Research Assistantships

To promote original or creative intellectual contributions by talented undergraduates, the University Honors Program provides qualified and motivated Honors students with opportunities to participate in research assistance for academic credit with faculty around the university.


Students work with the Honors Program to discuss their goals and expectations and to register for academic credit for their research work. Students seeking 3 credit hours should expect to dedicate an average of six to nine hours a week, with the understanding that some weeks may be busier than others. Students seeking 2 credit hours should expect four to six hours a week, and those seeking 1 credit hour should expect between two and three hours a week.

If credit is sought, students must work with faculty to complete an Honors Contract. Students will then submit the form to the Honors Program. Learn more about contract courses here.

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All full-time GW faculty members can advertise Research Assistant (RA) opportunities to students in the University Honors Program. Faculty must submit descriptions of research projects along with desired student qualifications. Students will apply for the position directly by submitting a statement of interest and résumé directly to the faculty member and faculty will select the student from the applicant pool. The Honors Program oversees a satisfactory experience for both, and provides academic credit to the student through HONR 2185. 

By advertising a RA opportunity to students in the Honors Program, faculty agree to:

  • Provide substantive research related assignments to student research assistants.
  • Provide student research assistants with a written evaluation of their work. 
  • Submit a grade (letter or P/NP) through the Honors Program for students’ research work (if work is done for credit).  

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If you have questions about research assistantships, please contact a Program Manager.