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 $5,750, including a $3,500 max student stipend and $1,750 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 2024 TruScholars program will coincide with the eight-week Summer semester, June 3-July 26. 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
  • be mentored by a Truman faculty member
  • be in good academic standing
  • plan to graduate no earlier than the Fall semester following program participation
  • 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 toward 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.

2024 TruScholars Schedule

To be determined

Important Application Dates

February 22, 2024: Application Deadline

March 22, 2024: Students notified of the success of their application

Important Program Dates

June 3, 2024: TruScholars program begins

July 26, 2024: TruScholars program ends

July 26, 2024: Summer Research Symposium