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Research Assistant Positions

Working as a research assistant is a great way to gain hands-on experience in social work research. Both graduate and undergraduate research assistants participate in a variety of faculty-led research projects. Several students are currently assisting with the Mason Music & Memory Initiative (M3I), implementing a personalized music intervention in over 100 nursing homes across the state of Virginia. Research assistants have been able to work with faculty to submit abstracts to local and national conferences, and have participated in presentations and contributed to manuscripts on topics such as foster youth aging out of care, advance care planning, and non-pharmacologic interventions for older adults and their caregivers.

For long-term opportunities hired each year, visit the undergraduate research assistant or graduate research assistant page. 

Current Opportunities

Long-Term Care Facility Program Assistant

BSW or MSW student to work on a research project up to 10 hours per week at $15-20/hour. Project management working with residents and staff at a long-term care community. Need to be available one day a week for a few hours to go out to the long-term care facility. Project includes collecting and entering data, interacting with residents and staff, reviewing the literature, preparing manuscripts and other tasks.  The job starts August 19th (some flexibility) until the end of the Spring, 2020 semester (and possibly longer if students are available).  Please contact Cathy Tompkins,, if interested.



Social Work integrative Research Lab (SWiRL) Undergraduate Research Assistants

The Social Work integrative Research Lab (SWiRL) is accepting applications from undergraduate students to become research assistants for the 2019-2020 academic year. SWiRL provides undergraduate students the opportunity to work with MSW students and faculty on research projects about topics including health inequities, advanced care planning, juvenile justice and child welfare, inter-generational mobility, and kinship care. This is an opportunity to develop research skills in a supportive community. Learn more on the undergraduate research assistants page

Bachelor of Social Work student Alison Purvis and Master of Social Work student Alison Bartley present research at Mason Graduate Interdisciplinary (MaGIC) Conference