Student Summer Scholars Program

The Student Summer Scholars (S3) program provides funds for a student and faculty mentor to devote about twelve weeks/400 hours to a research and/or creative project during the spring/summer semester. Generally, S3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies. Through these grants and the mentorship of a faculty member, the S3 program offers 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.



About the Award

The Student Summer Scholars (S3) 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, S3 grants provide a student stipend, faculty stipend, and a small budget for supplies.

AWARD
S3 provides the following support for scholars and mentors:

  • $4,000 Student Stipend
  • $3,000 Faculty Stipend (any or all can be transferred to project supplies)
  • $750 Project Supplies

Total award: $7,750

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.


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.

APPLICATION PREPARATION
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 2020 S3 Applications beginning on November 1, 2019. Please apply online by January 24, 2020. The online application system 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 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.

PROPOSAL OVERVIEW
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

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.

SELECTION PROCESS
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.