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 2021 TruScholars program will coincide with the eight-week Summer semester, June 7-July 30. During this time, students should devote full-time effort to their project, and faculty mentors should be continuously available for consultation and collaboration.
January 27, 3:30-5:00 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 January 26 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 four professional development events (faculty-mentor participation in panel discussions and research seminars is required)
All 2021 TruScholars professional development events will be held via Zoom
Applying to Graduate School Workshop: June 9, 1:30-3:00 pm
Faculty Research Seminar: June 23, 1:30-3:00 pm
Research Dissemination and Presentation Workshop: July 7, 9:30-11:00 am
Faculty Research Seminar: July 21, 9:30-11:00 am
Student presentation at Summer Research Symposium: August 28, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (Format TBA)
*Event dates and times are tentative and are subject to change
Important Application Dates
January 27, 2021: TruScholars proposal writing workshop
February 15, 2021: Application deadline
March 15, 2021: Students notified of the success of their application
Important Program Dates
June 7, 2021: TruScholars program begins
July 30, 2021: TruScholars program ends
August 28, 2021: Present at Summer Research Symposium