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 or creative project to a faculty member, or a faculty member may actively recruit a student for full-time work to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester.

We will be accepting 2019 S3 Applications beginning on November 1, 2018. Please apply online by January 25, 2019. The online application system opens November 1, 2018 and closes at 11:59 PM, January 25, 2019. There will be NO administrative support after 5:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: Your application is incomplete if you have not uploaded your application document. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDEREDNO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED. You should receive an email confirming your application submission. If you do not receive an email, then your submission has not been made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your submission.

Check out our FAQs for more information.

Application Preparation

To review the application used for the 2019 process, please refer to the Proposal Requirements. Please also review the Scoring Rubric URC will use to assess the proposals. The proposal has six sections:

1. Project Goals/Scope
2. Project Feasibility
3. Mentorship/ Apprenticeship Plan
4. Student Preparation and Motivation
5. Commitment to Project
6. Dissemination Plan


S3 provides the following support for scholars and mentors:

  • $4,000 Student Stipend
  • $2,225 Faculty Stipend (any or all can be transferred to project supplies)
  • $500 Project Supplies

Total award: $6,725

Selection Process

The proposals are reviewed and awards determined by the Undergraduate Research Council (URC).

Student Eligibility

The program is available to undergraduate students at GVSU who have not yet completed the requirements for graduation. It is expected that the student will be enrolled at GVSU as a full-time undergraduate for at least one full semester of study beyond the period of the award (i.e. the following Fall semester).

Faculty Eligibility*

All tenured, tenure-track, visiting, and affiliate GVSU faculty are eligible to sponsor 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 are expected to disclose any, pending or successful, applications for additional funding during the Spring/Summer Semester.

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