Truman State recognizes the importance of a higher education institution to conduct academic research, not only to develop new knowledge and strategies, but also to help educate students on how to engage with the processes.
Support for Research
In honor of senator’s Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall’s public service in the House of Representatives, Truman State University facilitates student access to the Udall Scholarship, a $5,000 fellowship to allow for research that protects “national heritage through studies in the environment and Native American Health and Tribal Policies.” For additional information about the fellowship, click here.
Because Truman State is a member of COPLAC, or Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, many of our students have even more resources to pursue their research. In 2012, COPLAC allowed Truman students to access a research grant that would allow them to expand their horizons beyond just their campus. If a student is unable to find a mentor on Truman State’s campus to support his or her research, in any field, he or she may access a network of other COPLAC universities to find a professor willing to oversee his or her work through the Distance Mentors Program. Not only does this help students at Truman; additionally, students from member schools have access to participating professors here at Truman. This creates a community of learning not only within our university, but all across the country, and gives both faculty and students a spotlight in which to highlight their work.
The SRC is an annual research conference that offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their case studies, experiment findings, and other academic papers they have completed during their time at Truman or abroad to an audience of faculty and peers. The area of Environmental Studies has been specifically integrated into this program since 2008. Every April, Truman holds an Environmental Studies Conference, a specialized research conference in which various students, faculty, and guest speakers give presentations on subjects concerning sustainability efforts in the community and on campus. Presentations in the past have included subjects from literary ecocriticism to biological research on various aspects of campus, and attendees generally find the conference enriching and a great way to further environmental awareness and research at Truman.