Differences between research assistants (RAs), volunteers, and independent study
As more people will join this group, I suggest everyone work harder to be a true research assistant (RA) for one of my projects. This is because, if a project is funded, we should run and should have "outcomes" to meet the targets. Otherwise, you are in type "independent study" or "volunteer."
RAs will get "with paid" and especially have more chances to have publications and present their research outcomes at a conference. Along with the regular meeting (Tuesday, 15:00-18:00), I will work with RAs individually each week to ensure my projects run well and RAs go in the right direction.
For those in "independent study" or "volunteer", I will support you in studying what is in my projects or related to them. I can give some comments or suggestions on what you have done. I only help you build a physical model (prototype) if it is feasible and realistic and has a "research" taste. The regular meeting (Tuesday, 15:00-18:00) is enough for those of these two types.
If a project of mine is funded, I will immediately select some of you as RAs based on your performance during the "independent study or volunteer" period.