ASH Scholars

The Honors College and the Office of Undergraduate Research jointly support teams of undergraduate research students in the arts, humanities, or social science (ASH) disciplines, who collaboratively work as members of a faculty-led research or design team.

The ASH Scholars Program employs the team approach of research, scholarship, design, and/or artistry, in academic areas where teams may not be the typical mode of scholarly work. It also seeks to integrate undergraduates into the ongoing and long-term professional processes or research or artistry and created a model for faculty-undergraduate collaboration here at MU and throughout higher education. There are four current ASH Projects:

Documenting Luyia (Linguistics and Department of English)

Close Relationships (Psychological Sciences)

Art of Death (Psychological Sciences, School of Visual Studies, and Museum of Art and Archaeology)

Minority-Focused News as a Locus of Empowerment (Department of Communications)

Award Amount and Expectations

Scholars are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 for the year. This award is dispersed in two equal installments during the year and only if the student maintains good standing in the program requirements. Selected students work on their research project approximately eight hours per week during the academic year.

Students and faculty mentors are expected to meet regularly (at least weekly) as a group and are encouraged to meet with subgroups of students as well. Team members will also be expected to present their work at the Spring Undergraduate Research & Creative Achievements Forum (April). Presentations may be individual or with small groups.


Eligibility Requirements

Any student, regardless of class year or major, is eligible to apply so long as you are in good standing at MU. Although the proposed project will be based on artistry, social sciences, and/or humanities, student participants need not be limited to majoring in these areas. Preference will be given to Honors College students.


How to Apply

To apply for this scholarship, log into ScholarshipUniverse using your MU assigned username and password and search “ASH Scholarship”

Applications are due on Friday, July 30, 2021.

Please note that program selections will be made contingent on funding. Funding decisions will be determined by July 1. Each research team has funding for about 10 students but some of those spots will be filled with returning students. Exact numbers will be determined by the faculty during the summer.


For More Information

If you have any questions regarding the Discovery Fellows program or application, please contact our Scholars & Fellows Coordinator, Ava Drayton (DraytonA@missouri.edu), or contact the Honors College at 573-882-3893.