Interdisciplinary Research Community Grant

Truman’s Office of Student Research sponsors $9500 Interdisciplinary Research Community (IRC) projects each summer. The purpose of this grant is to promote a sense of research community across departmental and disciplinary boundaries while enhancing student learning. Projects supported by this program should involve interdisciplinary collaborations and methods. Projects may be new or ongoing and should exhibit the potential for scholarly publication, presentation at a regional or national conference, public performance or a gallery exhibit.

The formal part of the 2019 IRC program will coincide with the eight-week Summer semester, June 3-July 26, 2019.  During this time, students should devote full-time effort to their project and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration.


Proposals should be written by two faculty mentors, each from different departments. Faculty mentors will collaborate on a research project that involves and trains two undergraduate students. Mentors may be involved in as many projects as they would like, however, mentors will only be compensated for up to a total of 2 TruScholars and/or IRC grants in any combination (i.e. 2 TruScholars, or 2 IRC, or 1 TruScholars and 1 IRC). Faculty-mentors must be able to attend all of the mandatory OSR Summer Program activities.

Funded projects should involve two undergraduate students, one from each of the mentor’s departments. Mentors should choose student participants. To be eligible, students must have completed their freshman year by the May preceding participation in the program and plan to graduate no sooner than the Fall semester following program participation. Eligible students must be in good academic standing and registered for 12 credit hours during the Fall semester following participation in the program. Students must be able to attend all of the mandatory OSR Summer Program activities.



Required Program Elements

OSR Summer Program students and faculty-mentors are required to complete the following:

Attendance at the orientation: April 9, 3:30-5:00 pm, SUB Alumni Room

Attendance at two of three workshops, date and location TBD

  1. Applying to Graduate School
  2. Research Dissemination
  3. Presentation Preparation

Completion of pre-, midpoint, and post- program surveys and student-mentor discussions over results

Student presentation at Summer Research Symposium: August 24, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Important Application Dates

  • March 1, 2019
    Application deadline
  • March 22, 2019
    Notified of the application success

Important Program Dates

  • June 3, 2019
    OSR Summer Program begins
  • July 26, 2019
    OSR Summer Program ends
  • August 24, 2019
    Present at Summer Research Symposium

Previous Funded Projects