Skip to main content

Modified Student Summer Scholars

The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship is pleased to announce the return of a grant opportunity for the summer of 2016. The Modified Student Summer Scholars (MS3) program provides an opportunity for lower division or first year transfer students to participate in a structured research experience under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This experience would vary from the traditional S3 in the duration, as well as the depth/scope of the research project.

The proposed research project might be more exploratory in nature, focus on the development of a technique, or serve as a pilot project. 

The Modified S3 provides two options for the timeframe of the proposed research:

  1. Full time (40 hours per week) for either spring or summer semester (~6-8 weeks)
  2. Part time (20 hours per week) for both spring and summer semesters

As in the traditional S3 program, mentoring is a critical component of the project. Each proposal must have a very detailed timeline, and the level of work must be appropriate for lower division students, or first year transfer students. The proposals also need to explain the project appropriateness given the abbreviated time frame.

The stipend will be prorated for the faculty and the student. Supplies will remain at $500. The student will have $500 dissemination funds guaranteed for one year.

Student Eligibility
The program is available to lower division or first year transfer undergraduate students at GVSU. "Lower division" is defined as a first year or second year student. Successful students will have demonstrated a record of academic success in their coursework and an interest for academic research and scholarship. It is expected that the student will be enrolled at GVSU for at least one full semester of study beyond the period of the award. Please contact OURS if you have questions about your eligibility.

Faculty Eligibility
All tenured, tenure-track, visiting, and affiliate GVSU faculty are eligible to mentor S3 students. Faculty will commit an appropriate portion of their time to effectively and actively mentor a student; they will be expected to have a limited teaching load for Spring/Summer semester. Faculty must disclose any pending or successful applications for additional funding during the Spring/Summer semester.

Selection Process
The Modified S3 proposals will follow the page limit constraints of the traditional S3 and will be submitted via the online application system. The Director of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship in collaboration with the Chair of the Undergraduate Research Council will determine selection of projects for this third year of the project. The Undergraduate Research Council will determine a formal selection process with a criteria based rubric if the program becomes base funded.

The MS3 Award
The Modified S3 provides the following support for scholars and mentors:

  • $1,500 Student Stipend
  • $1,250 Faculty Stipend
  • $500 Project Supplies
  • $500 Student Dissemination funds

Total award: $3,750

Dissemination Process
As part of the Modified Student Summer Scholars Program, each scholar is required to make a formal presentation at Student Scholars Day. Many scholars and their mentors will also continue on to make formal presentation, or present papers at regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to these presentations, scholars are obligated to submit a final report. This report is inclusive of program reflections, as well as a formal academic paper.

Modified Student Summer Scholar Application Process

The application is a collaborative effort between the potential student scholar and faculty mentor. A student may propose a research experience to a faculty member or a faculty member may actively recruit a student for full or part-time work during the fourteen-week spring/summer session.

We will be accepting 2016 MS3 Applications beginning November 2, 2015. Please apply online by January 29, 2016. Registration opens November 2, 2015 and closes at 11:59 PM, January 29, 2016. There will be NO administrative support after 5:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: Your application is incomplete if you have not submitted your entire proposal document. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. NO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED.

To review the application used for the 2016 process, please refer to the Text Application. Please also review the Scoring Rubric URC will use to assess the proposals. The application has four sections:

  • Project Goals/Feasibility
  • Mentorship/Apprenticeship Plan
  • Student Preparation and Motivation
  • Commitment to Project