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REACH U2 Graduate Research Assistant

Job Summary

The graduate research assistant will supervise and support 6 undergraduate students in the 2023 REACH -U2 summer program.

The REACH -U2 program at the University of Utah is seeking a highly motivated and skilled graduate research assistant to join our team this summer. The REACH U2 program offers an intensive ten-week summer research experience for undergraduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities ( HBCU ) in North Carolina. Our program provides opportunities to a cohort of undergraduate student participants to gain hands-on research experience in disciplines at the intersection of health disparities and biomedical research, including cancer research, public health, and bioinformatics.

The graduate research assistant will support the cohort for the duration of the program, from May 15 through August 15, 2023. This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week, and is eligible for a hybrid work schedule.

This position offers a competitive compensation rate of $25 per hour, 13 weeks for a total of 260 hours. In addition to this compensation rate, the position also offers valuable experience in research and program administration, as well as opportunities to engage with a diverse cohort of undergraduate students from HBCUs.

To apply, please submit a cover letter describing your experience working with undergraduate students that includes a diversity statement; resume/CV; and a list of three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Each employee has a unique background and life experience. We believe that maximizing diversity fuels the success of our organization. In your cover letter or during your interview, we invite you to share how your background, beliefs, and experience will prepare you to be effective in working in an environment that values diversity and is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Serve as the primary point of contact and representative of the REACH -U2 program for the undergraduate student participants, ensuring their needs and concerns are addressed and that they have a positive and productive research experience. This means checking in with students regularly, supporting communication among students and between students and their mentors, reminding students of scheduled program activities, providing practical advice and recommendations for activities outside the structured program, and participating in some, if not all, structured social events.
  • Attend and host weekly in-person REACH -U2 curriculum sessions (1.5 hours each) that are facilitated by University of Utah faculty and leadership.
  • Foster an engaged and supportive cohort, recognizing the importance of building camaraderie and community among the students. This is particularly important as the cohort will be in a new environment in Utah, and we aim to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where all participants feel valued and supported. The graduate research assistant will play a key role in facilitating this environment and promoting a positive and productive research experience for all involved.
  • Lead data collection, management, analysis, and evaluation.
  • Attend virtual team meetings with the Program Manager and/or Director and provide input on program direction.
  • Provide end-of-program report and feedback for the Program Manager and Director.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in a relevant field (e.g., public health, health services research, sociology)
  • Strong administration skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Reliable transportation to the University of Utah campus is highly preferred
  • Familiarity with data management system REDCap or willingness to learn REDCap (training will be provided)
  • Interest in working with undergraduate learners
  • Demonstrated commitment to making the University of Utah an inclusive, diverse community


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Last Updated: 5/10/23