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Coverdell Chair Research Assistantship

The Paul Coverdell Endowed Chair – a focal point for the university’s multifaceted initiatives in public policy studies – sponsors one part-time undergraduate research assistantship each academic year. This assistant works directly with the Coverdell Chair 10 hours a week, conducting policy analysis and research.

To be eligible: Students must be enrolled fulltime and, at time of application, have successfully completed no less than 60 and no more than 80 credit hours.

Preference will be given to students who have:

•    demonstrated a high level of academic excellence with a minimum GPA of 3.2; 
•    successfully completed one or more university-level courses in quantitative-statistical methods; 
•    successfully completed two or more university-level courses in both economics and political science; 
•    complementary research and public-policy interests like those of the Coverdell Chair. 

The position, beginning Sept. 18, lasts 11 weeks in the fall semester and 12 weeks in the spring. Interviews will be held Sept. 13-15.

The application deadline is noon Monday, Sept. 11. Please submit directly to Dr. Roger Coate at

Applications consists of a brief introductory letter, one-page statement of interest, detailed resume and unofficial transcript. The one-page statement should explain why you want the position, what you hope to gain from the experience, what special skills and expertise you bring to the position, and how this fits into your career goals and aspirations. All materials should be combined into one Microsoft Word or PDF file, with the student’s “last name_first initial” in the subject line. 

Kim Knight
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