If you have been awarded a work-study grant and are looking for an opportunity to get practical experience in an environment that has more to offer than the traditional classroom setting, the Science Labs are for you.
Opportunities for cross-training exist in the areas of Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Geo Sciences. Not only will this job give you a chance to make new friends, but it will also give you the opportunity to learn things that you would not encounter in the classroom setting. You may even find an aspect of science that is so interesting to you that you may want to pursue a minor, take part in an independent research project, or become involved in a faculty member's research laboratory.
Who works in our Science Labs?
We typically have students with a diverse educational background. Yes, some students are majoring in the sciences, but you do not have to be a science major to work for us. We are looking for students who want an opportunity to learn more than they could in a traditional classroom setting.
What kinds of jobs will I be doing?
Students work on any number of small tasks that usually involve preparation, setup, and clean up of materials for labs. Students also maintain the appearance of the labs and stockroom areas. A clean and orderly environment gives others confidence that students learn and work in a safe lab environment.
How many hours will I work?
Students typically sign on for a 10-12 hour workweek and are expected to show up on time when scheduled. Study time is available when tasks are complete, but this fluctuates depending on what is needed for a particular day or week.
How do I apply for Federal Work-study?
Students apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. In this form, the student must select that they would like to receive Work study. The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. You use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as grants, loans, and work-study. For more information, visit Penn State Altoona's Financial Aid Office.
How do I apply?
Work-study Opportunities at Environmental Research Lab (ERL):
Student Lab Assistants: Students will assist with laboratory preparations (setup) and maintenance, computer data entry and assist with office and laboratory work. Some positions may involve fieldwork at on- or off-campus locations. Educational level and skills or experience may be required of applicants.