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.
2021-22 Sophomore Research Program Deadlines
|September 2, 2021||Faculty requests for Fall Semester student researchers due|
|September 15, 2021||Student applications for Fall positions due by midnight|
|November 9, 2021||Faculty requests for Spring Semester student researchers due|
|November 15, 2021||Student applications for Spring positions open|
|November 30, 2021||Student applications for Spring positions due by midnight|
|TBA – March 2022||Faculty requests for Summer Researchers due|
|TBA – April 2022||Student applications for Summer Research positions due by midnight|
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 are also 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 Wooster Library
- gaining technical skills through lab work and/or digital technologies
- enhancing critical thinking and writing skills
- building strong mentoring relationships with faculty members
Faculty members in any academic department are able to hire Sophomore Research Assistants.
The types of tasks an SRA can perform are varied, but might include:
- Performing a literature search and gather materials
- Lab assistance (observing current state and College health & safety guidelines)
- 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