Experiential Student Scholars Program

The Experiential Student Scholar Program allows students to engage in learning through the dynamic process of research where students can develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting. If approved, students will receive a $1000 stipend to conduct their research and have the opportunity to work with a TWU faculty or staff mentor of their choice.

Mentors of approved scholars will receive $500 to be used for direct and indirect costs related to the student's project. Materials and equipment acquired with funds provided to the mentor/department under this program are the property of TWU. Mentors will receive the funds via their departmental accounts.

Experiential Projects require engaged learning characterized by:

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  • Active collaboration with a faculty or staff mentor;
  • Application of discipline specific theories;
  • Real-world problem solving; and
  • Simulation of skills external to the classroom

The program is open to all currently enrolled students, and research is conducted in Fall and Spring semesters.


Applied Research and Creative Activity – Applied research and creative activity projects utilize theoretical concepts in conjunction with primary and/or secondary data to make original contributions to the discipline by developing practical solutions to real-world problems related to the student’s discipline. Examples include the creation of artifacts, products, programs, or strategies that contribute to solving the identified problem.

Basic or Scientific Research – Basic or scientific research is hypothesis driven and designed to address and/or test specific scientific questions and theories. Examples include theoretically sound conceptual research designs which may include scientific experimentation related to the student’s discipline.

Internships – This category is intended to support and assist students in completing unpaid internships specifically related to their discipline.  Students must complete projects that bridge theory with practice while completing the internship and must be supervised by a faculty mentor in addition to the internship site supervisor.

Education Abroad – This category is intended to support and assist students in completing courses or experiential projects while studying abroad. Projects must include a practical, applied, or hands on project directly linked to the student’s academic discipline. This may include an analysis of how discipline specific concepts are applied in the host country.

Social Justice – This category is intended to support projects that meaningfully describe, interrogate, challenge, and eliminate social injustices and oppressive conditions over a broad range of issues. Such projects make original contributions to the discipline and society by blending theory and practice to deepen and broaden understandings of the nature and function of power, privilege, and oppression; provide practical and actionable solutions that contribute to social reform and social justice; and center communities that have been marginalized by White Supremacy and other systems of oppression as both subjects and producers of knowledge. Examples of social justice research projects include participatory action research, photovoice research projects, community-based initiatives, and more.


To apply to the Experiential Student Scholars Program, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a current TWU student (enrolled for both Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters);
  • Be in good academic standing;
  • Receive a TWU faculty or staff mentor’s approval to apply for the program; and
  • Be able to complete the proposed project by March 2022
Undergraduate application
Graduate application

Important dates

  • 04/01/21     Application Information Session (Application opens)
  • 08/23/21     Application Reminder Sent (First day of school)
  • 09/10/21     Application Closed(at 8 am)
  • 09/24/21     Decisions Sent
  • 09/29/21     Orientation
  • 10/01/21     Pre-Experience Materials Due
  • 01/03/22     Mid-Project Report Due
  • 03/31/22     Poster Templates Due*
  • 04/20/22     Experiential Student Scholar Symposium
  • 05/02/22     Final Project Report Due

*Experiential Students Scholars are strongly encouraged to participate in the Experiential Student Scholars Program Symposium and other TWU-sponsored events (e.g., the Creative Arts and Research Symposium). Those who are considering participating in both programs should submit their poster template on 03/31/2022.

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