IUI-Incoming Freshman Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP)

Incoming freshmen pursuing their first undergraduate degree, who meet regular admission requirements and have a minimum cumulative HS GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, may want to apply if you:

  1. Want to be continuously engage in faculty-mentored research while pursuing a degree at IUI
  2. Have at least a B grade in all math and science courses
  3. Plan to be a full-time undergraduate pursuing a degree in any subject
  4. Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • The IUI Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP) is a performance-based scholarship directed toward academically talented first-time or incoming transfer students. The program is meant for students who want to continuously engage in faculty-mentored research while pursuing their degree at IUI. Scholars from racial and ethnic populations who have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUI are encouraged to apply. Participants in the program are members of a community of undergraduate students who benefit from individual support, research activities, faculty mentoring and scholarship funding that leads to graduation with a four-year degree. Priority is given to incoming high school students, although continuing IUI students, as well as transfer students, may also apply. Awards are based on availability and applicants’ qualifications. These highly competitive awards are given to students in a variety of IUI majors/disciplines. Incoming freshman may continue in the program for up to 4 years if he/she maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA. Students pursuing a degree in STEM must provide two letters of recommendation from math and/or science instructors.

Up to the cost of in-state tuition and mandatory fees, a $4000 living stipend and for incoming freshmen, a housing stipend of up to $8,000 if living in on-campus housing.
Supplemental Questions
  1. DSRP Required Reference Request

    Scholars pursing a STEM degree must provide references from Math or Science instructors. Non-STEM majors may provide references from instructors or school administrators.

    • Provide the full names and emails of at least two references
  2. DSRP Essay 1

    Undergraduate Research is the act of investigation in order to create and share new forms of knowledge.

    What personal strengths and unique experiences do you bring to DSRP that will contribute to your success in research? 500 word minimum

  3. DSRP Essay 2

    How do you think engagement in research will help you grow as a scholar? 500 word minimum

  4. What is the best phone number to contact you if further information is needed?