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Research Apprenticeship Program


2016-2017 Research Apprenticeship Application Process

In partnership with several other units across the Athens campus, the Honors Tutorial College is continuing to administer a campus-wide undergraduate research apprenticeship program for the summer of 2016 and academic year 2016-17.   


The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program provides opportunities for students to expand their research skills by supporting faculty research. The goal is the creation of a lively intellectual experience that is mutually beneficial.


Faculty in all academic disciplines will be considered for research apprenticeships. Tutoring in HTC is not a requirement for participating in this program. 


Approximately 30 apprenticeships will be selected by an interdisciplinary faculty committee for funding. Faculty members will be funded to: 

  • Hire a student to work for 28 hours a week for the first summer term.
  • Hire a student to work for 28 hours a week for the second summer term.
  • Hire a student to work for 28 hours a week for the entire summer.
  • Hire a student to work for 10 hours a week for the 30 weeks of the 2016-17 academic year. 
  • Hire a student to work for 10 hours a week for the 15 weeks of one semester, either Fall 2016 or Spring 2017. 


Students will be paid $10 an hour for their work. Faculty members do not receive additional compensation beyond having the student work on the faculty member’s research project. 


While the work that research apprentices undertake may be independent in nature, substantive oversight must be provided by the faculty member.  If your plans involve spending a significant amount of time away from campus, please do not submit a proposal for that time.  




All faculty members on the Athens campus who have not been awarded an apprentice within the past two years are eligible to submit proposals.  Students need not work for a faculty member from their own major. 

Application Procedure

Faculty members wishing to apply should e-mail a CV and the Faculty Poposal/Working Agreement Form to Laura Schaeffer, Director of Enrichment

Programs ( no later than 5:00PM on Friday, January 22nd. Notification of funding status will be sent in early February. Descriptions of the funded projects will be made available to students across the Athens campus mid-February. Student applicants will interview with the respective funded faculty members, who will make the final selection and for their own research apprentices.  This includes notifying the selected and non-selected students. 

Process of Hiring and Approval of Time Worked if an Application is Selected


The funded faculty member will ask the apprentice to stop by our office at 35 Park Place and pick up a payroll packet to complete.  They will need to provide a copy of their driver’s license and social security card, or just a copy of their passport.   They will also need their bank account number and the bank’s routing number.  After we receive their completed paperwork, they will be hired in WorkForce, the university’s online payroll system.  


The student will enter their hours worked each day, and then submit their electronic timesheet at the end of each two week pay period. The supervising faculty member will be responsible for going into WorkForce and approving their hours. Instructions on how to approve student hours in WorkForce will be provided.  


It is important for the students to know that their apprenticeship is only approved for hours completed during the funded term, at $10 per hour.  They may not work on holidays, more than 8 hours a day, or more than 28 hours a week.  


You will receive automatically generated emails from Payroll reminding you that it is time to approve your student’s hours.  Note that you will receive repeated emails even after you have approved your student’s hours if any of the other faculty have not approved their student’s timesheets.  


Faculty applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, January 22, 2016. We cannot accept late applications. 


If you have questions related to this process, please contact Laura Schaeffer, Director of Honors Enrichment Programs, 593-2725.  



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