The mission of the Investigative Studies Program is to:

  • provide students with an opportunity to pursue their research and creative interests in a manner not found in a typical class setting,
  • promote intellectual curiosity and stimulate creativity in students in an academic discipline or between disciplines, and
  • foster a sense of learning, sharing, and commitment with a community of scholars.


Key Dates for FALL 2019

TRAVEL AND SUPPLY GRANTS - Submit via email to Dr. Parsons:

  • Round 1 Travel and Supply Grants deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.
  • Round 2 Travel and Supply Grants deadline: Thursday, November 14, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.



  • 2020 Summer Fellowship: Applications and reference forms due Thursday, February 27, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Submit via email to Dr. Parsons: The Investigative Studies Summer Fellowship Program has been enhanced and expanded to include weekly seminars and increased stipends. Scroll down on this page for more information.
  • 2020 All Scholars Day: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Abstract Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020. Submit online. Scroll down on this page for more information


Supply Grant Information

The Supply Grant program provides student researchers with a small fund ($250 maximum) from which they can purchase consumable materials or supplies for a current research or creative project. The program is open to all full-time undergraduate students. Student applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis by a committee of faculty members.  Application criteria include a current overall GPA of 3.000 or better and sponsorship by a Marietta College faculty member.

Open to all full-time undergraduate Marietta College students wishing to work on research or a creative project that would: (a) lead to a presentation at an off-campus academic or professional conference; (b) result in publication in a scholarly journal or similar quality publication; or (c) permit a student to submit a creative work to an off-campus juried show or performance. Supply Grant recipients will make poster presentations of their research or performances at the annual All Scholars Day.

Download Supply Grant Application

Travel Grant Information

The Travel Fellowships Program is designed to foster a sense of learning and commitment between students and a community of scholars. Travel fellowships (up to $500 per student per project) enable students to present their research or perform in the fine arts at a regional or national academic conference. When sufficient funding is available, students wishing simply to attend a professional conference may also be considered for a smaller fellowship (up to $350 of funding per student per conference). Fulltime undergraduate students in any discipline with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA may apply for Travel Fellowships. Awards are competitive and require sponsorship by a faculty mentor. At Marietta, we believe the experience of presenting original work at a larger regional or national forum enriches one’s intellectual life and enhances a sense of professionalism. Travel Fellowship recipients will make poster presentations of their research or performances at the annual All Scholars Day.

Download Travel Grant Application

Please contact Dr. Parsons for more information:

All Scholars Day

Thursday, April 16, 2020

All Scholars Day is a campus-wide celebration of scholarship at Marietta College. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to participate in ASD — it is such an important day that no class meetings are held on ASD! ASD provides students an opportunity to share their research, creative projects, and senior capstone projects with the Marietta College Community. Students give talks, poster presentations, demonstrations, and performances for audiences that span across disciplines, demonstrating the importance of the liberal arts at Marietta College.

Please read through the information before scrolling down to the online submission form. Please contact Dr. Parsons with any questions.

General Information

  1. Deadline: Abstracts must be received no later than Thursday, February 27, 2020.
  2. Abstract submissions must be submitted online through this web page for All Scholars Day.
  3. Notification of session assignment will be e-mailed by Friday, April 10, 2020.
  4. All presentation titles and talks will be listed in a program, which will be available on All Scholars Day.
  5. All Investigative Studies Travel Grant recipients are required to attend and present at All Scholars Day.  Presentations may be identical to what you presented at the conference, or you may wish to present on what you learned at the conference.

Poster Instructions for Accepted Abstracts

  1. Poster dimensions are 36 inches high x 48 inches wide. Please do not attach your poster to poster board or a trifold board. Bring push pins to attach your poster to the presentation board.
  2. Posters must be presented by the primary author (or group of authors).
  3. Posters must be set up 15 minutes in advance of the assigned Poster Session. The presenter is responsible for assembling the poster board and removing the poster at the end of the session.

Poster Presentation

There will be one poster presentation session, 10:00-11:30 a.m. An all-campus lunch celebration will directly follow the poster session. Students are expected to stand with their poster for the entire session.

Oral Presentation Instructions for Accepted Abstracts

  1. Oral presentations should be 10-12 minutes long, with 3-5 minutes for questions, unless otherwise noted (Some capstone sessions will have different time requirements; please confirm with your advisor what the expectations are as you prepare your talk).
  2. All presentations should be submitted to the session chairperson 15 minutes in advance of the oral session. Please have your presentation Windows-ready in a .ppt file format, stored on a jump drive. Please name your file with your last name_first name.

