GVSU Funding and Research Opportunities

Academic Conference Fund (ACF)
Academic and Professional Enrichment Fund (APEF)

McNair Scholars

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Fellowship Program

OURS Grant

Student Scholars Day (SSD)
Student Summer Scholars (S3)

Academic Conference Fund
The Academic Conference Fund (ACF) provides travel funds for GVSU students to present/perform at an academic conference.  The application and full details can be found on the ACF page.

Do you have questions about ACF? Check out our FAQs

Are you back from the conference and are thinking, what now? Check out the Grant Reimbursement Process on the ACF page.

Academic and Professional Enrichment Fund
The Academic and Professional Enrichment Fund (APEF) provides travel funds for GVSU students to accompany an eligible faculty member to an academic conference.  The application and full details can be found on the APEF page.

What should students know?

  • The faculty member applies for the grant
  • Students work with the faculty member's department regarding travel arrangements
  • Students submit an APEF Report and Reflection with Activities Summary and Reflection Essay within 10 business days from the last day of the conference to ours@gvsu.edu and CC the faculty member

What should faculty know?

  • Faculty member's department incurs the initial travel costs
  • Students submit an APEF Report and Reflection with Activities Summary and Reflection Essay within 10 business days from the last day of the conference to ours@gvsu.edu and CC the faculty member
  • Faculty member's department is reimbursed for student travel costs when the Report and Reflections are approved

McNair Scholars
The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare highly talented undergraduates to pursue doctoral degrees and to increase the number of individuals (from target groups) on college and university faculties. 

The McNair Scholars are highly talented undergraduate students whose parents do not have a 4-year college degree and are low-income, or groups underrepresented at the graduate level for doctoral studies. The program accepts students from all disciplines.

The McNair Scholars receive academic counseling, advising, and GRE preparation. In addition, they're matched with a Ph.D. faculty mentor to conduct research and attend a McNair research conference to present their findings. In the first semester of their senior year, the scholars receive assistance with the graduate school application process.  For more information, visit the McNair Scholars website.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate and Graduate Fellowship Program
The Consortium offers a total of $100,000 of support in the form of graduate and undergraduate research and public service fellowships to students in aerospace, space science, Earth system science and other related science, engineering or mathematics fields. Students working on educational research topics in mathematics, science, or technology are also eligible to apply. Preference is given to projects directly related to aerospace, space science, Earth system science, and directly related educational efforts. Note: the mission of the MSGC includes creating, developing, and promoting programs that reflect NASA strategic interests.

This opportunity is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens and currently enrolled at MSGC Affiliate Institutions. Applicants must have a good academic record and be in good academic standing to qualify for an award.

Students are required to identify a mentor in the faculty research, education, or public service communities with whom they intend to work and who is available to write a letter of recommendation. Affiliate representatives of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium are available to assist students with guidance on preparing their applications (note left panel).

Fellowships awards for undergraduate and graduate students are $2,500 and $5,000, respectively. Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  For more information, visit the MSGC website.

OURS Grant
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship has established a fund to support undergraduate student research, performance, and scholarship. The OURS grant program is designed to encourage collaborative scholarly research and creative work between undergraduate students and faculty.

Student Scholars Day
Student Scholars Day (SSD) is held once each year to celebrate the scholarship and creative work performed by GVSU students.  The day showcases faculty-mentored student work, shared through many venues, including (but not limited to) oral presentations, discussion and panel sessions, fine arts exhibits and performances, and poster presentations.

Student Scholars Day projects may be initiated as part of a course or as independent collaborations with faculty.  GVSU encourages all students to consider enhancing their personal and professional development by engaging in scholarly and creative work with faculty, and to share their work with the GVSU community.  For more information, visit the SSD website.

Student Summer Scholars
The Student Summer Scholars Program (S3) provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote twelve weeks to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester.  Generally, S3 Grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies.  Grants do not exceed $6,000.  The application and full details can be found on the S3 website.

Through these grants and the mentorship of a faculty member, the S3 program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to do hands-on, professional research and creative practice in their chosen field.  Combining academics, field work, and a reflection component provides students with a meaningful learning experience that helps to prepare them for graduate school and future careers.  

For each S3 participant, the project begins with an innovative and thoroughly researched proposal.  With guidance from faculty mentors, students identify a research question or an area of creative practice and shape the structure of their project.  The value of mentorship is an important part of S3.  Experienced faculty mentors act as support and sounding board for their students.  University-funded stipends cover materials and travel expenses, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the new learning environment.

Page last modified October 3, 2011