May 19, 2022

The Undergraduate Research Program (URP) is currently accepting applications for a Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA) position for the appointment period of 9/16/22 – 6/15/23.

Title/Pay Classification: Staff Assistant 50% FTE

Appointment period:  9/16/22-6/15/23

Application open: May 17, 2022

Application deadline: June 10, 2022

Notifications will be sent by: July 6, 2022

Salary: Salary and benefits (including tuition) are commensurate with academic standing per the labor contract and salary schedule that govern academic student employees. 

Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) shapes, advances, and stewards a world-class undergraduate academic experience for students at the University of Washington. Staff, faculty and students in UAA deepen and enrich the learning experience for all undergraduates, recognizing and supporting the unique learning path of each individual student and the commitment of each academic program to excellence in learning and teaching.

Within UAA and the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity (EXPD), the Undergraduate Research Program (URP) facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with faculty members across the disciplines. URP staff comprise a small, dynamic team who assist students in planning for an undergraduate research experience, identifying faculty mentors and projects, defining research goals, presenting and publishing research findings, obtaining academic credit, and seeking funding for their research. URP maintains a listing of current UW undergraduate research opportunities and related national programs, and facilitates a collection of academic year and summer research programs, including a new initiative for first-year students called the Early Scholars Program. URP is also responsible for planning and executing the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, which provides a forum for students to present their work to the university community and the public. Information about our program offerings and ethos is available on the URP website:

The primary responsibilities of the URP GSA include:


  • Advise students in all academic disciplines interested in becoming involved in undergraduate research.
  • Offer guidance to students on resumes and cover letters as they apply for research opportunities.
  • Provide advising, psychosocial support, and a sense of community/belonging for early career STEM students as they transition into the university and into research experiences as part of the new Early Scholars Program.

Instruction & Workshops

  • Assist in the planning and instruction of new courses designed for students in the Early Scholars Program, including taking lead responsibility of assessment of student learning by reviewing assignments and quizzes.
  • Facilitate URP information sessions and workshops related to abstract writing, poster design, and other research skills.

Event & Program Planning

  • Assists with development of the Early Scholars Program, including helping to facilitate matching students with research mentors.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of meetings and events with students, including those in  the Early Scholars Program.
  • Assist in the planning of the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium, including organizing the layout of the poster session, communicating with undergraduate participants and a variety of other support functions prior to and during the Symposium.


  • Represent the Undergraduate Research Program at various campus outreach activities, seminars, and events.

Administrative Support

  • Provide clerical support for the Undergraduate Research Program, assist in daily operations (i.e. managing URP email), and office organization.
  • Collaborate with the URP director to summarize and analyze student and faculty assessment from summer programming.
  • Attend regular URP staff meetings.

The primary responsibilities, qualifications, competencies, and work conditions of the position are outlined in the PDF attached to this email.

Application Instructions:

Applications should be submitted via Handshake (Job #6486954). The position is open until 11:59 pm on June 10, 2022. Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible. Please email Sophie Pierszalowski at with any questions.