Over 75 research assistant positions from a variety of disciplines are available each year for Wooster students to apply. Opportunities are available at off campus sites as well.

Sophomore Research Program

The Sophomore Research Program provides opportunities for students to work as paid research assistants to Wooster faculty members. Through this program students become true partners with faculty in the research process and acquire an understanding of the process involved in conducting research.


Students are eligible to participate in the program from the second semester of their first year through the first semester of their junior year. Sophomore Research Assistants generally work three-seven hours per week for the semester and 20-40 hours per week during the summer.

Additional benefits for participants in this program include:

  • providing excellent preparation for future academic endeavors, such as Independent Study.
  • effective orientation with using the library.
  • learning to operate new equipment and computer programs.
  • enhancing critical thinking and writing skills.
  • building positive and mentoring relationships with faculty members.
Applied Methods and Research Experience Program (AMRE)

The Applied Methods and Research Experience (AMRE) gives College of Wooster students the opportunity to apply classroom learning in the role of business and organizational consultants.

For eight weeks of the summer, student teams and faculty advisors are paired with a (usually local) business, industry, or agency (client). Student participants are exposed to practical applications of their liberal arts education in a “real world” setting. This experience aids students in determining professional interests and developing professional skills. The faculty advisors have the opportunity to be involved with a very select group of students in a summer activity, while potentially contributing to research in applied fields. Clients have the opportunity to tangibly support education and, at a low cost, obtain solutions to problems that would most likely not be addressed internally.

The Experience includes:

  • 8 weeks research experience
  • Paid stipend of approximately $4,400
  • Open to all majors
  • Students work with a team of students and a faculty member to consult businesses. Past clients have included Rubbermaid Inc., J.M. Smucker, and Goodyear Tire & Rubber

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AMRE Projects

Students pose for Community water project at The College of Wooster

AMRE | Community Water

Chamari Abercrombie ’24 | Neuroscience & Spanish Layali Banna ’22 | Geology Mazvita Chikomo ’22 | Environmental Geoscience Grace Hodges ’23 | Biology & […]

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AMRE | Wayne County Dog Shelter and Adoption Center

Sarah Brunot ’22 | Environmental Studies Kate Yordy ’22 | Russian Studies & Economics Special thanks to the following sponsors: Laura B. Frick Charitable […]

students from the College of Wooster pose for a photo in business attire

AMRE | Holmes County Economic Impact

Caitlyn Denes ’23 | Environmental Geoscience Hephzibah Emereole ’22 | Computer Science Mahi Lal ’22 | Economics Faculty Advisors: Huiting Tian and Melanie Long Special […]

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AMRE | Fututorwo

Vera Bordah ’22 | Mechanical Engineering Henry Pellegrin ’23 | Global & International Studies and Religious Studies Mekdes Shiferaw ’23 | Global & International […]

students and advisors from The College of Wooster participate in a virtual meeting

AMRE | Political Science

Lark Pinney ’23 | Political Science (Comparative Politics) Jordan Spatt ’22 | Political Science Advisors: Angie Bos and Bas van Doorn Special thanks to […]

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AMRE | Workplace D&I

Noah Leonard ’23 | Political Science (International Relations) and Spanish Eraj Sikandar ’22 | Business Economics Maley Tinstman ’23 | Political Science (International Relations) […]

AMRE | Line 45

Chinwe Ibegbu ’22 | Computer Science Yong Seok Lee ’22 | Computer Science Kyle Rossi ’22 | Computer Science Faculty Advisors: Nathan Sommer and […]

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AMRE | Experiential Learning & Community Engagement at The College of Wooster

Spencer Gaitsch ’22 | History and Political Science Audrey Holder ’22 | Anthropology Advisors: Cathy McConnell and Sarah Sobeck Special thanks to the following sponsors: Laura […]

Wooster Digital History Project (WDHP)

The goals of the Wooster Digital History Project are: to create engaging digital resources in local history for Wooster and Wayne County; to give students the opportunity to learn and apply techniques of public history and digital humanities; and to connect the College and the community through local history.

The Experience includes:

  • 7-8 weeks research experience in public history and digital humanities
  •  Part-time and full time positions, paid stipend
  •  Open to all majors

For more information contact Greg Shaya or Katie Holt

Physics Department NSF-REU

All of Wooster’s physics faculty are actively engaged in research involving undergraduates. During the academic year, our focus is on the College’s nationally-recognized Independent Study program. Every summer since 1994, we have also run a 8 to 10 week summer research program, currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The Experience includes:

  • 9 weeks research experience
  • Paid stipend of approximately $6,500

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