1. What will I be paid?
This depends on the position and what the standard wage for research assistantships in a particular center, lab, or department is. Most Research Assistantships average between $8.50 - $10/hour and go up from there depending on experience. Hours vary, but cannot exceed 20 hours per week (including any other UK employment you may have).
2. Do I need research experience to get one of these jobs?
In most cases, no. The very purpose of this program is to give you a first experience in research and to make it worth your time. Your main qualifications are your FWS eligible status, your curiosity, and your willingness to learn.
3. What will I be doing as an undergraduate research employee?
The truth is, you could be doing just about anything from cataloging old photographs in UK’s Special Collections to collecting samples of pollen in Red River Gorge. You might find yourself working in a lab, but you could also be helping a music professor stage an opera or a Special Education Ph.D. student run a behavioral clinic. UK’s undergraduate researchers are found all over UK's local and statewide campuses, at extension centers, and in the field.
4. I indicated on my FAFSA that I was interested in FWS. Does that mean I am eligible for the UK WRAP program?
No. In order to be eligible a student must
Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline published on the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship’s website. If randomly selected for verification, all verification forms with appropriate income tax documentation must be submitted. Any other documentation requirements not associated with verification must also be completed. Returning students must complete this procedure each academic year.
be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
demonstrate financial need.
be a degree-seeking student enrolled at least half-time (i.e., no less than 6 eligible credit hours).
be working towards completion of their first undergraduate degree.
be maintaining UK’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy.
5. What are the minimum and maximums number of hours a student can work?
There is not a minimum number of hours a student can work; however, students cannot exceed 20 hours per week.