Experiential Student Scholars

Experiential Student Scholars Program

Texas Woman’s University Experiential Learning program, in partnership with the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence, hosts the annual Experiential Student Scholar Program (ESSP). The Experiential Student Scholar Program is intended to engage students in experiential project partnerships with faculty or staff. Applications are now open.

Student Scholar Stipend—$750
Mentor Stipend—$350

Experiential Projects are intended to engage students and encourage learning through dynamic process where students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside of a traditional academic setting. Experiential Projects require engaged learning characterized by: 

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

Experiential Learning encourages participation by all current TWU students.


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 projects – Social justice projects 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.


All Experiential Student Scholar Program (ESSP) applicants must:

  1. Be a current TWU student (enrolled for both Fall 2019 & Spring 2020)
  2. Be in good academic standing
  3. Have a TWU faculty or staff member who has demonstrated success in mentoring students and proficiency in experiential learning
  4. Have TWU mentor’s approval to apply for the program

How to apply

There are two ways to complete the Experiential Student Scholars Program. You may:

  1. Complete the 2020-2021 Experiential Student Scholar Program Application in a Word document and submit it electronically; or
  2. Complete the Google Form version of the application at https://forms.gle/uTiGaMr5MfZm2emv8 (you must sign in with your TWU account)

We encourage to start the application as early as possible to ensure that you complete the application by the deadline.

Application deadline

Applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online by September 14, 2020.


Please direct all questions to Dr. Elia Tamplin by email at etamplin@twu.edu.

Application Checklist

Download the following forms:

Page last updated 12:42 PM, September 9, 2020