Student Research Assistant

If you’re a student looking to gain hands-on clinical experience working with a diverse patient population, you’ve come to the right place! To apply for the program, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this page. If you’re a good fit for the role, a member of our team will be in contact with you shortly.


The Institute of Population and Precision Health at the University of Chicago is looking for interested students to help do fieldwork for two large research programs, COMPASS and All of Us. COMPASS is a local study of how factors, like lifestyle, genetics, and environment affect the health of Chicagoans, particularly underserved populations. The All of Us Research Program is a national study funded by the NIH, focused on collecting survey data, electronic health records, and biospecimen to ultimately develop a diverse dataset for the development of more personalized health care.

Clinical research assistants will work with our existing field and clinic staff to help collect patient demographic information, physical measurements (blood pressure, heart rate weight, height, hip and waist circumference) and biospecimens (blood, urine, etc.). This work will be done either in local Chicago communities (on our medical mobile units) or in the DCAM clinic at the University of Chicago Hospital.



  • Verification: Complete paperwork, pass a background check and drug screen, and verify your immunizations.
  • Training:
    • Online modules on HIPAA, CITI, fire safety, blood-borne pathogens, and the All of Us Research Program online training.
    • In-person workshop on COMPASS and the All of Us HealthPro software.
  • Workload: One shift per week, either on a mobile unit or in our clinic. Each shift should last approximately 5 hours. Transportation will be provided to and from events.



  • Hands-on clinical experience working with a diverse patient population.
  • Research experience in large population health studies.
  • Specialized medical training. Students will learn how to take vital signs and may receive training in phlebotomy.
  • Mentorship from experienced clinicians and researchers.
  • Awesome stories for future applications.
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