Senator Wayne Goode Scholars Program

Senator Wayne Goode, MU Curator Emeritus

The Senator Wayne Goode, Curator Emeritus Scholars Program provides one of the most exciting and intellectually stimulating paths to undergraduate research. When you become a Goode Scholar, you become part of an exciting and vibrant research community of leading-edge faculty and researchers. Goode Scholars 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. Scholars gain insight into the professional world, enhance their knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and better prepare themselves for graduate school.

Professional development workshops, an opportunity to present your research, and social gatherings with other fellows, are just a few of the highlights of the program.

About Senator Wayne Goode

Wayne Goode served in the Missouri House of Representatives from 1963 until 1984, when he was elected to the Missouri Senate, where he served until the beginning of 2005. During his time in the legislature, he focused on fiscal and budget issues, chairing the Appropriations Committee in both the House and the Senate. Goode also focused on the environment, elementary and secondary education, and a broad range of consumer issues. He passed the legislation needed to allow the creation of the University of Missouri–St. Louis and sponsored the state’s first hazardous materials law, as well as legislation for groundwater protection, disposal site cleanups, drinking water standards, and countless other issues.

Wayne Goode at his last conference committees on the state budget.

Since leaving the Senate, Goode has continued to employ his leadership and strong work ethic for the public good by serving on the boards of various institutions, including the University of Missouri (where he was a Curator), Missouri Foundation for Health, the Missouri Historical Society, the L-A-D Foundation, Trailnet, and Missouri American Water. He is a lifelong environmental advocate and an avid cyclist.

Current first year students and entering freshmen with an ACT composite score of 32 or better are eligible for the Senator Wayne Goode, Curator Emeritus Scholars Program.  This is a two-year program, and students are eligible to seek renewal for the second year through an internal application process, pending successful completion of the first-year experience.

Entering freshman who are eligible to apply for the Honors College and wish to apply for the Scholars & Fellows programs may do so as part of the Honors College Application. You can access the Honors College application beginning August 15 after you apply for admission to Mizzou through your application status page. The Scholars & Fellows application is due by January 1, 2021.  Please note that in order for your Scholars & Fellows application to be considered, you must have already been admitted into MU.


Participants are selected by the Honors College Scholars & Fellows Faculty Advisory Committee in the spring. Every fall we have two spots available for first year students and two spots for returning second year students.


Fellows are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 for the year. This award is dispersed in four 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.

Goode Scholars (Present & Past)

2020-2021 |  Alyson Kee (’24)  |  Bradford Siwak (’24)

Click on the image below to hear from the first two Goode Scholars as they express their gratitude to Senator Goode for sponsoring this award and for changing their collegiate trajectory.


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 the Scholars & Fellows Coordinator, Ava Drayton (, or contact the Honors College at 573-882-3893.