Global Research Assistant Program
The Global Research Assistant Program (GRAP) provides the opportunity for Tufts faculty members to receive funding for one Tufts undergraduate student to work on international research and impact projects for a minimum of eight weeks during summer 2020. This initiative is sponsored by the AS&E Career Center and Summer Scholars Program, the Office of the Provost, and Tisch College.
This opportunity is open to all Tufts Faculty. For questions about the program or application process, please contact Christine Hollenhorst.
- Further Tufts' commitment to global engagement within our mission as a student-centered research university by providing opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience working on global research led by Tufts faculty.
- Provide students with opportunities for transformative experiences through collaborative partnerships with Tufts faculty and community engagement with bold ideas and complex global challenges.
- Provide opportunities for students to develop competencies and skills useful to work and conduct research effectively in international contexts.
- Support faculty in carrying out their research internationally by providing additional resources (within or outside a specific technical area).
- One vetted undergraduate research assistant, vetted by the Sponsoring Units. Faculty will have the opportunity to select finalists.
- Student Orientation arranged by the sponsoring units on issues related to research ethics and health and safety.
- The program will cover the following costs:
- On-campus housing for the duration of the project at Tufts,
- Student costs associated with the international field component, including transportation, accommodation, and food costs,
- Modest stipend for the students.
Applications are now open to submit faculty research proposals for Summer 2020. The proposal deadline is Monday, January 6, 2020. Selected proposals will be announced in mid-January.
Proposals must include following criteria:
- Project Details: A brief but detailed description of the research project, its significance and global impact, and progress made to date.
- Project Timeline: A schedule of major events and activities during the duration of the Student Research Assistantship.
- Student Research Assistantship Description:
- The specific tasks and responsibilities for the Student Research Assistant(s).
- Specific qualifications the Research Assistant(s) will need to have in order to complete these tasks.
- Field Component Description: A description of the field component of the project. The description should include a description of accommodation, transportation, safety measures, on-site student contact, as well as an estimated budget associated with the international component (roundtrip airfare, meals and incidentals, accommodation). Please utilize the foreign per diem rate for meals and incidentals and accommodation.
- Learning Goals Statement: An outline of the learning goals faculty anticipate the Student Research Assistant(s) to achieve, or take steps towards achieving, through this experience, and how the faculty will evaluate such goals. In outlining these objectives, faculty may be guided by the Association of American Colleges and Universities Global Learning Outcomes:
- Become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences.
- Seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities.
- Address the world's most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.
Proposals must meet following criteria:
- Provide an 8-week (minimum) summer opportunity for Tufts’ undergraduate students to be significantly involved in a research project on issues of global relevance. Undergraduates could provide assistance:
- Within the specific technical area that is the focus of the research
- Outside of that area but helpful to the implementation of the research
- The research opportunity can include work in Medford/Boston/Grafton, but must also include an international component (of at least three weeks duration). Previous faculty leaders have found that a period of time spent at Tufts after the international field work has been extremely beneficial for synthesizing information and reflecting on the international experience.
- For the portion outside of the United States, there must be an on-the-ground contact for the student. This might be a faculty member, graduate student, research coordinator, or local partner.
- Compliance with safety and security requirements identified by Tufts Global Operations.
If necessary, the Supporting Units will work with faculty to revise proposals. Global Operations may require additional information and modification to the international field component logistics.
- January 6: All faculty proposals are due.
- Mid-January: Finalists are notified.
- Mid-March: Student finalists interview with faculty.
- End of March: Selected Research Assistants will be notified.
- Late May – Early June: Position begins. Timelines will be determined by individual faculty.
Past Research Projects
- Bird Stories, Then and Now
3 weeks in St. Andrews, Scotland, and 11 weeks in Medford
Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Associate Professor, Classics, School of Arts & Sciences
Jennifer Burton, Professor of the Practice, Drama and Dance, School of Arts and Sciences
- Do education programs influence children’s investment in conservation?
Zarin Machanda, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Arts and Sciences
1 week in Medford, 7 weeks at the Kibale National Park, Uganda
- Global Comparative Architecture and Urbanism: Exploring the ‘Unconscious’ Human Visual Experience of Da Nang (Vietnam) and Boston (USA)
Justin Hollander, Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, School of Arts & Sciences
4 weeks in Medford, 3 weeks in Da Nang, Vietnam, and 5 weeks in Medford
- Managing for Coffee Farm Resilience: A Socio-ecological Approach
Colin Orians, Professor, Department of Biology, Arts and Sciences
5 weeks in Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica, and 5 weeks in Medford
- Novel Governance of Security Concerns in Bioengineering
Samuel Evans, Research Professor, Science, Technology & Society, School of Arts & Sciences
8 weeks in Cambridge, England
- Owner presentation versus veterinarian diagnosis of cases presented to a hospital for working equids in Morocco
Melissa Mazan, Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Sciences
2 weeks in Grafton, 3 - 4 weeks in Fez, Morocco, and 3 weeks in Grafton
- Zoonotic and environmental transmission pathways of antibiotic resistant bacteria in Kenyan households
Amy Pickering, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
8 weeks in Nairobi, Kenya