The REACH Scholars Program
The REACH Scholars Program prepares inquisitive, highly talented undergraduates to pursue graduate studies and earn PhDs in any discipline. Designed as a companion to the McNair Scholars Program, REACH provides layers of support through intensive advising, rigorous research, and scholarly engagement in order to prepare students for both the graduate school application process and academic success. The REACH Scholars Program accepts applications from students who identify social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in graduate education, and are not eligible for the McNair Scholars Program. This includes students with DACA status or who are undocumented.
ABOUT THE AWARD
The REACH Scholars program is a 12-week intensive summer experience. Scholars will participate in a mentored undergraduate research experience, receive graduate application and GRE preparation, and attend seminars designed to foster confidence and success in their graduate school pursuits.
Scholars will work with a GVSU faculty member to begin designing their summer research project upon acceptance to the program. Additionally, each scholar will be expected to attend bi-monthly meetings with the REACH Scholars Program Director, and bi-monthly meetings of the REACH Scholars cohort.
The program includes a 12-week research experience mentored by a GVSU faculty member. Each scholar is expected to commit approximately 30 hours/week to their research project. Additionally, one day a week will be held and utilized for career and academic advising, support for graduate school applications, GRE preparation, and professional development seminars focused on graduate students’ success.
Scholars will continue to work with the REACH Scholars support team, even after the summer experience has concluded. The Scholar will work with a mentoring team to create and implement a scholarly action plan that will continue the student’s trajectory for a competitive graduate school application, and success in future endeavors. A student’s scholarly action plan may include items, such as: dissemination of their research through presentations or publications, applying for graduate school and competitive fellowships, seeking additional opportunities to bolster one’s undergraduate experience, and more.
As a REACH Scholar, students will actively participate in a 12-week research experience mentored by a GVSU faculty member. The award will total $7,750, and is broken down in the following ways:
- $4,000 Student Stipend
- $3,000 Faculty Stipend (any or all can be devoted to project supplies)
- $750 for Research Project Supplies
Each scholar is expected to commit to approximately 30 hours/week to their research project. Of the five days per week, one day will be dedicated to career and academic advising, support for graduate school applications, GRE preparation, and seminars focused on graduate students’ success.
In order to be eligible for the REACH Scholars program, students must be from a minoritized population within their discipline, and be committed to pursuing a PhD in any discipline. Students who qualify for McNair are NOT eligible for the REACH Scholars Program.