University Assistantship Program FAQs

The purpose of the University Assistantship Program is to provide Honors students with the opportunity to participate in research or career-related projects under the mentorship of expert faculty and staff. The program is developmental and provides training, resources, and support to gain relevant skills in your area of interest and for your future profession.

  • Honors incoming first-year student
  • Current Honors student with a 3.5 GPA

Yes. Please consult with International Student and Scholar Services to review your visa status.

No. The University Assistantship Program is only for undergraduate Honors College students.

  • Honors incoming first-year student: The Honors College will send all incoming Honors first-year students an email invitation to apply to the Program in June.
  • Current Honors student with a 3.5 GPA: Current Honors students cannot “apply” to the Program, but they must be recommended by the faculty or staff mentor who will serve as their project supervisor. If available, the Recommendation Form can be submitted during the listed time frame. Depending on funding, recommendations are accepted in the fall and spring.

  • Honors incoming first-year student: You can apply in June. The invitation will have exact dates, but you will have approximately 2-weeks to apply.
  • Current Honors student with a 3.5 GPA: There is no application for current students. You must receive a recommendation.

Once you have located a faculty or staff mentor who has an eligible project, then they can nominate you through the UAP Recommendation Form mentioned above. The Research Program Coordinator notifies each department about recommendation dates.

Eligible projects include work that contributes to your academic and professional development. These projects are above and beyond what would be completed as a departmental student assistant. Essentially, the project would need to be at a level that you could reasonably transform into a GSURC presentation, thesis project, or DISCOVERY submission.

No. University Assistantship positions are developmental and training is provided.

  • Honors incoming freshman
    • Mid-July – August
  • Current Honors student with a 3.5 GPA
    • Fall recommendations: Mid July – August
    • Spring recommendations: Mid-November - December

Yes. University Assistants are compensated $2500 for the year. You are paid bi-weekly and by the hour.

Yes. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can be recommended for a position.

For further details, please read the University Assistantship Program Policy and Procedures.