GVSU Undergraduate Research/Creative Scholar Request for Transcript Designation Application

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.

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The application must be one PDF, include the following sections, and adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Two semesters of mentored scholarship: 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. On Campus Dissemination: Applicant must have disseminated research or scholarship through a recognized, on campus venue such as Student Scholars Day, GVSU Summer Scholar Showcase, WMRUGS Research Conference hosted by the Van Andel Institute, or departmental presentations. Both citation and abstract are required.
  3. Off Campus Dissemination: 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) applicant’s research or creative project in a refereed [peer-reviewed] research or professional journal. Both citation and abstract are required. PLEASE NOTE: the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science (WMRUGS) Research Conference, hosted by the Van Andel Institute, does not count here as it is not peer-reviewed.
  4. Letter of Endorsement: Applicant must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor that explains why the applicant’s research and scholarship is beyond that of a typical student.
  5. Up-to-date CV or résumé
  6. Scholarship/Research Statement: Applicant must include a research/scholarship statement describing applicant’s scholarship path and contributions. This statement should be no less than 1,000 words.


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