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 2022 TruScholars program will coincide with the eight-week Summer semester, June 6-July 29.  During this time, students should devote full-time effort to their project, and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration.

TruScholars Proposal Writing WorkshopTruScholars Proposal Writing Workshop

February 3, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

The Office of Student Research is holding a virtual TruScholars proposal writing workshop for students. This workshop will be held using Zoom, and students attending should have access to a computer with a microphone, webcam, and a reliable internet connection. This workshop should be helpful for proposals at any stage of the writing process, so it is not necessary to have a proposal draft already started to attend. However, students attending the workshop should have a research project idea in mind.

Register here by February 2 to attend the workshop


Students from all disciplines are invited to apply and must be mentored by a Truman faculty member. To be eligible for funding, you must be a currently enrolled, full-time Truman undergraduate student in good academic standing. You must have completed your freshman year by the May preceding participation in the program, be registered for at least 12 credit hours during the Fall semester following participation in the program, and plan to graduate no sooner than the Fall semester following program participation. Students may not receive a TruScholars award during the same semester that they are funded through another program such as GIASR or McNair Internship. Students and faculty-mentors must complete all of the required program activities. 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*

Attendance at two of the three professional development events (faculty-mentor participation in panel discussions and research seminars is required)

The 2022 TruScholars professional development events are tentatively planned to be held as hybrid, synchronous events. Participants can attend face-to-face or via Zoom.

Applying to Graduate School Workshop: June 13, 1:30-3:00 pm

Faculty Scholarship Seminar: June 27, 1:30-3:00 pm

Research Dissemination and Presentation Workshop: July 11, 1:30-3:00 pm

Faculty Scholarship Seminar: July 25, 1:30-3:00 pm

Student presentation at Summer Research Symposium: August 27, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

Important Application Dates

February 3, 2022: TruScholars proposal writing workshop

February 23, 2022: Application deadline

March 18, 2022: Students notified of the success of their application

Important Program Dates

June 6, 2022: TruScholars program begins

July 29, 2022: TruScholars program ends

August 27, 2022: Present at Summer Research Symposium