Regarding the duties, employment and work of research assistants.

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Decision between working at a national lab or starting graduate studies [closed]

To give some background: I accepted an offer to go to UIUC in the Fall 2015 semester to start my graduate studies program in Mechanical Engineering. I've been looking for potential professors to work ...
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Avoiding confusion over the term “Research Assistant”

When applying for non-research related work in the commercial sector, how should confusion be avoided over the term "Research Assistant" being used in a CV? Are human resources staff at companies, ...
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What is a graduate research assistantship?

What is the actual meaning of being a research assistant? I have only heard of masters in science and PhD.
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Short-Term Research Programs for International Students [closed]

I will finish my MS soon and I will apply for fall 2016-PhD. I am wondering is there any short-term research assistance program ( 6-9 months) especially in Australia or European countries? If there ...
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Are vacations counted for student research assistants in Germany?

I'm working as a student research assistant (HiWi) at a research group in a German university. My job is based on hours and it's mainly programming. In my contract I have to work 20 hours a month. ...
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Download research papers free [duplicate]

I know this may be not ethical. But I really need to have some research papers for protein isolation. I do that for my 4th year research in the university. I study Food Science and Technology ...
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Summer Research with Advisor or at National Lab?

I have the option of doing research with my advisor this summer (yay, funding!) or working with a collaborator at a highly-regarded national lab (a research position, but called an internship). I have ...
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Am I allowed to do the work for a research assistant (RA) without having been awarded an assistantship?

I recently finished my undergrad degree and'm now enrolled in an entirely online graduate (M.Ed) program in educational technology/instructional technology. Nonetheless, I'll be moving to the ...
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Confused between applying immediately to graduate school and taking a break for research experience

I am a junior undergraduate student (will be starting senior year in July) pursuing electronics and communications engineering. However, my interest and most of the work done till now in college is in ...
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Has anyone had to switch to a different research/study focus to obtain an RA postion?

To give a bit of context: I got accepted to UIUC for the Fall 2015 semester to start my graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering. I've been interested in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences as a ...
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<revised> Faculty positions in Asia at age 40+ from where I am now [closed]

First, I am really impressed with this website. Thanks so much for all your insightful comments and answers!! Some background info.: I am in my 30s and graduated with a MSc (Statistics) seven years ...
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Is it possible to accrue vacation hours during graduate study as a research assistant (GRA)?

I currently work full-time for the Department of Defense. I usually get three-weeks worth of paid time off every year. This has been helpful because I like to go back home to visit family for about ...
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Can I ask a professor to do work for him/her during the summer as a form of an internship?

I am a newly transferred undergraduate Earth Science major and because of this I haven't had any internship experience in my field, even though I will be going into my senior year this fall (I also ...
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Should Ph.D. students interested with research remain as research assistant until they find a research position or just find any job?

As faculty or postdoc positions at top schools are getting hard to land, should Ph.D. students interested with research continue to work as research assistants and publish more, or try to get a ...
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How do I turn down an internship offer by a professor because I have a better offer in a corporate research lab?

I applied to several corporate research labs for internships. Seeing no progress on my application, I emailed a professor in a top university asking for an internship. He was impressed by my work and ...
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How does a prospective applicant fail to qualify for RAship, but fit the bill for TAship?

I wish to know how the Graduate Admissions Committees for top Universities in the USA decide about awarding Teaching Assistantship to a prospective student. If one had preferred both 'RAship' and ...
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How much non-thesis work should a GRA do, and how to let PI know if I think it's too much?

I am a PhD student, and am being asked to do increasing amounts of non-thesis work. Some of this is general lab paperwork and small extra projects, which I'm happy to do and expect to lead to ...
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Would it be ethical for a computer science PhD student to hire an assistant (programmer)?

I was wondering if it would be ethical for a PhD student in the field of Computer Science to hire a programmer in an specific domain; so that he could focus more on the algorithmic or mathematical ...
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Is it ethically questionable for me (an undergraduate) to hire “research assistants”?

I am an undergraduate student being paid a (relatively speaking) hefty monthly research stipend. I need only some of this money to pay off my university fees and living costs, since I have wonderfully ...
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How To Volunteer Research Assistant?

I am a community college student in Computer Science field who likes to have good resume when I want to transfer to university, I found out this is very useful if I start to work in particular area in ...
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How to help a student researcher with narcolepsy continue research

I was torn between workplace and here, but I think the question is better here. I have an assistant researcher that I have indirectly worked with for 3 months, and for the past month have hired ...
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Should I list on my CV research assistantship positions under grants&awards?

Background of person is: first year Phd student, no publications, no research grants, but I have received a fellowship for my first semester that paid my stipend and tuition, so should I list the ...
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Why do graduate student contracts state “RAs shall work no more than 20 hours per week?”

