Scholar 2 Scholar

Upcoming info meetings

These information meetings are students and faculty.

Students should apply for the Scholar2Scholar program and make certain they have also applied for the Division for Diversity and Inclusion Research Assistant work study position no later than April 2017.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Wednesday, Febrary 15, 2017
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Meyer Library, 204

Program Overview

The Missouri State University Scholar 2 Scholar Program (S2S) program was established to encourage engagement in research and to match undergraduate students to faculty mentors while assisting with faculty research and other creative projects. S2S is a campus-wide research initiative which supports students with work-study awards and interest in working with faculty from all disciplines as a research assistant.

S2S provides students with opportunities to engage in faculty research projects and empowers students, especially students from underrepresented and lower-income populations, to participate in research as early as possible. The program strives to increasingly retain a number of students who are pursuing careers where research skills are preferred prior to employment.

Faculty mentors define research projects and supervise students with implementation. Once completed, the project may be presented for internship credit, credit within the academic unit, or for other credits determined by the academic unit. Students are strongly encouraged to seek additional support from their mentors’ departments to attend seminars, conferences and research-related meetings during their startup experience. A central pool of resources might be established within the Office of the Provost for such purposes.

Each student receives at minimum an hourly wage of $9.00 paid via their work study awards. Students are responsible for arranging their own hours and transportation to on or off campus worksites.

Faculty mentors are sought via contact with academic departments in collaboration with the Central Coordinator. Each mentor is expected to formally engage with the student researcher in research basics and experiences as appropriate to the discipline and to meet requirements for departmental internships and/or credit awards.

An annual Undergraduate Research Symposium could be held each year to showcase results of student-assisted research. This experience may also be held in conjunction with other campus research symposia.

Interested students may submit a profile intake sheet online at the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion (OVPDI). 

Who is Eligible?

Undergraduate sophomore, junior, and senior students with work-study awards are eligible. Awards must be at least $1000 per semester, 2000 per year with possible summer employment for 1000. Eligible students will be available for research instruction and work at least 7 hours per week for a maximum of 30 weeks at the designated location.  In addition, the following criteria must be met prior to selection to the program:

  • Must carry a cumulative GPA of 2.4 or above throughout his/her S2S experience.
  • Must submit 2 letters of recommendation – one must be from a faculty member.

 What are the Opportunities?

  • Formal research credits may be earned toward graduation.
  • Internship credit may be earned in your particular discipline.
  • Resume builder.
  • Faculty mentor relationships.
  • Support for travel and national experiences.
  • Use of work-study funds while advancing your course study.         
  • Meet other students engaged with faculty research.
  • Public recognition for work completed.
  • Development of a research portfolio for employment interviews and/or graduate school applications.

 What are the expectations?

  • Interns are expected to make a presentation at the completion of the internship.
  • All students will complete a survey to capture important aspects of their experience.
  • Be present, on time, and prepared for all scheduled work.

 What are the rewards?

  • Letter of achievement from faculty mentors.
  • Certificate of completion signed by the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion and the Provost.
  • Eligibility for other research experiences.
  • Transcript showing completion of research credit with approval of department. 

How are faculty matched with students?

The Central Coordinator, DDI Office, will invite interested faculty to register as potential mentor-supervisors. They may also facilitate the matching process by providing names as potential candidates. Students may also contact faculty directly to utilize already established relationships. As students complete their respective orientations, names of students are sent to the central Coordinator where faculty and student interests are matched. After notice of a potential match is provided, faculty will conduct interviews and formally choose his/her student research assistant as a result. Employment begins after matching is completed and the Financial Aid Office confirms completion of the student’s official hire.

How do I Apply?

Interested students must first complete a work study application and then a profile intake sheet. Work study applications can be obtained by contacting the Office of Financial Aid or online at

MSU faculty are encouraged to participate in this academic initiative. Please encourage eligible students to apply to for the Scholar 2 Scholar research positions and encourage them to attend information meetings scheduled by DDI each semester. S2S is scheduled to begin in Spring 2016.

For more information, please contact either Dr. Jamaine Abidogun, Diversity Fellow at (417) 836-5916, or Division for Diversity and Inclusion (417) 836-3736 or email at