We need your help.
Become a student researcher and contribute to original research on the global dimensions of disinformation and misinformation. We welcome UT-Austin undergraduate and graduate students.
GDIL Student Researchers (GSRs) join one of our project teams working on real research projects. We ask you to commit an average of ten hours per week for both the fall and spring semesters for your project work. You will be trained in practical research skills, be listed as a student researcher on our website, and become eligible for paid positions in future semesters. As a GSR, you will also gain access to our research skills workshops and to our slack workspace, where we regularly share internship and employment opportunities!
We need your help.
We need your curiosity.
We need your enthusiasm.
Join GDIL today by applying to one of our project teams featured below. We will always do our best to accommodate your project preferences.
We encourage students to apply during the summer months so that we may attempt to accommodate your project preferences. Applications received after the start of the fall semester will definitely be reviewed but teams may fill up, so apply early for your first choice!
What We Do
Gain Experience. Grow Skills. Find a Community.
Real Research Experience
You will be placed on one of our research project teams working for a faculty or external client.
GSRs become eligible for one of our paid Task Team Leader positions after their first semester. We also share exclusive internship and job opportunities in our slack workspace.
Topics like: Python Basics and Computational Notebooks, Advanced Search Strategies, Tableau for Exploratory Data Analysis, Social Network Analysis and more!
Join one of our active projects.
We are delighted that so many students are interested in joining GDIL! Unfortunately, all of the current projects have reached capacity.
Please feel free to complete the application if you would like us to contact you over the summer for fall positions.
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Who can participate?
Chances are, if you are reading this you can participate. We are open to University of Texas at Austin undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline. There are no prerequisites besides an interest in disinformation and misinformation and a willingness to abide by our code of conduct.
When can I apply?
We accept applications throughout the year. However, projects run September-May and may fill up, so we encourage you to apply in the summer months as we begin putting the teams together.
Students may apply later in the fall and spring but we cannot guarantee a spot on a team.
Are there any prerequisites or experience requirements?
No. Though we are interested in the skills you have (especially language skills!) there are no requirements beyond the standard ~10 hour commitment and your ability to attend our monthly All-Hands meetings.
What are TTLs and GSRs? How are projects structured?
Each project has a faculty lead or faculty advisor as well as a Task Team Leader (TTL) and GDIL Student Researchers (GSRs). The TTLs job is to fully understand the project and serve as the primary contact with the faculty lead/advisor (although everyone will most definitely have contact and communication with him/her). The TTL will usually lead team meetings, communicate in Slack with GSRs, and answer questions or guide the researchers. Each project works a bit differently depending on the faculty involved.
How will I be spending my time?
That’s a great question! We ask that you commit to an average of 10 hours per week but please understand that some weeks will have far less work than others, so it definitely changes throughout the semester.
Once you join a team, your TTL will work with everyone to find a time to schedule a regular team meeting. Some are once a week, others will be less frequent. And we all use Slack to communicate in between.
You will then spend your time meeting with your team and then working independently (or with other team members) on research, coding, or whatever other activity your project involves.
You will also be required to attend the All-Hands meeting once per month. The meeting dates and times can be found in the semester schedule.
What are the All-Hands Meetings?
GDIL is a community. You will work closely with your project team members, but it is also important that gather as a whole so we can meet other GSRs, learn about other projects, and support one another in this amazing work.
The monthly All-Hands meetings gives us that chance as all of the project teams come together. Each meeting will be a bit different – some will have guest speakers from UT and elsewhere, others will be team presentations so that we can all learn what the other GDIL projects are working on.
Does GDIL have an office?
We do! Sort of.
GDIL is located in Belmont Hall. We have an office location for TTLs and staff as well as a small conference room available at any time for GSRs. You can meet there for team meetings, to work individually or in groups on your projects, or even if you just need a quiet space to do some homework.
Once you become a GSR, we will provide you with a code for entry into the Lab.
Have a question we haven't addressed?
Our contact info is at the bottom of the page. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask. We are friendly, we promise.
Can I attend a meeting to learn more?
We host info sessions each summer and early fall. However, if you’d like to learn more about us during the rest of the year, please feel free to send us an e-mail and we’ll be happy to meet with you to answer any questions and discuss available research positions or possibilities to become involved.