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About Summer Scholars

What is it?

Summer Scholars is a chance for students to do an independent research study that is guided by a faculty member during the summer semesters. 

Who can participate?

Any MUW student who is enrolled for the fall can apply to be a summer scholar. Students should consult with a faculty member who would serve as their summer mentor before applying. Students who plan to study abroad that summer are strongly urged to apply for the opportunity during a different summer term. 

Why should I apply?

Those who are chosen to participate receive a scholarship for tuition, housing, and meals for the duration of the program. At the end of the program, participants receive course credit, and are asked to present their research, either at an off-campus venue, or during the following Undergraduate Research Conference on campus. You can also impress future employers or graduates schools by putting Summer Scholars participation on your résumé or CV!

How do I apply?

Application information and materials are at muw.edu/our/summer/apply.Talk to a faculty mentor before submitting your application materials! You will design this experience with a faculty member who will guide you through the independent study, so have a conversation with them about what you'd like to accomplish, and how they can help you get there. Submit applications materials to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline posted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you tell me who the faculty mentors are?

All mentored relationships happen differently! If you know there is a faculty member you want to work with, have a conversation with them about your ideas and their work. If you aren't sure who to talk to, feel free to call the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research to help you find someone, or check out the list of Campus Opportunities on the OUR website.  

Can international students participate?

Yes! International students can participate in Summer Scholars. For additional questions about enrollment, financial aid, etc., conact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Do I have to live on campus?

Because students who participate in Summer Scholars are a cohort for the duration of the program, you are encouraged to live on campus. Students with extenuating circumstances may be given special consideration, and if granted, will not receive the portion of scholarship that pays for housing. For questions about this, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What materials do I need to apply?

All submissions should be sent via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by the deadline. More information on submission materials is here, but in general, applications should include:

  • A proposal, no more than 1 page, stating the goals the student hopes to accomplish during the Summer Scholars program. Be as concrete as possible.
  • A letter from a faculty member, stating they've discussed the program with the student and their willingness to be a mentor during the summer term(s).

I've been accepted! What now?

Once accepted, the Coordinator of Undergraduate Research will contact you about getting information for financial aid, housing, and dining services. You will also get materials about the schedule for the program and setting up the first meeting with your cohort.

Do I, the faculty mentor, receive compensation?

Yes! Faculty mentors are paid $200 per course credit hour (the amount for supervising an independent study).

Are there materials to help prepare me, the mentor?

Yes! In addition to resources for mentoring undergraduate researchers, the OUR provides a document that gives mentors an idea of what schedules might look like, examples of research goals, and ways to measure progress towards those goals.