Global Research Assistant Program
The Global Research Assistant Program (GRAP) provides the opportunity for Tufts faculty members to receive funding for one or two Tufts undergraduate students to work on international research and impact projects for a minimum of eight weeks during summer 2019. This initiative is sponsored by the AS&E Career Center and Summer Scholars Program, the Institute for Global Leadership, 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 to two vetted undergraduate research assistants, 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 2019. The application deadline is Friday, December 20, 2018. Selected proposals will be announced in 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).
- 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.
- December 20: All application materials are due.
- January Finalists are notified.
- Mid-March: 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
- Agro-sociological Resilience in a Changing Climate
Colin Orians, Professor, Department of Biology, Arts and Sciences
8 weeks in San Jose, Turrialba, and Santa Maria de Dota, Costa Rica
- Battles for Historical Memory in the Southern Cone
Peter Winn, Professor, Department of History, A&S
4 weeks in Santiago, Chile and 4 weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Creating a platform for pro bono expert consultation in veterinary medicine to developing countries
Melissa Mazan, Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Sciences
1 week in Grafton MA, 3 weeks in Fez, Morocco, and 5 weeks in Grafton MA
- Development of a Novel Environmental Monitoring System for Detecting Antimicrobial Resistant Genes
Amy Pickering, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering
2 weeks in Medford MA, 6 weeks in Vellore, India
Evaluation of a cash-transfer program to prevent childhood malnutrition
Susan Roberts, Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
4 weeks in Boston MA, 4 weeks in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, 4 weeks in Boston MA
- How conservation and health information is transmitted between parents and children and among peer-networks at a Ugandan NGO
Zarin Machanda, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Arts and Sciences
2 weeks in Medford, 6 weeks at the Kibale National Park, Uganda