What is a Research Coach?


A group discusses their project with a research coach.

A research coach is a paid student position available to both graduate and senior undergraduate students. Research coaches help instructors design a research project for an undergraduate class and then provide guidance to students as they plan, research, and present their research projects.

Benefits:

  • Being hired as a research coach is a great way for graduate students to gain valuable mentoring experience with a different focus than when working as a teaching assistant.
  • For senior undergraduates, it is a way to develop research abilities, and build strengths in preparation for graduate studies or further contributions to research.
  • For faculty, research coaches help provide personalized support to students as they develop research skills - perhaps for the first time.

Research Coaches:

  • Work with an instructor in a specified class and may help design a curriculum-based research project, coach undergraduate students in completing the project, and provide assistance in designing opportunities for students to share their projects with classmates;
  • Answer student questions and guide and support students regarding research processes;
  • Collaborate with the instructor and the students while students are planning, carrying out, and communicating their research;
  • Receive training, some on-going support, and a stipend for approximately 60 hours of work per three-credit course;
  • May dedicate up to 20% of their allotted time to providing formative feedback to students on their research project – with instructor's approval; 
  • Can hold this position in addition to a teaching assistantship, or another position on campus.

How to get involved:

  • If you’re interested in becoming a research coach, let your professors or supervisor know! Your interest might show them they have the support needed to introduce research projects into their own classes.