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


About the Designation

Designation requests can be submitted at any time; however, all applications will be reviewed once per semester, shortly following that semester's application deadline. Please see the corresponding semesters of graduation and designation request dates in the table below to have the designation appear by graduation. You may also submit the application up to one year after graduation, after you have completed all of the requirements.

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 and graduation cords.

Semester Graduating

Application Deadline

Notification Given By

Fall 2021

November 12, 2021

November 30, 2021

Winter 2022

April 1, 2022

April 15, 2022

Spring/Summer 2022

July 8, 2022

July 22, 2022

Fall 2022

November 11, 2022

November 25, 2022

Winter 2023

April 7, 2023

April 21, 2023

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.


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, 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. 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.


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: 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: Does the West Michigan Regional Undergraduate Science Research Conference (WMRUGS), hosted by the Van Andel Institute, count as "Off Campus Dissemination?"
A: No. The conference submissions are not peer reviewed, and therefore cannot be used as "Off Campus Dissemination." It CAN be used for "On Campus Dissemination."

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