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Research Scholars Overview


The purpose of the program is to provide student scholars the opportunity to join a premier undergraduate research community and experience an education where discovery is central to their learning environment. The University Scholars Program is a four-year program that moves students from having limited experience and exposure in a field to the point where they engage, discover, and create on their own under the advisement of a faculty mentor. University Scholars will acquire a deep understanding of research or creative processes, master the knowledge and skills in their selected field of study, and with the guidance of a faculty mentor, have the opportunity to produce original work. As part of this program, the Scholars will be awarded a scholarship and a research assistantship, working closely with an assigned faculty member. University Scholars will be required to disseminate their work, and where appropriate, submit their work for publication.



Annual Research Assistantship Scholarships*

Year 1: $1000 scholarship ($500 per semester)
Year 2: $1000 scholarship ($500 per semester)
Year 3: $1000 scholarship ($500 per semester)
Year 4: $1000 scholarship ($500 per semester)

*The scholarships will be in addition to any scholarships earned or research grants awarded.

Minium Scholarship Requirements

  1. Maintain a full-time course load (at least 12 credit hours)
  2. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Earn a C or higher in WSU 1560 (required course during first-semester of the first-year) entitled Research, Creativity, and Exploration Among the Disciplines.**
  4. Enroll in a one-credit hour research assistantship course during the spring semester. Dr. Therese Grijalva will provide course details and enrollment information. The course will be held bi-monthly, every other Thursday at 4:30 pm.
  5. A letter of reappointment from a faculty mentor: the faculty mentor will comment on the Scholar's commitment, responsibility, and motivation.

**WSU 1560 is a 3-credit hour class that will earn the student credit for two general education requirements: Humanities (HU) and Social Sciences (SS)

Application Process