Research Assistantships

Macaulay Research Assistantship Program

A cornerstone of the Macaulay experience is undergraduate research. Students who participate in research projects gain invaluable experience working closely with an accomplished professional, learn research techniques appropriate to a discipline, and have opportunities that might lead to formal presentations, such as at conferences or in print or other media.

The Macaulay Honors College Research Assistantship Program matches CUNY faculty members pursuing original research in their various disciplines with curious and dedicated Macaulay students who are eager to learn more about a given intellectual field of inquiry. These pairings of scholars and students work together to create new knowledge in a discipline, affording students an opportunity to make valuable contributions to the work of their faculty mentors. Students will learn through hands-on research experience under active supervision.

Students apply for a research assistantship by submitting an application through CareerPath.  The process of matching student interests and faculty needs is simple. A faculty mentor writes a short proposal describing their project and the work involved, which we post on CareerPath. Students apply for a research assistantship by submitting a short application describing their interests and preparation through CareerPath.  The faculty mentor will invite the potential assistant an interview before choosing an assistant. Discuss this position with your Macaulay Advisor before the interview.

If selected for the position, the student must complete a Research Assistant Commitment Form and have this document signed by the faculty mentor.  The student must then submit the job description and Commitment Form to the Macaulay Advisor.  The advisor will give final approval for your participation.

At the end of the research activity, both the student and the faculty are required to fill out a final report and a Research Hours Time Sheet .

Students will also present their work at the annual Macaulay Scholars Research Expo in May

Not all research assistantships are funded.  However, the student can explore a few options to be compensated for work on a research project:

  • Request payment through a faculty mentor’s research grant
  • Receive academic credit through your home campus
  • Request an Opportunities Fund grant ($10 per hour, maximum of $1200 per project) by filling out a Payment Request Form.

In order to be paid, students must submit a Research Hours Time Sheet signed by the faculty verifying the number of hours completed.

Nationally funded summer research opportunities

There are summer research opportunities in labs across the country.  Formal programs are paid, include seminars and mentoring, and can be highly competitive.

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Note:  programs often require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.

Available Positions

Positions are posted on a rolling basis on CareerPath.

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Posting a Research Opportunity

CUNY Faculty interested in finding a Research Assistant can post the opportunity on CareerPath, our online job board.  We accept applications and post projects on a rolling basis. There is no deadline but we ask that faculty post projects at least a month before the proposed start date.

If you need assistance, please feel free to contact:

Jamie Ruden

Jamie Ruden
Career Program Coordinator

Macaulay Honors College
(212) 729-2906(212) 729-2906
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