Office for Undergraduate Research and Artistry

OURA is looking for ways to help faculty and graduate student recruit for available positions (paid and unpaid), and to help undergraduate students locate available opportunities.  As we explore options there are two main ways that OURA recommends that supervisors post opportunities: Posting to Handshake and submitting to OURA’s new site.

Submitting opportunities to the OURA news site/social media

Faculty, graduate students and staff are encouraged to submit a position for posting. We envision this to be for external or college-wide opportunities.  Faculty seeking individual students for one-on-one opportunities should post the opportunity to Handshake. Keep in mind that social media posts are very short and we may need to edit down the description quite a bit.  You do not need to be the supervisor for the project/opportunity that you are submitting (e.g., when posting external opportunities).  Please submit an opportunity form and complete as many sections as you can before hitting submit.

Posting opportunities to Handshake

Your patience is appreciated as we work to build out this page.  More links will be added soon.

Steps to advertise your opportunities on Handshake.

In the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry, we ask that mentors advertise positions for students on Handshake. Handshake is a platform already used by CSU career services and students, and many CSU offices are requiring on-campus paid positions to be posted on the platform to reach a wider audience of students in an equitable way. While we HIGHLY recommend that you pay students for their time while conducting mentored research, unpaid positions can be posted as well. In the Office of Research and Artistry, we will be directing students to Handshake to search for positions labeled with research and artistry tags. Here are the steps to making that process simpler for you:

  • Make an employer account on Handshake. Check out Posting to Handshake
  • If the position is paid, you link your employer account to your department (or the office that will be handling student HR processes). Work with your department specialist for the correct account to be charged. 
  • Use the Posting Checklist to help draft your posting
  • Use one of our research and artistry examples to create the advertisement.

Research Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 (for opportunities that you would labeled “research”).

Artistry Example (for more independent student artistry projects)

Research and Artistry Template (coming soon)

Community-based Research / Service-Learning Template (coming soon)

  1. The use of the examples (especially any mandatory language) will ensure that your advertisement is approved quickly and that labels are added for students to easily find the opportunity.
  2. We recommend that you do not require application materials that you do not actually need. You might ask for a cover letter that describes their interest, and then meet with the students to discuss other criteria. If your position requires certain skills (ex. programming, functional knowledge of a foreign language, a prerequisite course, etc.) include that in your description and ask that their cover letter include how they meet the criteria.

Be sure to check your application 1-2 times weekly, and meet with students in a timely manner.

  1. See a video on how to review an applicant’s materials on Handshake.
  2. See our hints on meeting with a student.

After you select a student…

  1. Go back into Handshake and indicate the student you “hired” (even if the position is unpaid). This information means the student will be linked to related engagement opportunities or workshops, as well as showcase opportunities (such as CURC). See the Handshake video on how to do this. 
  2. If the position is paid, work with your department HR representative to be sure that the student is properly hir