Consider An Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship (Spring 2024)

Undergraduate (UG) Student Research Assistantships

Call for Proposals: 

Spring 2024 Undergraduate (UG) Student Research Assistantships

 Deadline: Friday January 19, 2024

The goal of the Valente Center Student UG Research Assistantship Program is to provide motivated Bentley undergraduates with meaningful research experiences alongside faculty mentors. Faculty benefit from student contributions as they work exclusively on research project(s) outlined by faculty members in their applications. Undergraduate research can take many forms, but in general, it teaches research practice as a form of experiential learning. Therefore, the work of student research assistants should reflect the scholarly environment of the university; research assistantships are not work-study positions. In some cases, undergraduate research assistants may work in research teams, but they are not “shared” among faculty members, as is the case with some departmental work-study students. The Valente Center suggests that faculty members present their research results to be published on the Valente Center website at the conclusion of the academic year.

All full-time arts & sciences faculty are eligible for the student research assistantships as well as any full-time faculty members working on interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research projects that incorporate arts & sciences fields.

Awards will be made per semester (and summer term) call for application, at max two consecutive periods per application and max 120 hours per application awarded. If you applied in the Fall and have been awarded funding throughout the Spring semester, there is no need to reapply.

Proposal Requirements (roughly 2-3 pages)

  • Name, department and working title of research project;
  • Brief description of the project and role of an undergraduate research assistant;
  • Desired skills and interests (e.g., library research skills; web database research skills; foreign languages; familiarity with field or subfield; interview and observational skills; specific software knowledge—spreadsheets, SPSS, etc.);
  • Student learning goals (e.g. disciplinary knowledge, research practice, skills);
  • Expected timeline of work over the academic year with examples of student tasks;
  • Number of hours requested, with a maximum of 80-120 hours per year;
  • Brief plan for supervision and mentoring, including frequency of meetings;
  • Potential candidates: We encourage faculty to identify former or current students who share their interest and work ethic, as these matches prove to be most successful if you have a specific student in mind. Please include the named student’s Bentley ID number and email address.

Per guidance from Bentley University we can only recruit and hire students who reside in the US. The Valente Center will post the positions on the student employment page on workday in January and will send an email to students notifying them of this opportunity. The faculty will notify the Valente Center of the student(s) to be hired or the Valente Center will post the positions and share any collected resumes to send to faculty for a decision. After students are hired via workday, the Valente Center will pay them $15.00 per hour for the research work performed. Students may not work more than 20 hours a week during the semesters.

Please send your proposal per e mail to Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts ( by Friday January 19, 2024.

Applications will be reviewed and final decisions made by the director in consultation with the Dean of Arts & Sciences and the Valente Center Advisory Board. Notifications will be made ASAP in late January.

For eligibility or questions about the scope of research projects, contact Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts ( For student hiring procedures, contact Alyson Becker (

Valente Center for Arts & Sciences SRA Program

Johannes (Hans) Eijmberts

Director, Valente Center for Arts & Sciences

Senior Lecturer, Global Studies


Adamian Academic Center 237

+ 1 781.891.2585

+1 617.888.9021


By Paul Stanish
Paul Stanish Associate Director, Undergraduate Career Development, Pulsifer Career Development Center