Dr. Laura Antkowiak (formerly Dr. Laura Hussey) seeks an undergraduate research assistant for the spring 2022 semester. Expected duties will include providing behind-the-scenes support to a research project on civic agency that Dr. Antkowiak will be conducting with her POLI 301 students; finding and summarizing academic literature, political commentary, and possible data sources for emerging research topics; developing her UMBC website; and various information-search activities to support her teaching. If needed, depending on skill level, duties may also include coding survey data.
The position will pay $15 per hour for 5-10 hours of work per week. Work may be performed either remotely or on-site in the Political Science Department, although applicants who prefer remote work should ideally be available to come to campus occasionally during business hours for an in-person meeting.
Applicants should demonstrate a strong record of academic achievement, interest in American politics and policy issues, effective communication skills, and intellectual qualities of a (developing) social scientist such as curiosity, open-mindedness, and the will and capacity to think critically. They should also be reliable, accessible, flexible, trustworthy, and willing to learn new skills as needed. Having earned an A in POLI 301 or a comparable research methods class is strongly preferred, although not strictly required.
Interested students can apply by emailing a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to Dr. Antkowiak at email@example.com. If necessary, they should be able to provide the names of two professors as references. Dr. Antkowiak will review applications as they arrive and continue until the position is filled.