Part-Time Research Assistantships
RA Interest Form
Booth provides RAs and prospective RAs with job opportunities, skills workshops, information sessions, and more. To sign up for our newsletter and hear about job opportunities that might interest you, fill out this interest form. Students who already have funding for research but are in need of a faculty supervisor may contact Stephen Lamb directly at Stephen.Lamb@chicagobooth.edu.
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How to prepare
Research assistantships come in many different shapes and sizes, and all require different forms of preparation. Some RAships incorporate their own training, and don't require advanced skills in coding or math. RAships that focus on data entry and validation are a good example of this. Such RAships often lead to more advanced opportunities if one performs well. More advanced opportunities call for more advanced preparation, which will vary by discipline.
In the quantitative social sciences investigated at Chicago, the ability to code up statistical analysis is important. The most commonly used languages are R, STATA, and Python. Generally speaking, faculty are not overly concerned about which language you are most familiar with: if you have competence in one language, you can generally pick up the syntax of another if needed. RAships in economics and related fields may require knowledge of statistics, including regression analysis and causal inference. Coursework in statistical models and methods, or in econometrics, is good preparation.
Background coursework in particular fields is also useful preparation for RAships. Even introductory coursework in behavioral science, economics, finance, and other fields can prepare an RA to conduct literature reviews, an important and common assignment for RAs. A background in mathematics is especially important for economic theory. While advanced math coursework is rarely necessary for RAships, it is important to take advanced math courses if one is considering a PhD. Calculus, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Proofs, and Real Analysis are all valued courses. Real Analysis in particular is seen as an important signal for a potential graduate student's performance in the first-year coursework of the PhD.
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Fill out this form to be notified of RA opportunities in fields that interest you. Faculty may also review your submission and reach out to you individually with research opportunities.