Student Summer Opportunities at GVSU

McNair Scholars Program 

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. Participants in the McNair Scholars Program receive a stipend for summer research, academic counseling, advising, and GRE preparation. In addition, they're matched with a Ph.D. faculty mentor to conduct research and attend a research conference to present their findings. In the first semester of their senior year, the scholars receive assistance with the graduate school application process.


  1. Desire to receive a Ph.D. and plan on going to graduate school immediately after finishing at GVSU.
  2. U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  3. GPA of 2.8 or higher if you are a sophomore, OR 3.0 or higher if you are a junior.
  4. First-generation college student  and low income OR part of an ethnic and/or racial minority that is underrepresented in Ph.D. programs.

Michigan Space Grant Consortium

The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) offers two types of opportunities, the Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships and the Undergraduate-Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program. Each provide support in the form of 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.

Application Deadline: Date varies by year, but generally mid-November

Modified Student Summer Scholar (MS3)

This 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 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

Application Deadline: End of January

Robert B. Annis Foundation Undergraduate Student Internships for Summer 2018

The Annis Water Resources Institute, located in Muskegon, MI is offering several Robert B. Annis Foundation Undergraduate Student Internships for summer 2018. The full announcement and criteria for applying for these internships is available at

They are also taking applications for a fall semester scholarship for graduate or undergraduate students – the Bill & Diana Wipperfurth Student Research Scholarship.  This scholarship is available at   

Note: the AWRI internship criteria have changed so that students from any unit, not just sciences, can now apply as long as there is a water connection (e.g., policy, art, music, etc.).

Application deadline:  March 1, 2018 

Student Summer Scholars

The Student Summer Scholars Program (S3) provides funds for a GVSU student and GVSU faculty mentor to devote about fourteen 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.


  • Current GVSU undergraduate student
  • Must be enrolled at GVSU for at least one full semester beyond award period
  • Tenured, tenure-track, visiting, and affiliate GVSU faculty

Application Deadline: Date varies by year, but generally end of January

Page last modified February 8, 2018