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 2018

  • FALL SYMPOSIUM: 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 13th in Selby 148 in Rickey Science Center
    • Investigative Studies Summer Fellowship Students will give presentations of the work that they completed this summer. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!


  • Round 1 Travel and Supplies Grants deadline: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by 5 p.m. Submit via email to Dr. Parsons:
  • Round 2 Travel and Supplies Grants deadline: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, by 5 p.m. Submit via email to Dr. Parsons:
  • 2018 Summer Fellowship: Dates to be announced in January
  • 2018 All Scholars Day: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Abstract Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019. Submit online.


Supplies Grant Information

The Supplies 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.

  1. Application criteria include:
  2. Current overall GPA of 3.000 or better.
  3. 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.

Download Supplies Grant Application

Students should submit an electronic copy of the application to Dr. Parsons, Director of the Investigative Studies Program. Further details are available from Dr. Parsons:

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:

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 $2,250 stipend plus six weeks of campus housing or a $500 housing allowance for off-site projects. 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 five Summer Fellowships of $2,250 each will be announced in early March 2019. The Fellowship is awarded in two installments, payable in May and July 2019. The July installment is awarded upon submission of the summary report. Students receive six weeks of free on-campus housing or the $500 housing allowance in the event that the work is being completed at another college/university campus. Students are responsible for their own meals and other living expenses.

Student Application Criteria
  • Current cumulative GPA of 3.000 or above
  • 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, however, these students may be required to share a single $2,250 award
  • Mentorship by a Marietta College faculty member who will fill out a Faculty Mentor Form and submit via email to Dr. Suzanne Parsons ( by February 22, 2019
  • An electronic version of the Summer Fellowship Proposal is due on February 22, 2019. Applications will be received via email by Dr. 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 with 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. Student summer projects may take many forms including off-campus investigative endeavors. Students in all academic and interdisciplinary programs at the College are encouraged to apply.
  • Following the six-week fellowship, the student is expected to submit a 750-word summary report to Dr. Parsons, Investigative Studies Program Director. The report should summarize progress that the student made on the project during the6 weeks and should also discuss the student’s plans for the project.
  • 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.
Important Documents


All Scholars Day

Thursday, April 18, 2019

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 Friday, March 8, 2019.
  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 12, 2019.
  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 widePlease do not attach your poster to poster board or a trifold board. Bring pushpins 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, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. 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


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