Short-Term Research Assistant Service

MPC members can apply to use the services of a 20-hour per week graduate research assistant for a short period of time (typically up to 4 weeks). Priority is given to projects that (a) have a population studies focus, broadly construed; (b) can quickly result in a publication and/or grant proposal; (c) can clearly benefit from short-term research assistance; and (d) do not already have external funding. Preference will be given to junior faculty. All MPC faculty, postdocs, and research staff members are eligible to use this service.

To apply for this service, please complete this form with the following information:

  1. Your name and departmental affiliation
  2. Details about your project: A title and a short (~2 paragraph) description of the overall project's goals and activities
  3. Describe the relevance or alignment of the project with the MPC's primary research areas
  4. Information about the product that will result (e.g., a publication, a grant proposal, a conference presentation) and when that product will be produced
  5. A statement about current external funding support for the project
  6. A description of the specific activities the research assistant would do and (if not obvious) how they fit into the overall project
  7. The number of weeks the research assistant's services would be needed (at 20 hours per week) and a proposed starting date

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Beginning Summer 2024 we will have two short-term RAs: Applied Economics PhD student MPC member Mphatso Banda and Humphrey Graduate Student and MPC member Lillian Norman. In Fall 2024 the short term RA will be Xiaowen Han

Mphatso's Skills and Experiences: Stata, E-views, R, Python, GAMS, SPSS, Excel, Rats
To learn more about his research skills and experience, please visit his MPC webpage

Lillian Norman's Skills and Experiences:  Stata, R, ArcGIS, NVivo, Qualtrics, Excel.  

Experiences: Statistics (casual inference, research design, and data visualization), ArcGIS (buffer construction, data joins and relates, visualization), Qualitative Analysis (survey design, coding, transcribing, and thematic analysis)

Coursework: Statistics and Econometrics for Public Affairs, Program Evaluation, Population Studies Practicum, GIS for Planning and Policy, Industrial Organization
To learn more about her research skills and experience, please visit her LinkedIn webpage.