Now Hiring: Undergrad RA Position Focused on Advancing Racial and Social Justice in STEM Fields

The Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington is seeking an undergraduate student assistant to help with ongoing evaluation and research projects. CERSE conducts research and evaluation on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. Working as a highly collaborative team, CERSE is committed to increasing the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM education and careers.

This paid research position ($15/hour) is 8–15 hours per week. Work hours are typically between 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, and are flexible depending on the student’s class schedule. Approximately 90-95% of this position is work related to our evaluation and research projects, while the remaining portion is administrative duties. CERSE would love for the student to commit to work for the center for more than one quarter.

If you are interested in joining our team, please email Dr. Emily Knaphus-Soran at with the following information by Monday, October 14, 2019: 

  1. A brief letter explaining why you’re interested in working with us; please include your class standing.
  2. Your resume; list any relevant coursework and/or research experience.

Experience Gained:

  • An in-depth understanding of how program evaluation and research are conducted
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Skills in analysis and visualization of data
  • Skills managing databases
  • Familiarity with efforts to broaden participation in STEM fields

Duties will include:

  • Data collection, data entry, and database management
    • Developing databases of publicly available data
    • Generating descriptive statistics and data visualizations of survey data
    • Conducting simple statistical analysis
    • Coding qualitative data
    • Writing summaries of analytic results
    • Preparing materials for presentations
  • Office administration
    • Managing the CERSE email account
    • Assisting with website updates
    • Preparing administrative forms and problem-solving for staff
  • Weekly meetings to train, debrief, and provide guidance


  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Motivated
  • Friendly
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite
  • Currently enrolled undergraduate student at UW
  • Preferred: experience with website management (WordPress), SurveyMonkey, and data analysis (SPSS, STATA, R, NVivo)
  • We will train you on campus! 

Time Commitment & Equipment:

  • We hope that the student can work 8-15 hours per week.
  • The specific tasks and responsibilities will depend, in part, on the number of hours per week that the student is able to work, as well as the student’s schedule.
  • Regular meetings will take place with CERSE research staff to update on projects. 
  • Work will be conducted primarily at the CERSE offices in Savery Hall.
  • CERSE will provide all needed equipment and training.

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