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WashU Research Ambassador Program (WRAP)

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is currently recruiting the inaugural cohort of WRAPers, knowledgeable and passionate undergraduate researchers interested in supporting their peers’ research journeys through advising, programming, and community building. The WRAP application will be open from September 15 - October 8, 2023.

WRAP Overview

The WashU Research Ambassador Program (WRAP) aims to increase awareness of and facilitate participation in undergraduate research across disciplines at WashU. WRAPers will serve as the student face of the OUR, with roles in both supporting and developing the office’s goals toward building pathways for all students to engage in high-quality undergraduate research experiences. 

Benefits of Participation

  • Impact the educational experience of your peers and future undergraduate researchers 
  • Be part of a community of engaged undergraduate researchers 
  • Help shape undergraduate research initiatives at WashU 
  • Develop strong leadership, communication and presentation skills 
  • Expand your professional network 
  • Get paid! Ambassadors receive a wage of $15/hr for their efforts. 

Requirements and Eligibility 

  • Full-time enrollment as an undergraduate for 2023-24 in good academic standing 
  • At least two semesters or one full summer of research experience in any discipline. Part of that experience must have been mentored by a WashU faculty member. 
  • Concurrent involvement in research at the time of ambassador appointment 
  • Commit to a two semester (fall, spring, summer) term, contributing 2-5hrs/week up to ~35hr/semester of service. Semesters need not be consecutive. 
  • Demonstrated potential to grow organizational, communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills. Must be able to provide a supportive environment for a range of students 
  • Interest and ability to publicly share your research and research experience 
  • Commitment to actively participate in all assigned responsibilities (see below), including the development and improvement of the WRAP 


Promote undergraduate research 

Participate in panel discussions, presentations to classes and campus groups, and other informational events to share resources and your experience with undergraduate research. 

Serve as a peer mentor 

Provide one-on-one advising and mentoring to students with similar interests and goals, helping them understand the benefits of undergraduate research and how to get involved, find research opportunities and apply for funding and programs (~2 hours/week office hours). 

Develop and Lead Programming 

With support from the OUR, WRAPers are empowered to design and direct workshops, information sessions, and outreach materials to enhance their peers’ undergraduate research experience, learning, and sense of community.

Assist with Program Administration

Contribute to OUR programming, including organizing, promoting, and running the biannual Undergraduate Research Symposia. Those selected for the WRAP also serve as a student advisory board and provide critical feedback to help evolve the program and improve OUR resources and initiatives. WRAPers will attend periodic (~1/month) meetings to connect with one another and the OUR team to exchange and discuss pertinent information and activities. 

Application Process

Required Components

  • Online application 
  • Background information and eligibility 
  • Three short answer questions regarding the strengths and experience you can bring to the role 
  • Current resume or CV 
  • Contact information of research mentor who can serve as a reference for this role 
  • Informal interview with OUR staff 

2023-2024 WRAP Application and Selection Timelime

  • Application opens: September 15, 2023 
  • Application deadline: October 8, 2023 by 11:59PM 
  • Interviews: October 11-13 
  • Ambassadors selected: October 17 
  • Begin ambassador duties: October 23 

The recruitment process will begin again in Spring 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year WRAP. 

Apply now!