Oral Presentation Sessions

  1. There will be multiple oral presentation sessions, scheduled in the morning and afternoon.
  2. All sessions will be moderated by a faculty member.
  3. Audience members are welcome to switch sessions but are encouraged NOT to switch DURING a presentation.
  4. Presenters are asked to remain at their session for the duration of the session.

Content of the Abstract (Please see the Abstract Submission form below)

  1. Title of project and author(s), using last name, first initial. List the primary author as the first author, but be sure to include all contributors, including your research mentor as the last author.
  2. Abstract body is limited to 75 words.
  3. The body of abstract: the purpose of the study, methods used, a summary of the results and conclusion reached (tentative conclusions or expected outcomes are fine).
  4. References and credits SHOULD NOT be included in the abstract.
  5. Use standard abbreviations in parentheses after the full word the first time it appears.
  6. Indicate whether you prefer to give a talk or present a poster (Please note that for some capstone projects and honors theses, talks are required).
  7. Abstracts will be evaluated as submitted. Proofread and edit your submission accordingly.
  8. Please indicate the subject category your abstract most closely represents in the drop-down menu in the online submission form.


Online Submission Form


Investigative Studies Summer Fellowship Program

The goal of the Student Summer Fellowship Program is to encourage undergraduate student-faculty collaboration in investigative studies. Summer Fellowships are designed to support students for a six-week period so that students may work with a faculty member on a project of mutual interest. Student Summer Fellowship recipients receive a taxable stipend of up to $2,610 stipend plus six weeks of campus housing. The program is open to all undergraduate full-time students who are pre-registered at Marietta College for the fall semester. Student application proposals will be evaluated on a competitive basis by members of the Honors & Investigative Studies Committee. While the quality of the projects is the most important criterion for funding, projects that have a strong chance of resulting in a publication, performance, or professional presentation will receive higher rankings by the Committee.


No more than four Summer Fellowships of up to $2,610 each will be announced in early March 2020. The Fellowship is awarded in taxable hourly pay. Students receive six weeks of free on-campus housing (also taxable). Students are responsible for their own meals and other living expenses.

Student Application Criteria

  • Current cumulative GPA of 3.000 or above is required.
  • Applications are open to undergraduate full-time students who are pre-registered at MC for the fall semester.
  • A team of several students may submit a common project application, although they must each obtain individual letters of reference. Depending on the amount of available funding, these students may be required to share a single award.
  • Mentorship by a Marietta College faculty member is required.  The mentor will fill out and submit the Adviser Reference Form.*
  • A second faculty member (separate from the mentor) is required and will fill out and submit the Faculty Reference Form.*
  • An electronic version of the Summer Fellowship application and proposal should be fully completed, approved by the faculty mentor, and submitted by the due date.*

*An electronic version of the application and reference forms will be due on February 27, 2020, and submitted via email to Dr. Suzanne Parsons, Director of the Investigative Studies Program ( Please Contact Dr. Parsons if you have questions.

Goals and Expectations

The goals of the Summer Fellowship Program in Investigative Studies are:

  • To provide students with an opportunity to pursue their research and creative interests in a manner not found in a typical classroom setting.
  • To promote intellectual curiosity and stimulate creativity in students in an academic discipline or between disciplines.
  • To foster a sense of learning, sharing, and commitment to a community of scholars.

The following are requirements for students receiving a Summer Fellowship:

  • The student and sponsoring faculty member are expected to work together on an investigative learning project for six weeks during the first summer session. Students in all academic and interdisciplinary programs at the College are encouraged to apply.
  • Every two weeks, the student is expected to submit a one-page summary report to Dr. Parsons, Investigative Studies Program Director. Students will also submit a timecard every two weeks (approved by his/her faculty advisor and the Program Director) in order to be paid $15.00 per hour for a total of up to twenty-nine hours per week, for a total of up to $2610.
  • Summer Fellows will make a 20-minute presentation at the Investigative Studies Fall Symposium. Students are strongly encouraged to also present their work in another public forum, e.g., performance, publication, or presentation at a professional meeting.
  • Students are committed to working 29‐hours per week for 6 weeks. Thus, students should not enroll in this program if planning on carrying a significant coursework load, or holding a second job.
  • Accepting this fellowship position implies that the student agrees to be available for the entire six‐week program. Exact hours depend on experiments and seminars.
  • In addition to attending the weekly Fellowship seminars, students are expected to attend and fully participate in all required extracurricular activities
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