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The purpose of this study was to understand science perceptions of the research assistants as early career academics. For this aim the questionnaire composing three main parts was conducted to 347 research assistants from a state university in Turkey. The findings of the study revealed that the research assistants generally have strong interest to their academic fields. Another important finding was that research assistants have a pragmatic approach toward the idea of science. Results also pointed out that majority of the research assistants consider themselves as an intellectual on science. The results of this study are expected to enhance scientific culture at universities by revealing the current science perception among research assistants.