Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars


About the Program

The Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is an enhanced independent research opportunity for outstanding Elliott School juniors and seniors. Started in 2009, the program provides Scholars with support and resources to produce polished and meaningful work that can be submitted for publication, conference participation, or as part of grant, fellowship, or graduate study applications.

Highlights of the program include:

  • One-credit Pass/No Pass course in the fall to learn about research skills, resources and opportunities, to share research updates with peers, and to write a preliminary draft of the research paper.
  • Three-credit graded Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course in the spring, focusing on peer critique of preliminary drafts of the research papers and completion of the final draft.
  • Close work with a faculty advisor.
  • Pairing with an Elliott School graduate student mentor.
  • Research stipend of $500 to be used for research materials and experiences and to cover lunch with the faculty advisor and coffee with the graduate student mentor; possibility of applying for additional funding for special opportunities.
  • Peer support throughout the research and writing process.
  • Presentation of research at an on-campus academic conference at the end of the spring semester.
  • Publication in an academic journal (a printed compilation of the final papers).

Application Information

The application for the 2015-2016 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars is now closed. The application for the 2016-2017 program will be available in Spring 2016. In the meantime, you may use the 2015-2016 application which appears below, as a point of reference. 

2015-2016 Application 


The 2015-2016 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars program is open to Elliott School undergraduates with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 who will graduate in the following terms: Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Spring 2017.

Application Materials

Application Resources

Application Process Timeline

If interested, please try to attend one info session and the proposal workshop. These sessions are not mandatory but are recommended. You will not be penalized for not attending. The materials that will be distributed at these meetings are available using the links above, so if you cannot attend a session, you will still have access to all materials.  

  • Thursday, March 19, 2:00 to 4:00 pm in 1957 E Street, Room 303 A - Information Session
    The first half of this session will be an overview of the various undergraduate research options at the Elliott School, and the second half will focus on the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars.
  • Thursday, March 26, 3:00 to 4:00 pm in 1957 E Street, Room 303 A - Research Proposal Workshop
  • Friday, March 27, 2:00 to 4:00 pm in the Academic Advising Conference Room, 1957 E Street, Suite 302 - Information Session
    The first half of this session will be an overview of the various undergraduate research options at the Elliott School, and the second half will focus on the Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars.
  • Monday, April 13 - Applications Due by 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 14 - Applicants will be notified by 5:00 pm on this date as to whether they have been selected.

Selected applicants who confirm their intention to participate will be registered for Fall 2015 course (IAFF 3192) by the Office of Academic Advising & Student Services. Applicants should plan their schedules accordingly.

If you have questions that are not addressed in the FAQs, you may email Annie Vinik, Associate Director of Academic Advising, at avinik@gwu.edu. Please note that Ms. Vinik is not available to meet with students individually about their applications or answer questions via email that are specific to your topic and proposal.

2014-2015 Undergraduate Scholars Final Presentations

The 2014-2015 Undergraduate Scholars presented their research on April 16, 2015 in the following panels:  

Civil Societies in Transition: Building Social Cohesion in the Wake of Conflict and Disaster 
Spogmay Ahmed, Sarah Freeman-Woolpert, Hailey Pulman, Avani Singh
Moderated by Ivana Djukic, Graduate Student Mentor

Security Challenges and Responsible Management: Chinese Cyber Threats, Mexican Vigilante Violence, and Pentagon Budget Battles 

Samuel Klein, Ryan Melcher, Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

Moderated by Ashley Reaves, Graduate Student Mentor


Framing the Conversation: Examining International and Domestic Political Engagement

Anna Boadwee, Jennifer Hamilton, Rosa Kim, Paul McKinney, Nicolás Pedreira

Moderated by Amanda Conklin, Graduate Student Mentor


Land and Labor: Implications of Social Roles on Quality of Life, Public Health, Social Change, and Political Access

Pamela Levy, Samah Mcgona, Sarah Sawyer, Julia Wagner

Moderated by Kelsey King, Graduate Student Mentor