Research Assistantships

Macaulay Research Assistantship Program

An opportunity afforded exclusively to Macaulay students in a seamless manner for undergraduate research in partnership with CUNY professors. Students who participate in research projects are able to gain invaluable experience working closely with an accomplished professional, learn research techniques appropriate to a discipline, and have opportunities that may lead to formal presentations at conferences or have their work published in print or other digital media.

The Macaulay Honors College Research Assistantship Program showcases CUNY faculty members pursuing original research in their various disciplines with curious and dedicated Macaulay students who are eager to learn more about a given academic field of inquiry. Students will learn through hands-on research experience under active supervision.

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Students can search for a research assistantship by submitting their resume and a short statement to

  • Resume: 1 page, .pdf format
  • Short Statement: 3 – 4 paragraphs answering the following questions
    • Introducing your academic and personal interests
    • Why you think this research is interesting/important
    • How you will add value to the project

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The faculty mentor will invite the potential student to an interview before choosing a Research Assistant. Discuss this position with your Macaulay Advisor before the interview to best prepare.

If selected for the position, the student must complete the online Internship Learning Agreement Form (and select research position) for further information check out this link. IMPORTANT: Must be submitted before the first date of employment. Be sure your MHC Advisor and Faculty member both approve the Internship Learning Agreement. The Career Development Office will give final approval for your participation.

Once you have completed your research assistantship, you must submit an online Internship Evaluation Form which can be found as part of their Internship/Undergraduate Research Learning Agreement record on CareerPath.

Additionally, at the end of the research activity, both the student and the faculty are required to fill out a final report describing the project and work completed. Lastly, Research Hours | Weekly Time Sheet will need to be submitted at the end of the assistantship.

Some research assistantships may not provide financial compensation but nonetheless offer significant learning experiences. The Opportunities Fund can be used to cover the cost of an experience that meets the Macaulay Honors College definition of an internship/research but is unpaid and for which you do not receive academic credit. Additionally, the Opportunities Fund can be used to finance travel expenses associated with internships/research outside New York City. You may also be eligible for a grant from the New York Community Trust. Speak to your Advisor about funds available to support your internship before applying.

Accessing the Opportunities Fund

There are summer research opportunities in labs across the country.  Formal programs are paid, include seminars and mentoring, and can be highly competitive.

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.

Note:  programs often require U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status.

CUNY Faculty interested in finding a Research Assistant can post the opportunity through the form below. We accept applications and post projects for the Summer semesters only. There is no deadline but we ask that faculty post projects at least a month before the proposed start date.

If you need assistance, please feel free to contact:

Jamie Ruden

Jamie Ruden
Career Program Coordinator

Macaulay Honors College
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