The INDV 460 Summer Research Internship for undergraduates is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and Truman State University. It provides tuition (4CR), room & board, and scholar/mentor stipends for all participants.
Required Summer Research Internship II Application Materials for Funding Approval:
- A research proposal (developed in INDV 400). It should include a timeline and itemized budget (not including student and mentor stipends) that lists shipping costs and a description of how each item is needed for carrying out the project. McNair Scholars, please upload a PDF version of the proposal here.
- A personal statement (developed in INDV 400) written by the student that explains how you will grow intellectually and personally as a result of this internship experience. McNair Scholars, please upload a PDF version of your personal statement here.
- A mentoring plan written by the faculty mentor (2 pages max, single-spaced) that explains how they will oversee the project. How will they train the McNair student in research methods? Assess their goals and progress? Help them write for a multi-disciplinary audience? Mentors, please upload a PDF version of the mentoring plan here.
- A faculty mentor availability form, which provides the McNair Program with information about summer obligations and contact information. Mentors, please complete the form here.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for funding, students must be current Truman McNair scholars in good standing who have completed INDV 400: Graduate School Preparation with a grade of B or better and must available to participate in all internship requirements as well as Truman’s Summer Research Symposium on August 24, 2019.
SELECTION: Applications are due by 11:59PM on Friday, March 8 and will be reviewed by the McNair Editorial & Review Committee. Students and mentors will be informed of funding decisions and/or revision requirements by Monday, March 25 and online participation contracts will need to be signed by Friday, April 5. Proposals will be scored according to a rubric that reflect proposal guidelines provided to scholars at the start of the Spring term.
What are the dates? Monday, May 13 to Friday, July 12, 2019
What will the schedule look like? Scholars are expected to work at least 40 hours per week on research activities and to attend combined workshops with TruScholars participants (schedule TBA). By April 15, each scholar will set a weekly internship schedule with their mentor for meetings and task completion.
Once student-mentor schedules are determined, McNair will schedule other required internship activities at the Adair House such as
- GRE preparation work sessions
- Graduate admission essay work sessions
- Weekly McNair scholar group meetings
How & when will stipend payments occur? The internship student stipend of $2,800 is disbursed in two pay periods (June 15 and July 15) after required work is submitted and time cards approved. Mentors are paid a $1,500 stipend according to University faculty summer pay periods.
What work are scholars required to complete? A full-length research report (typically 15-25 pages, varies by discipline), a 15-minute research presentation with slides, and weekly time cards for mentor approval, along with basic completion assignments in preparation for graduate program applications (e.g. drafts of grad admissions essays, GRE preparation, etc.).