Office of Student Research—Programs and Funding

TruScholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Truman’s Office of Student Research sponsors TruScholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program projects each summer. Projects will be funded up to a maximum value of $5750, including a $3500 max student stipend and $1750 max mentor stipend. The purpose of this grant is to promote intensive, faculty-student collaborative research to enhance student learning and promote a culture of research, scholarship, and creative activities at Truman. Projects supported by this program 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 2023 TruScholars program will coincide with the eight-week Summer semester, June 5-July 28.  During this time, students should devote full-time effort to their project, and faculty mentors should be regularly available for consultation and collaboration.


Students from all disciplines are invited to apply. To be eligible for funding, you must be a currently enrolled, full-time Truman undergraduate student. You must be mentored by a Truman faculty member, be in good academic standing, and plan to graduate no earlier than the Fall semester following program participation. You must have completed your freshman year by May preceding participation in the program.

Students may not receive a TruScholars award during the same semester that they are funded through another program such as GIASR or McNair. Students are only eligible for one TruScholars award per call. Students who have already participated in the TruScholars program are eligible to participate again; however, selection preference will go towards students who have not completed the TruScholars program before. Submitted proposals should be for original projects and should not be a continuation or duplication of the student’s prior TruScholars project.

To apply for the TruScholars program, students should first identify a Truman faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s research mentor, then work with the research mentor to prepare the application materials.

Required Program Elements

Students are expected to attend at least three of the professional development events and present at the Summer Research Symposium. Faculty mentors are required to participate in at least one professional development event and attend the Summer Research Symposium.

The 2023 TruScholars event schedule*

*Event dates and times are tentative and are subject to change

Professional development events:

Applying to Graduate School Workshop: June 7, 1:30-3:00 pm

Faculty Scholarship Seminar: June 21, 1:30-3:00 pm

Research Dissemination and Presentation Workshop: June 28, 1:30-3:00 pm

Faculty Scholarship Seminar: July 12, 1:30-3:00 pm

Summer Research Symposium: July 28, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Important Application Dates

February 15, 2023: Application deadline

March 10, 2023: Students notified of the success of their application

Important Program Dates

June 5, 2023: TruScholars program begins

July 28, 2023: TruScholars program ends

July 28, 2023: Summer Research Symposium