Discovery Fellows

Discovery Fellows are paired with a faculty member to start working on research day one of their college career. While working on these research projects in their academic discipline, students gain insight into the professional world, enhance their knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and better prepare themselves for their path after they graduate from MU. These students also form an invaluable connection with their faculty mentor that can last for years to come and open other doors during their academic years.


Award Amount and Expectations

Discovery Fellows 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 meets the program requirements. Selected students work on their research project approximately eight hours per week during the academic year.


Current first-year students and entering freshmen with an ACT composite score of 32 or SAT score of 1420 are eligible for this program. No prior research work is required.


Incoming freshmen who are eligible for this scholarship program can click here for instructions on how to apply.

Current MU freshmen interested in the second year of the program can apply (or reapply if you are currently in the program) via the application link below. Applications for current students are now closed and will reopen in December of 2021.


For More Information

If you have any questions regarding this program or application, please contact our Scholars & Fellows Coordinator, Ava Drayton, or contact the Honors College at 573-882-3893.