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Current Opportunities for the Summer Undergraduate Full-time Research Assistant Program

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Summer Quarter 2022 Full-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.

The base stipend will be $7,500 for field research if travel is possible, a base stipend of $5,500 for remote research, and additional funding for financial aid or on-campus housing, if needed and the student qualifies. 

The Political Economy of Nepal

Avidit Acharya, Department of Political Science

This project studies political development in Nepal. Nepal's rich political history and isolation from the rest of the world until the mid-twentieth century makes it a fascinating case for studying the process of modernization in a closed society.

Apply via SOLO


Increasing Farmer Engagement to Alleviate Poverty

Susan Athey, Graduate School of Business

Cardinal Quarter community partner: Precision Development (PxD)

The team runs experiments that deliver individualized information that enable farmers in Pakistan to improve crop optimization. By designing and testing the optimal message content, they can develop a scalable method that lifts large populations out of poverty.

Apply via SOLO


Emollient Therapy for Improved Survival and Growth of Very Low Birth Weight Infants in Zimbabwe 

Gary Darmstadt, Department of Pediatrics; Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health

Cardinal Quarter community partner: University of Zimbabwe

Mortality of very low birth weight (VLBW) infants at the Univ of Zimbabwe Sally Mugabe Central Hosp is 58%. We will set up a clinical trial to test whether sunflower seed oil applications will reduce mortality of hospitalized VLBW infants by 25%.

Apply via SOLO


Data-driven Approaches to Trafficking Detection

Grant Miller, School of Medicine

Cardinal Quarter community partner: Federal Labor Prosecution Office, Brazil

The Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab is a multidisciplinary research collaboration working to bring the most promising innovations in research methods and modern data science to the fight against traffickers. 

Apply via SOLO


Gendered Networks

Soledad Prillaman, Department of Political Science

Cardinal Quarter community partner: PRADAN, an Indian-based NGO

How can women’s voices be better represented in existing political institutions? This project seeks to understand whether stronger linkages between female citizens and elected representatives augment the representation of women’s interests.

Apply via SOLO


Transforming Systems of Early Autism Detection and Intervention in Bangladesh using Mobile AI Methods

Dennis Wall, Department of Pediatrics

Cardinal Quarter community partner: Dr. Naila Z. Khan, Bangladesh Protibondhi Foundation and Square Hospital

Our team seeks to understand the ability of gamified and crowd-powered systems to aid in the screening and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Bangladesh through home videos collected via mobile platforms. We will use machine learning algorithms to improve screening and diagnostic methods for children with autism or other developmental disorders, relying on home videos and parental responses to questions. 

Apply via SOLO


International Banks and Trade During the Ages of Globalization

Chenzi Xu, Graduate School of Business

From the mid-19th century until WWI, international banks expanded throughout the world and were a significant form of short-term capital flows. These banks have not been studied in a comprehensive way, and this project collects comprehensive data on their locations and operations annually at the city-level for a period from 1850 until 1914 and will link those bank operations to patterns in international trade. 

Apply via SOLO


Bureaucracy and Development

Xueguang Zhou, Department of Sociology

This project aims to examine the role of local governments and local officials in economic development and public goods provision in a specific administrative jurisdiction (a county, or a township). 

Apply via SOLO