Undergraduate Research Assistants are at the heart of CESTA's community, working closely with Stanford faculty, staff, and researchers to manage and analyze humanistic and interdisciplinary data. Students are vital collaborators who help develop and formalize research questions, tools, methods, and final products.
Research Assistants engage in all phases of the research process, including data planning, acquisition, archival research, modeling, analysis, visualization, and publication. Though faculty provide the initial research questions and data resources, students are active participants in research design – challenging assumptions, suggesting alternative approaches, and posing new hypotheses.
Students go on to use the skills they’ve learned in CESTA in their personal, academic, and career pursuits.