Transforming Summers Outside the Classroom 

The Gardner-Webb University Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars Program creates a protected environment for rising juniors or seniors to engage in five weeks of focused research during one of the regularly scheduled summer school sessions of the school year. 

Summer Research Scholar grants will provide room and board on campus for students working with faculty mentors or faculty collaborators in any school or department at GWU. 

What do Summer Undergraduate Research Scholars do?

The Undergraduate Research Program’s mission is to involve students and professors in scholarly projects that come to fruition outside the boundaries of the classroom. As a result, substantial mentoring/collaborative work must take place outside the classroom during the summer session even though the project could have been inspired by a class assignment. 

In addition, all Summer Research Scholars must present the results of their projects in forums beyond those required for fulfilling the requirements of a class. During the summer term, the student is expected to devote approximately forty hours per week to the project. Summer Scholars may not take other classes or be employed during the duration of the summer term in which they are working.

Examples of acceptable projects include:

  1. A scientific/psychological/business experiment conducted with careful attention to professional standards and with IRB approval if needed.
  2. A creative writing project (e.g., poems, short stories, chapters of a novel, creative non-fiction, etc.) culminating in submission to a publication venue.
  3. A graphic arts or musical composition project for public display/performance.
  4. Composition of a researched scholarly article in any discipline to be presented at a scholarly conference or published in a scholarly journal.
  5. A project that combines library or action research with a service learning project under the guidance of the Impact Center for Christian Ethics and Social Responsibility.