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UG Research Assistant Program (UGRAP)

The UTA Undergraduate Research Assistant program allows students to use their federal work-study to work on a research project under the guidance and mentorship of a UTA faculty member. The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship, and to learn the research or scholarly methods in their field; and to give faculty free project support.

Students hired for this program engage in an exciting faculty-mentored undergraduate research experience.  They hands-on experience working in their field of study under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  This part-time employment opportunity will allow students to develop valuable skills that will directly enhance their education and benefit them in your career planning. 

 Expectations for the Student:

  • Students will work as a research assistant for the assigned faculty member for approximately 215 hours (in the fall as spring semesters) or 125 hours per in summer semesters. This employment along with any other employment may not exceed 19 hours per week, combined. The schedule will be worked out between the student and the faculty member.

  • Students will fill out a bi-weekly timesheet on time to get paid.  Unprocessed time sheets will not be paid, and cannot be made up in the future.

  • Students will maintain a daily research log/journal and participate in pre and post experience surveys.

  • Students will engage in a research project that will culminate in them preparing and submitting the following:

    • 2-page Research Essay

    • 1-slide PowerPoint Presentation

    • Research poster

    • Undergraduate Research Reflection Essay 

  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, the pay rate is $9 per hour.


Student research assistants contribute to research projects by participating in a wide range of research activities—from preparing materials and collecting data in science labs to conducting and summarizing library research to managing databases, conducting data analyses, organizing project records, and much more.

Duties may include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Library Research

  • Literature searches

  • Managing databases

  • Summaries of primary sources

  • Organizing project records

  • Data collection

  • Data analysis

  • Interview transcriptions

  • Laboratory techniques

  • Data analysis

  • Writing


Students must file a FASFA and be awarded student work study by financial aid, to work up to 19 hours a week. This employment along with any other employment not to exceed 19 hours combined.



  • Must have at least 12 semester hours at UTA

  • Must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (at UTA)

  • Must be an undergraduate student

  • Must be a US Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident

  • Eligibility is based on demonstrated financial need and is calculated by the UTA Financial Aid Office. You must have already been awarded federal work study to apply for these positions. For specific questions about your eligibility for financial aid and the federal work study program, please contact the UTA Financial Aid Office.

 How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the online UGRAP application by the deadline.

  2. In addition to the UGRAP application form, you will also need to apply via SNAP jobs.  

    • For Summer 2018, the position will open in SNAP jobs on May, 1, 2018.  

    • For Fall 2018, the position will open in SNAP jobs on July 23, 2018.   


Work Study eligibility form

Once you are hired for a FWS position, we will need your "Work Study Eligibility Form." The form becomes available on your MyMav account 10 days prior to the start of the term. For more information about this process, visit