Research Assistantships fund faculty-student collaborative research projects, culminating in a co-authored scholarly publication. Student & faculty stipends available for those who qualify. Only faculty can apply for research assistantship for their students. Faculty and/or students can submit or view abstracts of research articles here.

Program Overview


The Research Assistantship (RA) Program promotes graduate and undergraduate scholarship development by funding collaborative faculty-driven original research in collaboration with a student research assistant. Completion of this program will result in:

1. A coauthored scholarly manuscript submitted for review (e.g., journal, book chapter)

2. An abstract suitable for acknowledgement on the PEGS website

3. Co-presentation at the PEGS Symposium and campus academic venues

Program Description



  • The call for collaborative research project applications is open to continued tenure-line (both tenured, tenure-track) faculty and lecturers.

  • Where applicable, the faculty mentor must have obtained IRB approval before their application can be considered by the PEGS committee.

  • The select RA must be either a graduate student or an undergraduate with junior or senior standing. All potential RAs must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better. It is advised that some students may find it helpful to register for one fewer course than normal during the research assistantship; however, this is not required.



All RAs will receive a stipend for the 150 hours of collaborative research with a faculty mentor and a separate stipend for completing eight hours of RA training seminars hosted by PEGS. If the potential mentor has been a faculty member for more than one academic year, then they will receive an academic stipend of $2000. Faculty stipends will be dispersed after PEGS has received confirmation of your manuscript submission


Overview of Program Structure

  • The standard award support for the research assistantship program is 150 hours over a 15 to 20-week period (one semester). The research timeline within each period will be decided by each individual project team. Each faculty member will coordinate regular meetings with his or her research assistant.

  • If project teams cannot submit a manuscript in the 15-week period, the faculty mentor and PEGS will meet regularly to decide a realistic timeline for submission that does not exceed six months after the competition of the 150 RA stipend-covered hours.

  • The joint RA Orientation will be attended by both faculty and RA mentee at the PEGS center.

  • The PEGS Scholarship Team will provide eight hours of pre-scholarship training for RAs once the applications have been accepted. Ongoing support will also be provided at the PEGS center for the duration of the research assistantship.


Application Guidelines

The Research Assistantship (RA) program will provide funding for 15 collaborative, faculty-driven research projects per semester. Each research project team will consist of one faculty member and one student research assistant. The two members must apply together, completing one application. Faculty members may only apply for one research assistant per academic year. Student researchers may only participate in the RA program once. However, there is no limit to the number of times a faculty member can participate in the RA program, though preference will be given to research projects that have not previously received PEGS support. Upon approval by the PEGS Scholarship Committee, the faculty and RA member will receive an award letter confirmation.

Qualifications and Requirements

All Students

  • Are CSUDH graduates or undergraduates in good academic standing (with a GPA of 3.0 or better)

  • Can work up to 40 hours per month (maximum 10 hours per week)

  • Attend the 2016 PEGS RA Program Orientation and the RA training seminars (dates TBA)

  • Attend regular meetings with the faculty member during the project

  • Provide monthly progress reports to PEGS

  • Complete a reflection statement at the end of the project

  • Optionally, mentor incoming research assistants during a future pre-semester training sessions


All Faculty

  • Provide the PEGS office with a completed application for your original research project

  • Attend PEGS RA Program Orientation (date TBD)

  • Collaborate on and submit a scholarly co-publication manuscript for review, along with an abstract for publication on the PEGS website

  • Complete and submit a monthly checklist of tasks and duties undertaken by student Research Assistant

  • Co-present at an on-campus panel, a PEGS symposium


Application Components

Faculty-student applicant teams please submit all the components of your application to PEGS. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Please label your respective application components with the headings listed below and submit them to PEGS in the following order:

  1. Application Form: (included below)

  2. Abstract and Faculty Members’ Original Research Proposal: a) indicating which tasks you seek to accomplish over the course of the research assistantship, b) specifying your research hypothesis (depending on your discipline), and c) indicating what will be the impact of publishing this research within your discipline (750-1500 words)

  3. Research Methodology: a) indicating and describing the type of investigation to be conducted, and b) if human subjects are involved provide confirmed IRB clearance for this research. If applicable, please indicate the specific journal or conference to which you intend to submit this collaborative work (150-250 words)

  4. Mentorship Philosophy Statement: indicating a) how you approach mentoring students and engaging them in collaborative research, and b) what role the student research assistant will play in this particular research, and c) a tentative list of activities or assignments the student research assistant will undertake (250-500 words)

  5. Timeline Statement: indicating the schedule on which you intend to accomplish the tasks outlined in your proposal (250-500 words)

  6. Publication information: indicating a) title of the journal(s) to which you intend to submit your co-authored manuscript for publication; b) that publication’s deadline for manuscript submission and frequency of publication (i.e., annually, quarterly); and c) a rationale for the selection of this journal as your publication choice (250-500 words)


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