The Writing Across Engineering and Science (WAES) research group is looking for an undergraduate research assistant (https://publish.illinois.edu/waes/). We support engineering and science faculty and graduate students as they learn, incorporate, and adapt practices from writing studies research in ways that enrich both their technical learning objectives and their students’ communication skills. We also research the effectiveness of this support.
We are looking for reliable, curious students interested in learning about writing in STEM settings and qualitative research, particularly interview methods. Students of any major related to science, engineering, writing, or communication are encouraged to apply to join our interdisciplinary team. Initial responsibilities will include activities such as transcribing and analyzing interview data, writing research memos, observing interviews, and participating in project team meetings.
• Interest in writing instruction in STEM settings
• Available during both spring (minimum of 8 hours per week) and summer 2023 (minimum 20 hours per week for 10-12 weeks)
• Coursework related to writing and communication in STEM
• Prior qualitative research experience, particularly with transcription
To apply, please send a 2-4 sentence statement of why you are interested and a current resume to Dr. Julie Zilles (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please include ‘WAES undergrad application’ in the subject line. Review of applications will begin on January 30.