Sophomore Research Program

The Sophomore Research Program (SOREP) provides opportunities for students to work as paid research assistants to Wooster faculty members. Through this program students become true partners with faculty in the research process and acquire an understanding of the process involved in conducting research.

Timeline for Spring SRA Applications & Hiring

  • Tuesday, 10/31: Call sent to Faculty to complete SOREP Application Form
  • Monday, 11/13 at 9am Faculty Application Form submissions close
  • Monday, 11/13 and Tuesday, 11/14: Faculty Notified of Approvals
  • Thursday, 11/16 @ Noon: Session with HR for Faculty new to the Hirezon system
    • Tuesday, 11/28: Message will go to all eligible students to encourage applications
    • Monday, 12/4: Reminder message will be sent to eligible students noting that additional SOREP job descriptions have been posted
  • Job postings are due to Madison NO LATER than 12/1 for posting prior to January 2024
  • 10/27-12/8 Faculty interview and select students and submit Student Employment Action Form (SEAF) to HR or send student’s full name and ID# to Tracy Mathys ( who can assist with the hiring process.
  • ALL JOB POSTINGS WILL CLOSE ON 1/19/2024, unless individual arrangements are made with Tracy

Look for Current SRA Positions:

Spring 2024 Positions will be posted soon!


Students are eligible to participate in the program from the second semester of their first year through the first semester of their junior year. Sophomore Research Assistants (SRAs) generally work 3-7 hours per week for the semester and 20-40 hours per week during the summer. Students may also be eligible to earn course credit for work as a SRA, much like an internship.  

Additional benefits for participants in this program include:

  • providing excellent preparation for future academic endeavors, such as Independent Study.
  • orientation physical and digital resources through the College Library
  • gaining technical skills through lab work and/or digital technologies
  • enhancing critical thinking and writing skills
  • building strong mentoring relationships with faculty members


All full-time faculty members are eligible to apply for a Sophomore Research Assistant.

The types of tasks an SRA can perform are varied, but might include: 

  • Performing a literature search and gather materials 
  • Lab assistance
  • Conducting structured interviews
  • Transcribing or editing interviews 
  • Coding and/or analyzing data for themes 
  • Fact-checking and assistance with proofreading a manuscript 
  • Formatting citations for an article 
  • Organizing a folder of PDFs into a library in Zotero
  • Creating presentation slides and posters on faculty research (via PowerPoint or other programs) 
  • Assistance with setting up a WordPress professional website  

Please contact Tracy Mathys (x2388) or Dean Christa Craven with any questions.