John Cabot University: the Academic Experience

For-Credit Research Assistantship

Students undertaking a for-credit research assistantship have an opportunity to deepen their research skills, while sustaining a more advanced research project in a specific disciplinary area. Research assistants may earn one unit of academic credit (on a P/NP basis) for the completion of at least 45 hours of work.

Faculty information

To place a call for research assistance during a particular semester, faculty members submit an application to the Dean's Office by a week before the first day of classes. If approved, JCU degree-seeking students will be notified of the call, and those interested should send their CV and statement of interest to the sponsoring professor. The sponsoring professor determines which eligible students may take on the position (it is possible to have more than one). To be eligible for a for-credit research assistantship students must be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Students on academic probation cannot apply.

Sponsoring professors should then fill out their part of the Student Registration form, and give it to the Registrar’s Office. 

Faculty Call for Research Assistant Application

Student Information

Students interested in for-credit research position should review the calls for research assistance, posted below and communicated to all degree-seeking students via JCU email.

To apply for a specific position, fill in the Student Research Assistant Application Form, and include a CV and a 1-page statement of interest.

If selected, the sponsoring professor will submit a Student Registration form to the Registrar’s Office before the drop/add period ends.

These courses cannot be used to fulfill general distribution requirements, or as Major Electives, or towards the fulfillment of Minor requirements; they can only be taken as general electives. Students can take a maximum of three for-credit assistantships within the 120 credit graduation requirement. They must complete at least 90% of their work by the end of the semester in which they are registered in order to receive a passing grade.

Available Research Assistantships

To apply for a for-credit research assistantship fill out the Student Research Assistant Application Form.

Academic Field: Any - focus on Education 
Research Topic:
Learner Centered Teaching in a Liberal Arts University

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The project aims to explore learning theory, learner centered teaching, and their possible application and implications in a liberal arts university. The outcome of the project will be a literature review and recommendation of strategies.  

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Khaison Duong 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The assistant will be searching databases and library resources to find relevant literature. The student might be observing and talking with faculty. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
The outcome will be a literature review. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
I will be guiding the student researcher with base knowledge about learning theory. I will introduce the student to core concepts while monitoring and directing the student's findings. 

Academic Field: Classics 
Research Topic:
Polybius

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: I am working on a small book project on the Greek historian of Rome, Polybius, and I require help in searching for Polybius related bibliographical material -- articles, books, and book chapters -- and in developing a comprehensive bibliography of sources across dimensions of Polybius's life and thought.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Seth N. Jaffe 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The RA will help in searching for Polybius materials online, via interlibrary loan, and also in photocopying articles and book chapters. Work will include summarizing/synthesizing material of interest and identifying literatures and schools of thought as well as relevant Hellenistic history in the period covered by Polybius in his Histories. Some knowledge of ancient Greek (and/or Roman history and its historians) would be helpful but is not essential.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
Beyond the collection of the research material itself, the development of a comprehensive Classics working bibliography of the collected materials.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
The RA will learn how to research a Classics/Ancient history topic thoroughly with an emphasis on our extant literary evidence as well as secondary scholarship. Some research on material culture may also prove necessary. 

Academic Field: Communications, Marketing, Creative Writing, Business, Digital Video Production 
Research Topic:
Various roles for documentary film production company

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The leading professor, Jenn Lindsay, is a social scientist of religion and a documentary filmmaker. She is also the co-founder and Producing Director of So Fare Films (www.sofarefilms.com), a documentary film production company and professional training program based in Rome. Presently she is in various stages of production and post-production of several different documentary film projects and requests assistance in the final post-production and marketing stages of film release and company launch. Students will help with honing our business plan and marketing strategy; fundraising and distribution strategies; generating social media and video content; and writing newsletter articles about gender parity and fair representation in the film industry. Students who want to create visual content will need experience using editing software such as Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro. This is a fun, tightknit, creative and productive group of students who learn a great deal about the process of rolling out professional films into the film festival and distribution stages, and the daily operations of a busy production company.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Jenn Lindsay 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
After an initial workshop orienting new assistants to our production company, team members meet with the full So fare Films team once weekly to assess progress and discuss projects. We operate in three teams and tasks are assigned within those areas: Artistic, Marketing & PR, and Crowdfunding. On their own time, assistants will make progress on their assigned tasks, which will range from: distribution delivery requirements, art design, supporting our upcoming crowdfunding campaign, blog writing, video tutorials, marketing research, press outreach, and screening the film projects and taking notes on revisions. The documentary projects in progress needing assistance, in order of priority, are: "Simulating Religious Violence": An 86-minute feature documentary about a group of computer scientists and religion scholars who join forces to create cutting-edge technology to understand, predict and prevent religious radicalization and terrorism. https://simulatingreligionfilm.com/ "The Modeling Religion Project Series." An 8-episode verité series about a group of computer scientists and religion scholars developing computer simulations of religion throughout history. In post-production. https://mrpseries.com/ "Minding Shadows." A documentary feature film about Rwandan Buddhist monk who travels the world teaching about mindfulness and healing from trauma. https://www.mindingshadows.com/  

