The Research Work Study program provides an opportunity for entry-level DPT students to participate in mentored faculty research. Research work study opportunities are typically offered once or twice each academic year. Students who are accepted into the program spend up to 20 hours per week (5-10 hrs/wk on average) assisting with faculty research during the schoolyear. Specific work duties vary depending on the individual needs of the faculty mentor and student, but may include assisting with reviews of the literature, patient recruitment, data collection, data processing and analysis, and attending research meetings.
All students currently enrolled at UC Denver are eligible for the Research Work Study program. To qualify for work study employment, students must first be approved for financial aid. The term of employment is for one academic year, with the option to continue employment in subsequent years pending satisfactory academic and job performance. The payrate for work study students is $10/hour, and students are paid every two weeks based on the number of hours worked. Work hours are negotiated with the faculty mentor, and typically vary each week depending on the academic workload.
• Research work study opportunities are advertised during the first Fall semester of the DPT curriculum. Interested students will be asked to meet with individual faculty members to explore the available opportunities, and then submit a 1 page Letter of Intent and resume to the work study committee.
• The Letter of Intent should describe any previous research or related experience, your personal objectives for applying for work study, and how you believe the experience will advance your career goals. No prior research experience is necessary to apply for the Research Work Study program. Your Letter of Intent should also identify 2-3 faculty mentors with whom you would prefer to work, or state that you have no preference.
• Faculty will review all applications and attempt to match their work study needs with the qualifications and preferences of individuals students. Students will be notified of work study offers within 2 weeks of the application due date. Once an offer of employment is made, students should contact Kyla Caffarel to complete all hiring documents as soon as possible.
• Depending on faculty needs, additional Research Work Study opportunities may become available at various times throughout the year. In this case, individual faculty members will advertise the opportunity to all DPT classes and will individually solicit and review work study applications.
• Students who are interested in working with a specific faculty mentor may contact that faculty member at any time to inquire about potential work study opportunities. Please include a Letter of Intent and resume with all inquiries about the work study program.
The goals of the Research Work Study Program are to:
1) Expose students to the process of clinical research by providing paid, mentored research opportunities with PT program faculty.
2) Provide a flexible research experience to foster interest in more independent research training opportunities available through the Clinical Research Affiliation and PhD program.