Graduate Research Assistant Cover Letter
Graduate Research Assistants are graduate students who work under the tutelage of a professor and provide research project support to expand their experience and skill set. Analyzing and processing data, coordinating projects, documenting results, and performing quality assurance are all standard responsibilities handled in this position. Additionally, they are often tasked with mentoring and supervising undergraduate students participating in research projects and assignments.
Our compilation of cover letters for this role mention the following skills and qualifications:
- Project coordination and management
- Data analysis and verification
- Database updates
- Quality control
- Interdisciplinary research/collaboration
- Laboratory operations/maintenance
- Writing and presentation
Please find below a sample cover letter for a Graduate Research Assistant highlighting comparable abilities and experience.
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Dear Mr. Mills:
With this letter and the enclosed CV, I would like to express my sincere interest in becoming your next Graduate Research Assistant. As a detail-oriented and analytical doctoral student with an MA in Health Sciences and in current pursuit of my PhD in Public Health Science from the University of Texas, I have gained solid research experience in public health, providing me with a range of knowledge and experience to enable me to contribute toward your team’s success.
Through my experience, I have become well versed in conducting research and analyzing data in a detailed and scientific manner. I have gained the ability to integrate superior organization and communication skills across all levels of research, allowing me to excel in both independent and team-oriented environments. Furthermore, my complementary abilities in data verification, quality control, and documentation are certain to render me an immediate asset to your team.
The following achievements demonstrate my qualification for this position:
- Excelled as a Research Assistant for the Texas Addiction Prevention Foundation, conducting research into health policies regarding addiction and proposing a plan to introduce and monitor an addiction intervention program at a juvenile detention center in Houston.
- Demonstrate a keen interest in public health topics including adolescent mental health and addiction, global health policies, and the role of markets in drug/treatment/service provision.
- Currently working on PhD Thesis project, under the supervision of Dr. David Anklely at the University of Texas: Addiction Affliction Among Adolescents, analyzing intervention and policies currently in practice and assessing the role of markets in drug/treatment provision.
- Co-authored two peer-reviewed publications and presented research results at multiple state and national public health conferences.
- Key experience in organizing, analyzing, and managing large datasets to drive research project success.
- Displaying the capacity to write clearly and concisely, as well as the ability to easily understand and carry out directions from superiors and peers.
My passion for public health policies and data will translate into both dedication and diligence for the research work performed for your team. Thank you for your consideration; I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Elizabeth D. Starling