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Wright State University’s Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) is an applied research center focused on urban, suburban and rural issuesincluding workforce and economic development, education, community development, housing, and healthearning a state and regional reputation for excellence. We are continually hiring qualified students to work in the Center. We hire graduate students to work directly on grants and to assist principal investigators conducting research, undergraduates to work as research assistants, and both graduates and undergraduates to work in our telephone survey lab.

Graduate Research Assistants

All Regular Admission MPA students may apply for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position. GRAs work 20 hours per week during the academic terms in the Department's Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA). GRAs are supervised by Principal Investigators and assigned to projects that will expand their ability to conduct research, develop their analytical skills, interact with professionals in the field, and gain practical experience in solving public and/or nonprofit administration problems.

2013-14 GRAs

  • Lisa Brown, First year GRA, BA Spanish and BS Psychology, Wright State University
  • Francis Chibundi, First year GRA, BS Criminal Justice, Indiana University-Purdue University
  • Juleda Hyde, Second year GRA, BS Accounting, Union College
  • Melissa McCarthy, Second year GRA, BS International Studies, Wright State University
  • Sharon "Beth" Pratt, Second year GRA, BA Social Work, Wright State University
  • Matthew Russo, First year GRA, BA History, Ohio State University
  • Hani Termanini, First year GRA, BS Economics, Aleppo University and MS Business Consulting, Furtwangen University

Research Assistants

Any undergraduate student, regardless of degree, is invited to apply for our research assistant positions. Available jobs are posted through Career Services. Our undergraduate researchers work on a variety of projects, including programming, entering data, and inputting surveys.

2013-14 Undergraduate Research Assistants

  • Emily Bingham, English and Management
  • Devin Filip, Computer Science
  • Amanda Phillips, Geography
  • Jacob Rush, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interviewers

CUPA conducts telephone, mail, web-based, and person-to-person surveys on behalf of local and state governments, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies. Over the past decade, CUPA has completed over 400 surveys for different organizations across the State and nation. We continually hire both graduate and undergraduate students of all majors who are interested in working in our telephone survey lab. Available jobs are posted through Career Services.

We currently employ up to 15 telephone interviewers who each work up to 20 hours per week. They come from a wide variety majors, but they all have one thing in commontheir ability to complete deadlines.