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
Assistants will be asked to read some texts relevant to the independent film industry and digital media businesses. Attend 1-2 weekly meetings about the film and production company View Simulating Religious Violence and current cuts of all 8 episodes of The MRP Series multiple times, suggesting revisions to help bring the series closer to a final cut. Tasks are distributed among assistants to fully launch and raise the profile of the production company and the film projects. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
Our young creators hail from a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities. We bridge their theoretical classroom educations with professional film production and help launch them into their career tracks. Since we are female-founded and our international staff comprises a wide range of backgrounds and identities, we also promote a special mission--to support underrepresented demographics in the male-dominated film industry. These students will learn a lot about the independent film industry, arts and digital media organizations, crowdfunding, small business operations, and the demands of a busy, vibrant startup environment. Ideally, these assistants will help us steer our company into full liftoff, creating also the possibility of paid employment as the company grows.  

Academic Field: Communications and Media Studies
Research Topic: Media and the Environment: Researching the relationship between media, environment and climate change

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The purpose of this research is to gather and organize materials related to media and the environment and climate, and to organize them for a web resource.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Antonio Lopez
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
The student will perform a variety of tasks for the professor to assist him in researching and creating resources for an ecomedia literacy resource hub. In addition to basic research tasks, the student will learn bibliography management software and the digital humanities tool, Padlet. The student and professor will set fixed hours during the week, but most research may be done independently. The student is expected to work 3.5 hours a week on the tasks outlined below. Research tasks: • Organize media texts related to media and the environment • Research ecological footprint of the technological gadget production process • Research ecological footprint of social networks • Track down journal articles and books, and make interlibrary loan requests identified by the professor • Write short summaries of specific research tasks. Administrative tasks: • Make entries into bibliographical management software • Proofread and edit bibliographical entries • Organize and catalog media resources • Upload resources to Padlet and write brief descriptions • Write short summaries of Web pages. Skills to be acquired • Learn how to research media and climate change using JCU databases • Learn how to assess validity and credibility of sources • Learn how to use Zotereo (bibliographical management software) • Learn how to use Padlet.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
The student is expected to keep a research diary throughout the semester. At the end of the semester the student will write a short summary (two pages) of tasks completed and what was learned during the assistantship.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
The student will learn important academic research skills and will develop practical skills for how to manage complex bibliographies with database management tools. The professor will also direct the assistant to important background materials in order understand the nature of the research project.

Academic Field: Economics, Gender Equality, Digital transformation  
Research Topic: Digital Transformation and Gender Equality

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in researching and systematizing the relevant literature; identifying relevant research questions and gaps in the literature; providing feedback on preliminary versions of the manuscript; formalizing the manuscript (unifying citations, document formatting, proof-reading). Precise topics within the broad field of "Digital Transformation and Gender Equality" will be discussed with the professor and will take into consideration student's personal and professional interests. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: Digital female entrepreneurship, Industry 4.0 and Gender, Gender Equality in China, Digitalization and Gender Equality in Developing Countries, Impacts of Covid-19 on Gender Equality, Regional policies for gender equality. Student research assistants will acquire in-depth knowledge of a topic that is at the core of one of the Sustainable Development Goals ('Gender equality') set up by the United Nations. Formal skills for writing academic papers as well as organizational skills of an academic will be developed. Due to the reviewing of relevant literature and regular discussions with the professor, the analytic skills for identifying relevant research questions and writing scholarly texts will be developed further.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Alina Sorgner  
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
TBD

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
A written report.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
See above. 

