Can I Do Research?
Of course you can! HSE is a research university, and its students are involved in research starting from their first year of studies. HSE offers lots of opportunities for research!
Student Research Paper Competition (NIRS)
You can present your first scholarly findings and achievements by participating in HSE’s Student Research Paper Competition. The winners’ papers are sent to the National Student Conference and published to be discussed at the conference.
Student Research Club
ΧΣΕ – ChiSigmaEpsilon – is the name of an association for students who love science and want to better understand the academic side of life. If you are interested in joining the Research Club and learning more about its activities, please contact Saule Bekova.
At the Research Club, an academic year starts with the Research Festival: during the first week of October, HSE scholars come together to represent their laboratories and present research findings in order to let you know about the vast array of research carried out at HSE. At the Festival, you’ll be able to choose a research field and even apply for an internship at a laboratory. Throughout the year, members of the Research Club attend various courses aimed at developing their research skills. They also have an opportunity to participate in events organized by the Academic Writing Centre.
Research and Teaching Laboratories and Project-based Learning Laboratories
HSE’s Research and Teaching Laboratories (RTLs) bring together young teachers, doctoral students and graduate students who are engaged in academic research in various fields. Hiring students at RTLs is already a long tradition at HSE, but starting from this year, the internship programme is expanding, and students can get credits for project activities as they work as interns at labs.
The aim of Project-based Learning Laboratories (PLLs) is to provide HSE students with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in real business, consulting, analytical and other projects.
More information on research labs and project work is available on the Academic Development page.
The HSE Academic Fund has been created to support the academic activities of students. For instance, the Fund organizes the Competition for Research and Teaching Groups, as well as helps in the implementation of various independent research projects.
How can I join a research laboratory?
In order for students to take part in the work of research laboratories, HSE has created a programme of student internships at HSE research divisions.
Internship vacancies are made available on the ‘Project Fair’ platform in September (for the autumn semester internships) and in January (for the spring semester internships). Students taking internships get credits for project activity. Student internships help HSE research divisions to attract students for both research and other types of academic activity (for example, assistance in organizing scientific events, preparing reports on research projects, etc.).
During internships, students can take part in workshops of HSE Academic Writing Centre as well as in other HSE events aimed at developing research skills along all staff members of HSE research departments. Thus, during internships students can acquire skills and competencies required in various areas of further professional activity. In addition, an internship can become the first stepping stone of an academic career for students interested in pursuing such.
How can I learn more about the process of preparing academic publications?
HSE Research Assistant programme is a useful tool for intensive involvement of students in the university research. This programme helps students supervised by HSE's leading staff to acquire professional skills and competencies necessary for implementing research activity and to learn about all the stages of preparing an academic publication.
Research assistants can be engaged in making critical analysis of relevant scientific literature, data collection and processing, in preparing and conducting experiments, field research, formalizing and formatting of articles and other publications, etc. Research assistant vacancies are posted by the faculty managers throughout the year, depending on the request from leading research fellows. The work of research assistants is paid.