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GVSU Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation on the GVSU Transcript


Exemplary GVSU Undergraduate students who have pursued research or creative projects are eligible to receive a designation of “Undergraduate Research Scholar” or “Undergraduate Creative Scholar” on their official transcript, beginning Winter Semester 2014. 

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The goal of the GVSU Undergraduate Research Scholar designation is to foster and deepen undergraduate research at GVSU, while recognizing student excellence in undergraduate research and inquiry. The program recognizes that exemplary student scholarship encompasses a depth of knowledge in the discipline, strong skills of inquiry, an understanding of research ethics, and strong skills in writing and presentation.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicant must have completed a minimum of two semesters of research, scholarship, or creative activity supervised by a tenured, or tenure track faculty mentor. Applicant needs to have a signed letter from the supervising faculty member indicating when the student participated, and the responsibilities/activities of the student during this time. (Please note that Spring/Summer is considered one semester).
  2. Applicant must have disseminated research or scholarship through a recognized, on campus venue such as Student Scholars Day, Scholar Summer Showcase, or departmental presentations. Both citation and abstract are required.
  3. Applicant must have disseminated peer-reviewed research or scholarship through a state, regional, or national conference, and/or juried artistic venue, such as an art exhibition, concert or festival; or, publish (or have accepted for publication) applicants research or creative project in a refereed [peer-reviewed] research or professional journal. Both citation and abstract are required.
  4. Applicant must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor that explains why the applicants research and scholarship is beyond that of a typical student.
  5. An up-to-date CV or résumé.
  6. Applicant must include a research/scholarship statement describing applicants scholarship path and contributions. This statement should be no less than 1,000 words.

Q: Can the same faculty member write the letter of endorsement, as well as the letter verifying semesters of research?

A: Yes. We also often find that students have two faculty members verifying the semesters of research. One faculty member per semester.

Q: Can the letter indicating the supervised research be the same letter as the endorsement letter?

A: Yes, but it is imperative that both the length and nature of the research is described in addition to the endorsement components of the letter.