Graduate Research Assistantship for Ph.D. in Higher Education Student

This graduate research assistant will work on a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) multi-year Driving Change (DC) grant. The HHMI DC project at UVA will focus on supporting student success in STEM by working with faculty to make courses, curricula, and departmental climates more inclusive, as well as creating a range of student-centered supports to enable students from all backgrounds to excel in STEM. This research assistantship would work directly with the assessment efforts of the project, overseen by Professor Karen Inkelas.

This four-year assistantship would begin in Fall 2024 and extend through Spring 2028 and includes:

  • Full tuition remission
  • Health insurance
  • Annual academic year stipend of $24,000
  • Annual summer stipend of $6,000

The ideal candidate for this assistantship would have experience using mixed methods and/or an aptitude to develop the needed skills. Desired quantitative skills or experiences include designing survey questionnaires and conducting basic statistical analyses (descriptives, correlations, etc.). In addition, a background with qualitative methods is preferred, such as protocol development, interview and/or focus group facilitation experience, and qualitative analysis abilities. Candidates must have experience or demonstrate a strong interest in studying the experiences of diverse populations and/or students’ trajectories through STEM.

In order to qualify for the assistantship, the prospective candidate must apply and be admitted to the higher education Ph.D. program. The deadline for applications to the Ph.D. program is December 1, 2023.