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How, if at all, should I mention my research position in my college applications?
I have a research position doing literature review for a study under my mother. I initially just took the job because I needed the money, with no intention of bringing it up on my college applications. However, I'm beginning to realize the majors/careers that I'm interested in are somewhat related to the scope of this study. My mom and her colleagues are fairly well-known in their fields (niche as they are) and this research will be published in a well-regarded journal (I obviously won't be listed as an author, since I'm only reviewing studies and not conducting the actual research). Can I list this as a paid job, even though I'm not on the official books for the university and I'm being paid only through my mom, perhaps somewhat informally? (Normally this position would be held by a college student who would be paid on the books through the university.) Should I mention it at all, since it's blatant nepotism?6 replies