Finding Your Program
Each program has its own focus, but all provide an opportunity to work directly with GVSU faculty.
Are you a first year, second year, or first year transfer student looking to dabble in research?
Are you looking for a research experience utilizing the Mary Idema Pew Library and Information Commons resources and faculty?
Are you looking for a full-time summer research opportunity?
Are you a low-income and first generation, or underrepresented minority student with plans to get a Ph.D.?
Why participate in an OURS Summer Scholars Program?
Through these grants and the mentorship of a faculty member, the OURS Summer Scholar Programs offer a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to do hands-on, professional research and creative practice in their chosen field. Combining academics, field work, and a reflection component provides students with a meaningful learning experience that helps to prepare them for graduate school and future careers.
With guidance from faculty mentors, students identify a research question or an area of creative practice and shape the structure of their project. The value of mentorship is an important part of the OURS Summer Scholar Programs. Experienced faculty mentors act as support and sounding board for their students. University-funded stipends and a budget to help cover materials and travel expenses, allows participants to fully immerse themselves in the new learning environment.
Through the OURS Summer Scholar Programs, students begin to direct their own educational paths and familiarize themselves with the requirements and structure of professional research. Participants quickly learn that a successful project requires more than scholarship. Thorough planning, attention to budget, and creativity, allow student researchers both to innovate while working in a self-structured environment, and to cope with unexpected complications. By building on a foundation of academic and critical thinking skills provided by undergraduate courses, self-motivated students can use the OURS Summer Scholar Programs to further their knowledge in a specific area while learning to incorporate academics with professional work.
The projects critical assessment component requires each participant to reflect on and evaluate his or her own project and the research experience as a whole. This comprehensive analysis of a self-directed project provides students with an opportunity to examine their own learning styles and academic strengths in order to shape further learning and working habits. The OURS Summer Scholar Programs provide students with a new lens through which to view their long-term educational, work, and life plans.