Modified Student Summer Scholars Program

The Modified Student Summer Scholars (MS3) program provides an opportunity for lower division or first year transfer students to participate in structured research. It provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about 200 hours over twelve weeks (part-time), or full-time over the six weeks of the Spring or Summer session, to a research and/or creative project. Generally, MS3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies.

About the Award

The Modified Student Summer Scholars (MS3) program, administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS), provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote time to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, MS3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies.

The MS3 provides the following support for scholars and mentors:

  • $2,000 Student Stipend
  • $1,500 Faculty Stipend (any or all can be transferred to project supplies)
  • $400 Project Supplies

Total award: $3,900

The program is available to lower division or first year transfer undergraduate students at GVSU. "Lower division" is defined as a first year or second year student. Successful students will have demonstrated a record of academic success in their coursework and an interest for academic research and scholarship. 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). Please contact OURS if you have questions about your eligibility.

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

How to Apply

Step One: Prepare your proposal using the Proposal Requirements.

Step Two: Submit your proposal online. You will be asked to complete an online form, then you will upload your proposal. The proposal 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.

The application is a collaborative effort between the potential student scholar and faculty mentor. A student may propose a research experience to a faculty member or a faculty member may actively recruit a student for part-time or full-time work to devote about six to twelve weeks/200 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester.

We will be accepting 2020 MS3 Applications beginning November 1, 2019. Please apply online by January 24, 2020. Application period opens November 1, 2019 and closes at 11:59 PM, January 24, 2020. There will be NO administrative support after 5:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: Your application is incomplete if you have not submitted your entire proposal document. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. NO DEADLINE EXTENSIONS WILL BE GRANTED.

The MS3 provides two options for the timeframe of the proposed research:

  1. Full-time (30-40 hours per week/200 total hours) for either spring or summer semester (6 weeks)
  2. Part-time (15-20 hours per week/200 total hours) for both spring and summer semesters (12 weeks)

As in the traditional S3 program, mentoring is a critical component of the project. Each proposal must have a very detailed timeline, and the level of work must be appropriate for lower division students, or first year transfer students. The proposal also needs to explain the project appropriateness given the abbreviated time frame. The stipend will be prorated for the faculty and the student.

The proposal has four sections:

  • Project Goals/Feasibility
  • Mentorship/Apprenticeship Plan
  • Student Preparation and Motivation
  • Commitment to Project

How do you prepare a successful proposal? We encourage you to:

  • Review the Scoring Rubric URC will use to assess the proposals.
  • Review the Frequently Asked Questions
  • Review examples of previous successful applications.
  • Contact us about getting feedback from previous URC members on your draft proposal.
    • Drafts must be submitted no later than three weeks from the submission deadline in order to receive feedback.

The proposals are reviewed and awards determined by the Undergraduate Research Council (URC). Notification letters will be available by March 13, 2020. Faculty and students will receive an email when the letters are ready.