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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

Music & Memory Research Assistant

The Department of Social Work is seeking research assistants for a study of the impact of music on dementia in older adults.  Research assistants must have their own cars to drive to nursing facilities.  The time commitment is two times per week for 3 hours per session for 4 weeks. The department is able to pay a one-time stipend of $250.00 for a research assistant to work during the Spring 2020 semester.  At the facility, the research assistant will meet with 3 persons with dementia individually for 60 minutes to help them listen to music that is personal to them. While the person with dementia is listening to the music, the research assistant will observe and record any emotion or behavior changes that occur.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring joy and pleasure to a group of people who are very ill, while gaining valuable professional experience for a resume.   If interested, please send your name and phone # to Kristen Suthers:  For more information about our study and to see video of the Music & Memory program, go to

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