Program Deadlines and Report Submissions


Friday, May 20
     S3/MS3 IDP Submission due
     FERPA & Photo Releases due
     Scholars’ CITI Training due
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, May 27
     Library Scholars IDP Submission due

Friday, June 3
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, June 17
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, July 1
      S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, July 15
     S3/MS3 Biweekly Journal due

Friday, August 5
     Abstract for Summer Scholars Showcase due

Friday, August 26
     Extension Request Deadline

Friday, September 2
     Student Reflection and Final Paper due
     RSVP for Summer Scholars Showcase due

Friday, September 30
     All Budget Requests due

As part of the OURS Summer Scholar Programs, each scholar is required to 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 report. This report is inclusive of program reflections, as well as a formal academic paper. Please note the guidelines below. 

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 250 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. There is no limit on the number of figures and tables in a paper, though professional standards apply. 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 construction of 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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