Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars

The application for the 2015-2016 Elliott School Undergraduate Scholars is now open. See "Application Information" below.

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).

2015-2016 Application Information

Eligibility

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 303A– 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 303A - 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.