Academic Field: English Literature
Research Topic: The influence of Frederick Douglass on Charles Dickens

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The research assistant will be involved in some of the research tasks for a book I am writing on the influences between Frederick Douglass and Charles Dickens to be published in the next year. Students will be responsible for helping me to organize relevant articles and research materials in Zotero, if needed. Students will also be working with online archives of Frederick Douglass and the letters and journalism of Charles Dickens and his contemporaries to discover possible connections between Dickens’s contemporaries and Douglass. They may be asked to assist in searching for particular materials via web archives, including newspaper sources. In addition, students will assist me in the process of requesting the necessary copyright permissions to reproduce particular visual materials needed for the book. They also be may involved in the construction of the index of the book. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Shannon Russell
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
The student will work closely with the professor to assist with research location and organization. They may also be also asked to help in sourcing and formatting of visual elements for the publication. Tasks will be done partly together and partly in the student's own time, and will involve collaboration with the librarians, when needed. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 
The student will have completed the sourcing and organization of relevant research material, index assistance and may have also done some proofreading of final versions of chapters.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
I will guide the student researcher to understand what I am looking for, what materials I need to review, and where they can be found. By the end of this research assistantship, students should be familiar with the operations of a number of digital databases, research tools, and the advanced functions of Zotero which will aid them in their own student research and writing. They may have done some basic research of relevant material and will have helped to organize material for review, offering summaries of relevant material if needed. They should also have a good understanding of copyright and the process of acquiring permissions for publication. In addition, they will know how important it is to organize research for a large project and to be familiar with advanced library searching mechanisms, databases, and other resources of the library and internet. By the end of the project, the current and newly acquired research will be organized in both hard and digital formats for ease of access and in terms of relevance for each chapter of the book. At every stage of this process, the student and professor will be working in close collaboration to make decisions as to how to find, organize, and acquire the relevant research materials for the book. They will also be required to work closely with the librarians and to draw on their expertise. 

Academic Field: Entrepreneurship
Research Topic: The Subscription Box Business Model in Italy

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: This research project intends to look at how the subscription box model, first inaugurated in the United States by the founders of Birchwood, has been 'translated' to Italy. The main research question is: Can the Subscription Box model be as successful in Italy as it was in the United States? The research assistant will be responsible for conducting an extensive literature review, identifying the main subscription box businesses developed in Italy, and comparing/contrasting the development of the business model in the US and Italy. The final output will be a 5-to-10-page academic paper.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Silvia Carnini Pulino
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
Main duties include: * searching databases for articles on the subject, both in the US and in Italy * mapping out the main / most successful subscription box businesses in Italy * interviewing some of the founders to better understand the drivers behind the emergence of such businesses * comparing and contrasting the two geographical environments in terms of this business model.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
The final output will be an academic paper of approximately 5-10 pages (plus bibliography).

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
We will have meetings every other week to scope out the work, structure the paper and monitor progress.

Academic Field: Entrepreneurship
Research Topic: A case study to illustrate the development of a subscription box business model in Italy

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The project consists in writing a teaching case study on This Unique, an Italian startup that uses the subscription box business model to democratize access to sanitary products, overcoming entrenched taboos. The research assistant duties will include: * research the literature on subscription box business models * conduct interviews with founders and employees of This Unique, as well as their customers * identifying the lessons that can be learned from This Unique's experience. The final output will be a teaching case study, 5-10 pages long.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Silvia Carnini Pulino
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
Regular duties will include: * Researching databases to obtain a background on the topic * Review analogous case studies to learn how to structure them * Conduct interviews with key players * Identifying the main lessons to be learned from the company's experience * Structure and write the teaching case study.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
The final output will be a teaching case study, 5-10 pages long.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
We will have meetings every two weeks to scope out the work, structure the research and monitor progress.

