Discovery Fellows

The Discovery Fellows Program is an exciting and intellectually stimulating way to learn about the process of conducting research. When you become a Discovery Fellow, you become part of an exciting and vibrant research community of leading-edge faculty, scholars, and researchers. Discovery Fellows work on projects in their academic discipline, meet other students and faculty who share similar interests, and use these experiences to help pave the way for future research projects. Fellows will gain insight into the professional world, enhance their knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and better prepare themselves for graduate school. Social gatherings with other fellows, professional development workshops, and an opportunity to present their research are highlights of the program.

Current first year students and entering freshmen with an ACT composite score of 33 or better are eligible for the Honors College Discovery Fellows Program. Eligible students are identified from application data and are contacted by December. Entering freshmen will be invited to apply via the email used on the MU online application and current students will be contacted via their MU email address. Applications are due by early February.


Participants are selected by the deans of their respective colleges or schools in the spring.


Selected students work approximately eight hours per week during the academic year. Fellows are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 for the year. Applicants must also complete the Honors College application or already be admitted to the Honors College.

Past Participants

In the past, participating students have been selected from the following schools and colleges: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; Arts and Science; Business; Engineering; Human Environmental Studies, Health Professions and Journalism.

For More Information

Join us in gaining new insights, developing practical tools and opportunities for personal development that have a genuine impact on your career path. For more information, please contact Kristina Bradley, First-year Discovery Fellows Coordinator Kristina Bradley (, or Susan Geisert, Second-year Discovery Fellows Coordinator (, or contact the Honors College at 573-882-3893.

Scholars & Fellows Weekend

Each fall, the Honors College hosts an Honors Scholars & Fellows Weekend for qualified students (by invitation only). This event includes a dinner and keynote talk, conversations with honors faculty, and a day of sessions on research & artistry, the Honors Learning Community, and life as an honors student at Mizzou. To be eligible to be invited, students must file their MU application and be accepted by October 1 and have at least a 33 ACT (or its equivalent). At this event the College will share advance details about the application processes and procedures for all of our Scholars & Fellows events, as well as any details about newly developing opportunities.