Program Deadlines and Report Submissions


Friday, May 17
     S3/MS3 IDP Submission due
     FERPA & Photo Releases due
     Scholars’ CITI Training due
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, May 24
     Library Scholars IDP Submission due

Friday, May 31
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, June 14
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, June 28
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due


Wednesday, July 10
     Abstract for Summer Scholars Showcase due

Friday, July 12
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, August 24
     Extension Request Deadline

Friday, August 31
     Student Reflection and Final Paper due
     RSVP for Summer Scholars Showcase due

Friday, September 28
     All Budget Requests due

As part of the OURS Summer Scholar Programs, each scholar must make a formal presentation at Student Scholars Day. Many scholars and their mentors will also continue on to make formal presentations, or present papers at regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to these presentations, scholars are obligated to write a final manuscript This report is inclusive of a program reflection, as well as a formal academic paper. 

GVSU Summer Scholars Showcase Abstract Submission

Scholars are expected to provide an abstract before Showcase, and make either an oral or poster presentation at Showcase. The SSD website has useful information on creating an abstract, poster presentation, printing a poster, or oral presentation for Showcase.

SHOWCASE ABSTRACTS: Please note, abstracts are limited to 200 words. This does not include your title, author, or mentor names; only the abstract itself.

Submit your Abstract

Abstracts DUE July 10, 2024

Printing a Poster for Showcase

OURS will cover the $25 cost of printing your poster for the GVSU Summer Scholars Showcase. Further printing costs for outside conference presentations will come from your dissemination funds. Be sure to include the OURS logo on your poster.

Please follow these steps:

  • Contact OURS for approval
  • OURS will give your name to the IT Help Desk to cover the cost
  • Bring your poster file to the Atrium Level (bottom floor) of the Mary Idema Pew Library
  • Ask the IT Help Desk employees for assistance with printing your poster on the plotter
  • The plotter is located on the Atrium Level (bottom floor) of the Mary Idema Pew Library and is available anytime the IT Help Desk is staffed (which should be all open hours of the Library)

Narrative Program Reflection

Each student should reflect on their summer research experience and how it relates to their liberal education, as well as their program of study. A self reflection of your learning, as well as a reflection of the mentoring from your faculty member should be included. This reflection should be a minimum of 1000 words.

Submit your Summer Scholars Program Narrative through the Online Form

Final Project Report

Submission Procedure

Extension Requests
If you are planning to request an extension on your Final Paper or Budget, you must submit your reason for the request(s) and your new proposed timeline by 5:00 p.m. on the Extension Request Deadline date (as found on the Program Schedule page). Submit your request through the online form.

The abstract is a brief summary of your paper in about 200 words. The purpose of your research needs to be communicated in one to two sentences. For empirical research, also include a statement about the methodology used or the experimental design followed. The abstract should conclude with several sentences summarizing the primary results and conclusions. For papers in the humanities, include a statement regarding the major thesis and a sentence for each of the primary ideas explained in the paper. Be sure to check with your mentor about what is common practice in your field.

Research Paper Length
Each final paper should be of publishable quality. Generally, papers are between 1500 and 4000 words, including references. Though professional standards apply, there is no limit on the number of figures and tables in a paper. Please note that humanities and social science papers tend to be much lengthier. Consult with your faculty mentor about the appropriate length for your discipline.

Research Format
Papers should conform to the manuscript and documentation format appropriate to the student's discipline (APA, IEEE, MLA, CBE, Chicago, etc.), including the labeling and constructing figures and tables.

References (Works Cited)
All sources referred to (or cited) in your paper must be listed at the end. The format used for this listing should reflect common practice in your field.

Plans for Dissemination
All plans for conferences, presentations, or publication must be included as part of the final report. Submission to Grand Valley State University's Institutional Repository, Scholar Works, is required. You may submit your entire Final Project Report, or your abstract.

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