Academic Field: Film & Music studies; Gender studies; Filmmaking 
Research Topic:
Research for Professor Erika Tasini’s documentary film DONNACIRCO

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Professor Erika Tasini is currently directing a 90-minute documentary that chronicles the 50-year-long journey of DONNACIRCO, the first feminist record ever made in Italy. The album, which was originally produced in 1974 but never released by the record label BASF, is currently being re-recorded and distributed by a collective of 16 female artists (singers, songwriters and musicians). By exploring this intense musical trajectory, the film investigates if and how, in the last 50 years, the struggles faced by Italian women have changed. By doing so, DONNACIRCO intends to paint of portrait of Italy through the lens of gender, and, of course, cinema. In order to cover such an extensive topic, the filmmaker is currently conducting research in different areas, including 1) the role played by women in music between the ‘70s and nowadays; 2) feminism and activism in Italian history 3) films, books and articles that have approached a similar subject. Such research entails consulting Academic written sources as well as visual archives, such as ISTITUTO LUCE, AAMOD (Fondazione Archivio Audiovisivo del Movimento Operaio e Democratico), the CINETECA DI BOLOGNA and finally the HOME MOVIE ARCHIVES. In addition to identifying specific textual and visual materials to be included in the film (such as newsreel and archival footage), the research findings will also lead to select experts and relevant participants (historians, activists, musicians) that will be interviewed for the project. The researcher(s) will be actively involved in all parallel phases of this research.  

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Erika Tasini 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The researcher(s) will contribute to 1) select and catalogue relevant academic literature concerning a) Italian music history 1970-2021 b) the evolution of the feminist movement, with particular attention to the Italian context c) Italian and foreign films that have approached similar topics. 2) consult visual archives (ISTITUTO LUCE, AAMOD, CINETECA DI BOLOGNA) and select newsreel clips that can be used in the film 3) create a database of their findings in an organized Excel document 4) Produce a list of potential interviewees for the project. 5) provide feedback on the structural development of the project’s narrative structure.  

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
At the end of the semester the researcher(s) will have produced: 1) a bibliography of the Academic Sources. 2) An indexed list of visual sources (with links) in an Excel document. 3) a list of the potential interviewees with contact info. 4) feedback notes on the project’s narrative trajectory. Ideally, this work can be completed by a small team of research assistants. Coordinated by Professor Tasini, the team will meet regularly and tasks will be split fairly among the participating researchers.  

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
Each researcher will individually sharpen specific analytic skills with regards to: 1) how to conduct research through Academic and professional databases. 2) how to navigate visual archives in order to identify and license interesting newsreel footage. 3) In addition, each student will sharpen his/her own creative writing skills by giving feedback on the actual narrative structure of the film. 4) Since the work will ideally be completed by a small group of researchers, they will learn to collaborate responsibly in a team environment. 5) Finally, the researchers will witness (and learn from) the progress of a professional feature-length documentary in the making. And, in addition to the university credit, they will receive a ‘researcher’ credit in the film.

Academic Field: Humanities
Research Topic:
Transhumanism and Africa

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in realizing an online symposium on “Transhumanism and Africa” which is organized by Dr. Leo Igwe from the University of Cape Town and Prof. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
The symposium ought to be realized on Saturday the 26th of February 2022 via Streamyard such that it will be livestreamed on YouTube. The research assistant ought: 1. to support the professors in preparing the event; 2. To be in contact with the participants and prepare them for their participation; 3. To moderate the event which will be livestreamed.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
By the end of the semester, the video with the symposium ought to be available on YouTube.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
By assisting in this project, professional skills for organizing academic events as well as for moderating an online event can be developed. Due to the close interaction with world-leading scholars, academics, and intellectuals and discussing the related topics with the professor, the analytic skills for thinking about “Transhumanism and Africa” will be developed further. The work undertaken by the research assistant will be acknowledged appropriately.

Academic Field: Marketing
Research Topic: Sustainable consumer behavior and digitally enhanced consumer journey

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: I offer 2 different streams of research for students to join: The first one will investigate what it takes for consumers to adopt sustainable behaviors and overcome potential barriers, e.g., appropriate perception of quality and attributes, higher price, more complex waste disposal, etc. The second one will investigate how digital technologies have changed consumer experience in service choice and experience.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Anna Fiorentino
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
The research assistant will conduct literature review, highlight the key literature gaps to be further investigated and will contribute shaping the research hypothesis. Ideally, and based on the chosen subject, the research assistant will also conduct research on primary or secondary data to draw conclusions.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work: 
The final deliverable will be a research paper.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
I am personally invested in these research streams so I will actively work with the research assistant on a regular basis as a team.

