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Modified Student Summer Scholars 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 part-time or full-time work to devote about six to twelve weeks/200 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester.

We will be accepting 2017 MS3 Applications beginning November 1, 2016. Please apply online by January 27, 2017. Registration opens November 1, 2016 and closes at 11:59 PM, January 27, 2017. 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.

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Application Preparation

To review the application used for the 2017 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

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

  1. Full-time (30-40 hours per week/200 total hours) for either spring or summer semester (6 weeks)
  2. Part-time (15-20 hours per week/200 total hours) for both spring and summer semesters (12 weeks)

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.


The MS3 Award

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

  • $2,000 Student Stipend
  • $1,125 Faculty Stipend (any or all can be transferred to project supplies)
  • $500 Project Supplies

Total award: $3,625

Selection Process

The proposals are reviewed and awards determined by a sub-committee of the Undergraduate Research Council (URC).


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.