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Research Assistance Services

The College of Education’s Research Assistance Services (RAS) provides faculty and graduate students with advice, assistance, and instruction in qualitative research, quantitative research, and academic writing.

The RAS is staffed by three advanced doctoral students: 1) a qualitative methodologist, 2) a quantitative methodologist, and 3) a writing specialist. The RAS provides a range of assistance to individual faculty and graduate students, including evaluating research purposes and questions, discussing data collection and analytic approaches, recommending applicable resources and readings, reviewing academic manuscripts to offer suggestions on content, and providing formatting/copyediting recommendations and guidance.

*Please note that R.A.S. GAs may NOT offer any form of assistance that violates the university’s or any other professional organization’s code(s) of ethics and/or honor code(s). These prohibited services include but are not limited to: offering any assistance related to UA students’ comprehensive exams, conducting data collection or analysis for R.A.S. visitors, and authoring portions of visitors’ manuscripts, including reference, methods, and findings/results sections. The R.A.S. is a support service, and as such the GAs are happy to provide aid that includes helping visitors understand course content material, how to conduct a form of data analysis, offering feedback on visitors’ findings/results, evaluating visitors’ academic writing for clarity and content, and demonstrating proper applications of formatting and copyediting.

The R.A.S. also maintains a library of qualitative and quantitative data analysis reference texts, which students may access when the R.A.S. is open. Additionally, the College of Education’s Julie C. Laible Qualitative Research Lab, located within the RAS, provides faculty and graduate students with access to qualitative data analysis equipment and software, including digital audio recorders, microphones, transcription equipment, and video recorders that may be checked out for use by faculty and staff when the R.A.S. is open.

Location

Hilliard Building, Room 109

Software

If you would like to explore what research-related software is available to you through UA’s Office of Information Technology, including NVivo and Qualtrics, please visit this website: https://oit.ua.edu/software/

Research Assistance

Qualitative Graduate Research Assistant: Sun Young Gu

 QualRAS@ua.edu | https://calendly.com/UAQualRAS

  • Hours for Fall 2023
    • Tuesday 8:30am-4:00pm
    • Wednesday 11:00am-4:00pm
    • Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
    • Unless indicated otherwise, appointments/meetings may be virtual or in-person at the Office of Research Assistance Services, located in Hilliard Building 109. Please indicate your preference when emailing and/or reserving a meeting time with the appropriate RAS Graduate Research Assistant.

Quantitative Graduate Research Assistant: Benjamin Lugu

QuantRAS@ua.edu | https://calendly.com/QuantRAS

  • Hours for Fall 2023
    • Monday 8:00am-4:00pm
    • Tuesday 8:00am-4:00pm
    • Wednesday 8:00am-12:00pm
    • Unless indicated otherwise, all appointments/meetings may be virtual or in-person at the Research Assistance Center, located in Hilliard Building 109. Please indicate your preference when emailing and/or reserving a meeting time with the appropriate RAS Graduate Research Assistant.

Writing Support Graduate Research Assistant: Kay Love

WritingRAS@gmail.com | https://calendly.com/WritingRAS

  • Hours for Fall 2023
    • Monday 4:00pm-8:00pm
    • Tuesday 2:30pm-8:00pm
    • Thursday 4:00pm-8:00pm
    • Friday 4:00-6:30pm (virtual hours)
    • Sunday 12:00pm-4:00pm
    • Unless indicated otherwise, all appointments/meetings may be virtual or in-person at the Research Assistance Center, located in Hilliard Building 109. Please indicate your preference when emailing and/or reserving a meeting time with the appropriate RAS Graduate Research Assistant.

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