Academic Field: Marketing, Advertising
Research Topic: The effectiveness of Woke Advertising for brands

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Marketing professionals recognised the usefulness of woke advertising (or cause-related marketing) as early as the 1920s ("Torches of Freedom" campaign that encourage women all over United States to light a cigarette as a symbol of emancipation). Since then, many brands used a social cause as a focus of their advertising campaigns. However, the effectiveness of these campaigns is still questionable as they evoke mixed feelings in consumers. This project aims at establishing how effective is woke advertising for improving the brand's image and overall performance. The research assistant will help with collecting the data for the text-mining procedure and depending on the qualifications of the assistant the initial analysis of the data.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tetyana Kholod
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
collecting the data for text-mining from the online sources (social media, news articles, and other online sources)

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
raw data ready for the text-mining analysis

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
Faculty-researcher will guide student research assistant on the best techniques for the data collection for text-mining and subsequently, if student shows the interest, on the text-mining.

Academic Field: Marketing, Consumer Behavior
Research Topic: The adaptation of restaurants in Italy to the post-Covid-19 reality

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The project aims at studying the change in consumer behavior due to the Covid-19 pandemic, specifically in the restaurant industry in Italy. For the purpose of the research the consumer survey was created in English and Italian. The research assistant is expected to help with collection and translation of the data under the supervision of sponsoring professors (an Italian native speaker is required due to the nature of the data).

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tetyana Kholod, Ieva Jakobsone-Bellomi
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
interviewing subjects (in Italian) searching databases (in Italian and English) translating from Italian to English

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
Raw data tables based on the survey results. Short written summary of the data (1 page)

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
The faculty-researchers will guide student through the data collection process and writing the effective summary of the data.

Academic Field: (Mathematical) Statistics 
Research Topic:
Student's distribution

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The purpose of this research project is to try and replicate the main result in B.L. Welch, "The Student's problem when several different population variances are involved," Biometrika, Vol. 34, No. 1/2 (Jan 1947) pp.28-35, by using moment-generating functions. We will also try to obtain an upper estimate to the number of degrees of freedom for the Student's distribution. The research assistant will meet with me on a regular basis and help me with the computations. They will also look for existing results that are relevant to the research project and prepare an annotated bibliography. The research assistant will thus develop not only their understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also their ability to undertake research. The ideal research assistant will have completed Calculus II and Statistics II by the beginning of the Spring 2022 semester.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Stefano Arnone 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The first duty of the research assistant will be to search for existing results that might be relevant to the research project and prepare an annotated bibliography. Then, they will help me with the actual computations. We will meet on a regular basis and strategize on how to effectively carry out those computations.  

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
Annotated bibliography; thorough check of computations.  

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
The research assistant will develop not only their understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also their ability to undertake research. Indeed, the assistantship will provide exposure to research methods and theoretical analysis which are particularly useful for anyone considering embarking on research at the graduate level.

Academic Field: Media Studies 
Research Topic:
Media and the night

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Prof. Diamanti is working on a research project on Media & the Night (see short project description here: https://nightologists.hypotheses.org/working-groups/media-and-the-night). She is particularly focusing on two aspects: 1) the creation of nocturnal imagery by emerging technologies adapted to the dark hours, such as infrared cameras, thermal imaging, and new documentary techniques both on streaming platforms and emergent/alternative media (an example of this is the Netflix documentary Night on Earth); 2) the particular place the acoustic aspect of media plays at night, by studying the sonic dimensions of media: from streamed concerts and night DJ sets, to experimental soundscapes and sound mapping at night, to radio shows and podcasts. Research assistants will help in cataloguing such media forms, present them, as well as supporting them with academic sources (literature review).  

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Eleonora Diamanti 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
Research assistant’s regular duties: 1) Create a database/catalogue of the assigned media (documentaries, films, podcasts, radio shows, etc.). 2.1) Research and select academic articles relevant to the assigned topic (visual culture and night) OR 2.2) Research and select academic articles relevant to the assigned topic (sound studies and night); 3) Produce a literature review on the assigned research topic; 4) Provide a complete formatted bibliography; 5) Provide feedback on the professor’s ongoing research.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
By the end of the 45 hours of work, research assistant(s) will: 1) Write a literature review of academic sources with a complete and properly formatted bibliography; 2) Produce a media database in Excel format for media and the night. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
This work will provide the student research assistant(s) with valuable “hands on” experience with: 1) developing critical thinking in researching and selecting academic sources in media studies; 2) developing writing skills in producing a literature review and formatting bibliographic references; 3) creating a database on media/night; 4) developing analytical tools to catalogue various forms of media. 