I recently signed a graduate student contract. I had outside funding for some time but recently became a normal research assistant (RA) again, so must have missed a contradictory clause when I signed ...
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How to get into research jobs after working in corporate technical jobs

I am Performance and Automation Testing engineer who recently moved into IT Security in Singapore. I hold a BSc in software system (full-time) and MSc in IT (distance learning program). I have 9+ ...
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How is it common that universities provide assistantship positions for their graduate students? [closed]

Do a lot of graduate programs provide assistantships to their students (e.g. teaching or research assistantships)? How common is it for graduate students to be paid while going to graduate school?
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Do any schools offer teaching or research assistantships via distance education?

I would like to complete an MRes or PhD, but do not live in an area with any schools. I would rather not relocate. I see that many schools offer paid MRes or PhD programs entirely via distance. Do ...
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What is the likelihood of a PhD admission if a professor agrees to supervise?

A very nervous potential PhD student here! Long story short, I have been applying to quite a few bioinformatics PhD programs in the US and been rejected from most of them. I did my masters in the ...
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Paid position at a US lab

Can one get paid while conducting research at a US university lab, without being a staff, student, visiting student, or a postdoctoral fellow? What are possible titles that are acceptable by grants? ...
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Is it possible to hire graduate students as freelancers?

I am currently working in the engineering industry. I am developing software in this field in my free time. I got stuck in some algorithm, and I'm looking for help from academia (either professors or ...
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Can research papers be mentioned as projects in a cv?

After working as a research associate at an institute i tested and assisted in the development of some research works with little contribution, which gained me research papers as a second author.Can i ...
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Contacting professors about research

I am starting a MS in CS program this summer. My department is small and my particular concentration is both small and new. Currently only 3 professors at the school are listed as having research ...
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When can a professor refuse to sign off on a committee-approved thesis?

(Breakdown of a larger issue - full story here) I did a masters research project as part of a grant project my professor received. Her project was to redo a standard, widely design using a new ...
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Is it Common to hire and fire people in lab frequently?

So I have never seen this happen in other research labs in my university and i am trying to get into the mind of my advisor and understand what his intentions are . We are an HCI lab of 2 people and ...
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Do Machine Learning and Vision Labs outside the USA hire non-student,non-postdoc Research Assistants?

I am currently on a visiting research assistant position at a US university for a year. My visa will not allow me to start a similar position in the US after this stint is over, and I am looking for ...
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My advisor tried to find my faults and kick me out of the research?

I am a international student in a ivy league school under J1 visa ( i can work only in school). I am now working as a researcher after I got the degree. I did sign the contract that I will work for 2 ...
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How to effectively explain casual research assistance projects on CV

Recently, alongside my day job (high school teacher), I have been taking up casual short-term research assistant jobs - these are not only paid, but also include me being a co-author of the paper(s) ...
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What are the opportunities to do research under good professors/organisations?

I am an electronics and communication engineering final year student. I have a 6.5/10 GPA. I do not have an exceptional academic record, or any finished research papers in my name to boast about. But ...
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Question about ethics and possible misappropriation of research funds

I am working for a professor who started out recently. Most new professors get start-up funding from the department which helps them pay for their first students. Right now I am working in the lab ...
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Supervisor and GRA roles in submitting a grant

I am required to complete 300 practicum hours to fulfill my requirements in a Masters program. I decided to fulfill these hours by creating a practicum experience with my GRA (graduate research ...
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What are the career prospects after being an RA?

I'll be eligible to apply for the master's in Computer Science within a semester (2 max). I'm working as an undergrad for a research group (I'm implementation -- programming). I'd like to know what I ...
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Will not having a publication affect my PhD chances even though I have research experience?

By the time I apply for a PhD, I will have almost a year of experience as a Research Assistant, but I doubt I will have a paper published till then. The project is still in the data analysis stage, ...
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Is a research assistantship considered full-time employment?

For something I'm applying to, I need to know if I'm considered a student, a part-time employee, or a full-time employee. I am a graduate research assistant with a yearly stipend. No other ...
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Is it ethical to use a data-set made as a research assistant?

Two years ago I was a research assistant during my undergraduate and my sole duty was the aggregation of many economic surveys, a very tedious task. This data-set, to my knowledge is one of a kind. ...
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When does a paid research assistant become a co-author?

What amount of work should a well compensated research assistant put into a paper before they're included as a co-author? Is there any norm? Suppose this is a field where 1 to 3 authors on any given ...
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Why are some research groups not so ethnically diverse?

Some research groups especially the ones at lower tier united states schools contains excesssive amount of students who have the same nationality with the professor. Even some chinese professors group ...
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What can I do to get an admit in a Neuroscience program?

About me: I work full time often more than 60 hours a week but I want to go to college to be a neuroscientist. I live in the US and have bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering. My goal is to get ...
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Important qualities for Research Assistanship applicants

1.What qualities do professors (assume STEM if necessary) look for in students (in their MS) when recruiting them for an RA (Research Assistantship)? 2.Consider the follow scenario: Person 1 : ...