Wright State University’s Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) is an applied research center focused on urban, suburban and rural issues—including workforce and economic development, education, community development, housing, and health—earning a state and regional reputation for excellence. We are continually hiring qualified students to work in the Center. Graduate students work directly on grants and assist principal investigators conducting research, undergraduates work as research assistants, and both graduates and undergraduates work in our telephone survey lab. Local agencies also request MPA students to work for them on special projects.
Graduate Research Assistants
All Regular Admission MPA students may apply for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position or Graduate Assistant (GA) position. Students work 20 hours per week during the academic terms in the Department's Center for Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA) or on special projects. 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.
2014-15 GRAs in CUPA
- Lisa Brown, Second year GRA, BA Spanish and BS Psychology, Wright State University
- Francis Chibundi, Second year GRA, BS Criminal Justice, Indiana University-Purdue University
- Elyse Giardullo, Second year GRA, BA Liberal Studies, Wright State University
- Melissa McCarthy, Third year GRA, BS International Studies, Wright State University
- Olivia Morris, First year GRA, BS Psychology, Denison University
- Hani Termanini, Second year GRA, BS Economics, Aleppo University and MS Business Consulting, Furtwangen University
2014-15 Special Project GRAs and GAs
- Philip Ferrari, First year GRA for the Office of Service Learning, BA Education, Heidelberg College
- Latasha Fuller, First year GRA for the Greene County College Success Partnership, BA Political Science, Winston-Salem State University
- Ethan Harris, First year GA for the Master of Public Administration Program, BA Political Science, Wright State University
- Chelsea Ruby, Second year GRA for the Greene County Safe Schools/Healthy Students Program, BS Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati
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.
2014-15 Undergraduate Research Assistants
- Emily Bingham, English and Management
- Devin Filip, Computer Science
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 common—their ability to complete deadlines.