Academic Field: Philosophy / Business 
Research Topic:
Equality at work

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Although equality is generally taken to be a fundamental ethical principle, various forms of authority are often taken to be acceptable at work. So, (how) can authority at work be justified? And what are its limits? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some significant philosophical answers to these questions. We will meet to discuss the progress and results of the research, and to help you to write a literature review of selected sources and themes, which we will chose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research, explore it in discussion and in writing, and develop your own ideas about it. 

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022 

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
As indicated above, the research assistant will finally prepare a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
As indicated above, the professor will hold at least four hour-long meetings with the research assistant, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Academic Field: Philosophy / Gender 
Research Topic:
Gender and intersectionality

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: What do the “intersections” of gender with other categories imply for the understanding of “gender” itself? We will explore both critical claims made in the name of "intersectionality" and criticisms made of them. Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some significant philosophical answers to this question. We will meet to discuss the progress and results of the research, and to help you to write a literature review of selected sources and themes, which we will chose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research, explore it in discussion and in writing, and develop your own ideas about it.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
As indicated above, the research assistant will finally prepare a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
As indicated above, the professor will hold at least four hour-long meetings with the research assistant, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Academic Field: Philosophy 
Research Topic:
Child autonomy

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Assume that children are capable of more autonomy than they are typically allowed. How would allowing them more autonomy impact the goods and bads of being a child? And what do theories of autonomy as a relational property imply about how parental and other relations can promote or obstruct the development of children’s autonomy? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some significant philosophical answers to these questions. We will meet to discuss the progress and results of the research, and to help you to write a literature review of selected sources and themes, which we will chose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research, explore it in discussion and in writing, and develop your own ideas about it.  

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
As indicated above, the research assistant will finally prepare a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
As indicated above, the professor will hold at least four hour-long meetings with the research assistant, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Academic Field: Philosophy
Research Topic:
Philosophy of Posthuman Art

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in finalizing a monograph on the philosophy of posthuman art

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
The monograph ought to be realized on the basis of various articles by the professor, which have been published already. The research assistant ought: 1. to support the professor in arranging the articles in such a way that they form a comprehensive overall argument; 2. to provide support in updating the bibliographies of the texts; 3. to provide the professor with feedback concerning the reflections of the text, and 4. to help formalizing the manuscript (unifying citations, checking redundancies and style of the text).

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
By the end of the semester, the manuscript ought to be ready such that it can be sent out to publishing houses so that it can be considered for publication.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
In this way, formal skills for writing academic texts as well as organizational skills of an academic can be developed. Due to the close reading of the reflections on various aspects of philosophy of posthuman art and discussing the topics with the professor, the analytic skills for writing scholarly texts will be developed further. The work undertaken by the research assistant will be acknowledged appropriately in the publication.

Academic Field: Philosophy 
Research Topic:
Romantic love and identity

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: If lovers form a “we,” then what is this plural “person” or “self”? And how does it relate to and change a lover’s individual “me”? In this project we will research possible answers to these questions in certain philosophical ideas about personal identity, shared deliberation, and/or relational autonomy. Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some significant philosophical answers to these questions. We will meet to discuss the progress and results of the research, and to help you to write a literature review of selected sources and themes, which we will chose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research, explore it in discussion and in writing, and develop your own ideas about it.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
As indicated above, the research assistant will finally prepare a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
As indicated above, the professor will hold at least four hour-long meetings with the research assistant, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Academic Field: Philosophy  
Research Topic: Sexual consent and relational autonomy 

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Some feminist philosophers have argued that sexual “consent” presupposes an unethical relation between people. Others have argued that an individual’s autonomy depends on their relations with others. How might these two ideas be brought together to think about ethical sex in terms of the relations between those involved? Our aim will be to “map” and evaluate some significant philosophical answers to these questions. We will meet to discuss the progress and results of the research, and to help you to write a literature review of selected sources and themes, which we will chose based on your interests. You will thus develop not only your understanding of the relevant ideas and arguments, but also your ability to undertake research, explore it in discussion and in writing, and develop your own ideas about it.  

