Short-Term Research Assistant Service

MPC members can apply to use the services of a 10-hour per week graduate research assistant for a short period of time (up to 40 hours). 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.

To apply for this service, please send an email to and include 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. Information about the product that will result (e.g., a publication, a grant proposal, a conference presentation) and when that product will be produced

  4. A statement about current external funding support for the project

  5. A description of the specific activities the research assistant would do and (if not obvious) how they fit into the overall project

  6. The number of weeks the research assistant's services would be needed (at 10 hours per week) and a proposed starting date

Fall 2020 short-term RA will be Humphrey student Isabelle Schoppa

Isabelle's Skills and Experiences:

Statistical PackagesCompetent in STATA, R, and SPSS. Beginning knowledge of SAS.

Methods: I have taken several courses in statistical methods as well as a course in regression analysis. I have also taken courses in GIS methods and policy analysis methods. From taking MPC-affiliated courses and working as an MPC Diversity Fellow this summer, I have been introduced to population modeling methods and working with Census data from IPUMS. I also have experience conducting literature reviews and preparing manuscripts for publication.