Do I have to provide financial support to an undergraduate researcher?
During the academic year, most students do research for credit (see below). Occasionally a student qualifies for the Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program and may receive financial compensation for a research position through that program. Your departmental administrator should be able to provide details. The OUR does not typically compensate student researchers during the academic year, however some exceptions are made when students require funds to travel (to professional meetings and conferences or to access special libraries and archives, for instance) or to otherwise facilitate a research project. Many laboratories funded by external grants are able to pay student researchers during the academic year as well as in the summer, however this is not always the case and financial support is always at the discretion of faculty.
Can I give my student academic credit for research?
Typically during the academic year, research performed by students qualifies for academic credit, generally called either independent study or thesis research. Additional details are available from your departmental administrator.
Does the OUR provide funds for laboratory and other supplies for undergraduate researchers?
No, our funding restrictions prevent us from providing support for any supplies.
Where can I send my student for help with writing an article or presentation?
The Writing Center offers free services to all students currently enrolled at Washington University to assist in all stages of the writing process. The Speaking Studio at The Writing Center will videotape your student’s presentation for review by a trained tutor.