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Tom Bailey  
Semester of assistantship: SPRING 2022 

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
The research assistant will examine some of the main contributions to the relevant philosophical debates and prepare a scholarly literature review of them. They will first prepare a list of relevant sources, based on an initial bibliography provided by the professor and further research undertaken through the University library, with the help of the professor and the library staff. The assistant will then prepare an annotated bibliography of ten or so of the most significant sources. Finally, the assistant will write a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. At least four hour-long meetings will be held with the professor, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
As indicated above, the research assistant will finally prepare a 2000-word scholarly literature review of a more restricted selection of sources and themes, to be decided based on the assistant’s interests. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
As indicated above, the professor will hold at least four hour-long meetings with the research assistant, to guide the assistant in the research and writing, to review and discuss the work produced, and to teach relevant research and writing skills. 

Academic Field: Philosophy
Research Topic:
Transhumanism

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: Support in preparing a public outreach book on transhumanism

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Stefan Lorenz Sorgner
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties:
A public outreach monograph on transhumanism ought to be realized by September 2022. Currently, foundational research needs to be undertaken in which the latest inventions, scientific discoveries and media productions (from movies to Netflix series) concerning transhumanism need to be collected which will be included in the book as stories.

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:
The research assistant ought: 1. to support the professor in searching the latest news concerning inventions, scientific discoveries and media productions (from movies to Netflix series) which are relevant for transhumanism; 2. To create a database with the bibliographic data concerning the findings; 3. to discuss the contents of the findings with the professor. By the end of the semester, a vast database concerning the latest scientific, technological, and media developments which have to do with transhumanism should be available.

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills:
In this way, organizational and research skills of an academic can be developed. Due to the close reading of the texts and discussing the topics with the professor, the analytic skills for writing scholarly texts will be developed further. The work undertaken by the research assistant will be acknowledged appropriately in the publication.

Academic Field: Social and political science 
Research Topic:
Grassroots social movements  

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: This is part of a new research project in which the professor is collecting theories and methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of grassroots social movements in different sociocultural contexts. Research assistants will help the professor to build a critical and up-to-date literature review on the subject as the basis for specific case-studies to be developed subsequently.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Isabella Clough Marinaro 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
Research Assistants will be asked to read core recent works in the field and provide written summaries of them for discussion and in-depth commentary during fortnightly meetings.  

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
Submit accurate and thorough written summaries for each of our meetings and participate actively in discussions with other Research Assistants and the professor. 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
This position is aimed at students who are interested in studying political and social activism and the most recent theories on what strategies (political, communicative, financial etc.) are most effective in producing sustained social networks and concrete influence in social policy making. Students should enjoy critically reading complex texts and finding ways of conveying concepts in clear and precise English. The assistantship will provide exposure to advanced social science research methods and theoretical analysis which are particularly useful for anyone considering embarking on research at the graduate level.

Academic Field: Social robotics 
Research Topic:
Mind attribution to robots

Brief Description of Project and Research Assistant's Duties: The goal of the project will be to create an inventory of mind attribution/mind perception measurements of robots. Ideally, these measurements will include paper-and-pencil methods (such as a questionnaire straightforwardly asking how much a participant agrees with a number of items along the lines of "the robot is capable of feeling sadness" and "the robot is able to hope or long for things") as well as behavioral methods (e.g. helping a robot complete a task that it has indicated is important to it), as well as implicit (automatic and/or subconscious measurements) and explicit measures attribution of mind. A student assistant on this project will most likely mainly be helping in identifying and indexing literature on mind attribution (to both human and nonhuman agents). Time permitting, they may be involved in the design and setup of a study where different measures will be benchmarked as well.

Sponsoring Professor's Name: Merel Keijsers 
Semester of assistantship:
SPRING 2022

Full description of research assistant's regular duties: 
Searching databases, categorizing and summarizing measurement tools, possibly (time permitting) helping with the coding of an experiment (most likely through an online platform such as MTurk and/or Qualtrics) 

Description of the work to be completed by the end of the research assistant's 45 hours of work:  
Index of different measures of mind attribution 

Statement addressing how the faculty-research will help the student research assistant to develop his/her research skills: 
The student will be guided in how to effectively use academic search engines, select papers, and summarize results; the implications of different measurements will be discussed (methodological skills); if there is enough time, the student may be involved in the research design