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The Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR) has coordinated with the Office of Student Financial Aid in order to allow students to use their federal work-study funds to work as undergraduate research assistants for faculty at George Mason University. The goal of this initiative is to expand opportunities for students to be introduced to the concept of scholarship, and to learn the research or scholarly methods in their field, while giving faculty FREE research support.

For more information about this program, please review our Federal Work Study Research Assistantships Manual.

Please be aware that students cannot concurrently participate in the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program.

How to Write a Position Description

All positions must give the students direct experience with research or scholarship, at a level that is consistent with the student's skills and interests. These are not secretarial or other administrative support positions. We expect that you will treat the OSCAR work-study research assistant as a full member of your research or creative team. 

A good position description will include:

  • 2-5 sentences describing the project and requirements for the position
  • reasonably nontechnical and written in language geared toward undergraduate students
  • include contact information, in case a student has direct questions about the position

As requested by Financial Aid, all position descriptions must be submitted on the following form: On Campus Position Request Form

How to Post a Position

Once you have completed the On-Campus Position Request Form, please email it to oscarfws@gmu.edu.

If you would like to offer a position to a work-study eligible student for the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year, please complete the On Campus Position Request Form and submit it to oscarfws@gmu.edu for processing.

OSCAR will help faculty facilitate the posting of all federal work study undergraduate research assistant positions to the HireMason website. OSCAR will screen student applications, and forward appropriate student resumes to faculty members to choose their OSCAR Work-Study Research Assistant. While, we will make every effort to match faculty projects with undergraduate students, we cannot guarantee that this will happen for every job posting. If you are interested, please contact OSCAR for more information.

Additional Details

The pay rate for these Federal Work Study Research Assistantships is $10.00/hour.

There is no cost to the faculty member or department, as OSCAR and the Office of Financial Aid are sharing the expense.

Faculty members can assign graduate students or experienced undergraduate students to serve as mentors for the OSCAR Undergraduate Research Assistant.

Faculty will be asked to assess the student's skills, through interviews and observation, on the Students as Scholars Rubric at least twice during the semester.

Positions have the potential to be extended for multiple semesters. Students who develop a new research idea from the assistantship may apply for the URSP in the future. Students are also eligible to apply for the USTF if they are an author of a project presented at a conference or other appropriate scholarly event.


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