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Current Opportunities for the Academic Year Part-time Research Assistant Program

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Academic Year Part-time Research Assistant Positions

The applications and project descriptions are posted in Stanford On- and Off-Campus Learning Opportunities (SOLO) and are linked to the research project titles below. 

Students may apply to as many projects as they would like but must apply to each project separately since the faculty mentors manage their own selection processes. 

Students must be enrolled full-time in order to participate. 

Carbon and Nutrient Content of Tropical Peat Soils

Tropical peatlands are the world’s most carbon dense ecosystems and must be protected from human disturbances to prevent the exacerbation of climate change. However, our understanding of how much carbon tropical peatlands store and where and how peats are able to form over thousands of years remains limited.

It is important understand the magnitude of tropical peatland carbon storage at different spatial scales and how it relates to environmental conditions, especially hydrology, in order to inform peatland conservation planning.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Alison Hoyt, Department of Earth System Science

Data, State Capacity, and Distribution in Post-independence Africa 

Tools developed in machine learning and computer vision have the potential to unlock vast amounts of previously hard-to-digitize historical data.

This project aims to leverage some of these developments to extract data from sources containing unstructured, or semi-structured, information – including newspaper data, staff directories, and maps – and to use these sources to speak to important questions around political and economic development.

Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Bowles, King Center on Global Development

Household Flooring Materials and Child Health 

Children are exposed to pathogens in soil when they play on the ground. In settings with primarily dirt floors, upgrading those floors to concrete is potentially one way to reduce these exposures.

The research team is conducting an individual participant data meta-analysis of the association between household flooring materials and child health outcomes.

Faculty MentorDr. Yoshika Crider, King Center on Global Development

Identity Politics and Policy Change: The Impacts of Quotas on Policy Outcomes in India

How does politician identity, particularly gender, affect the delivery of development programs in the world’s largest democracy? When and why does women’s descriptive representation beget their substantive representation? To answer this question the project will draw on a trove of administrative data from across India, to build a village-level dataset on the reservation status of elected positions and lists of elected officials for several past elections.

Faculty Mentor: Professor Soledad Prillaman, Department of Political Science

(Inter)National Capital Flows and Growth

This research project encompasses an umbrella of 3 separate setting where we study the role of bank branching on domestic and international market access from the 19th to 21st centuries. First, we examine the US before and after the Great Depression where we have unique branch-level balance sheet records that will allow us to model and estimate the importance of greater capital mobility on trade, growth, and financial resilience. Second, we examine the international economy using a novel city-level panel dataset of international banks where we look at how market access changed and impacted trade flows. Third, we study how access to banks impacted US industrialization and structural change in the 19th century.

Faculty MentorProfessor Chenzi Xu, Graduate School of Business