GVSU Undergraduate Research/Creative 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.

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.


Undergraduate students

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About the Designation

Designation requests can be submitted at any time. You may also submit the application up to one year after graduation, after you have completed all of the requirements. We ask for thirty days to process requests.

OURS will verify that the student has completed all of the requirements listed on the application. If confirmed, OURS will submit the student’s name and appropriate designation to the Registrar who will enter the notation on the transcript. GVSU Research/ Creative Scholars also receive a certificate of achievement. You may also receive graduation cords if you submit your request in enough time before your ceremony. For Fall ceremonies, we need applications by November 1. For Winter ceremonies, we need applications by March 15.


How to Apply

The application needs to be one complete PDF document that you will submit online. There is only one upload button, so please be sure your document is complete.

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Application Requirements

The application must consist of the following materials:

  1. Two semesters of mentored scholarship, or participation in a full-time OURS Summer Scholar Program.
    • 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), OR
    • Applicant must have completed an OURS Summer Scholar Program, and/or Michigan Space Grant. Students participating in a part-time OURS Summer Scholar Program must complete an additional semester of research to be eligible.
  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, 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. The West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science (WMRUGS) Research Conference, hosted by the Van Andel Institute, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) is acceptable for off campus dissemination.
  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. This can be combined with the signed letter from the supervising faculty member indicating when the student participated in faculty mentored research.
  5. An 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.

FAQs

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.

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: Does the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS), hosted by the Van Andel Institute, count as "Off Campus Dissemination?"
A: Yes. We will also accept the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR).



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