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Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) initiative in the School of Business cultivates and supports research partnerships between undergraduate students and School of Business faculty members. REUs provide an opportunity for undergraduate students, to work as part of the team on a faculty member's research project or to participate in a case competition requiring intensive research. REUs engage undergraduates more fully in the learning process and enable undergraduates to gain an appreciation of the role of research in business.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Faculty members submit descriptions of research projects for which they seek assistance. If approved for funding, the research project description and student qualifications will be posted on the GWSB REU web site. Students send completed application to David Ruda (ruda@gwu.edu) to be submitted to faculty members. Next, the faculty member selects the student from those who apply. Students will receive an hourly wage for working for the faculty member, based on amount of time worked and nature of the work.

The duties of the student must be definable and substantive rather than menial. Examples of tasks might include running statistical analyses, interviewing respondents, administering questionnaires, collecting data, or conducting library research. When submitting the proposal, the faculty member must identify the nature of the research, the expectations for the students, and the expected dissemination of that research (e.g., journal article, conference presentation). Students should be encouraged to participate in the dissemination of the research, perhaps participating in a GWSB research symposium to present the work. Students involved in these projects may not receive course credit.

For faculty members interested in engaging undergraduates in a research project, please fill out the application and submit to Ed Cherian, cherian@gwu.edu.

For student interested in applying for to work with a faculty member, please fill out the application and submit to David Ruda, ruda@gwu.edu.