Cherng Summer Scholars

Cherng Summer Scholars program is a full-time, nine week, summer research or artistry program for rising MU juniors and seniors.

Cherng Summer Scholars will participate in individually designed theoretical research, applied research, or artistry projects, under the mentorship of an MU faculty member in the field. The research and artistry projects may be conducted in a laboratory, a studio, an archive, or other location, either on or off-campus.

Students must make arrangements with a faculty mentor and have a written commitment of support prior to application.


Applications will be accepted from rising MU juniors and seniors who are active members of the Honors College and in good standing (3.5 GPA or higher).

Applicants should be able to demonstrate prior, successful, research or artistry experience.

This is a full-time research program. Scholars are not permitted to enroll in coursework at MU or any other institution while participating in the program, with the exception of a required 1-credit research and artistry seminar (GH 1050H) specifically designed for the Scholars, or in designated, departmental undergraduate research hours. All tuition and related fees are the responsibility of the student.


The program is supported by a gift from Andrew and Peggy Cherng and the Panda Charitable Foundation. Recipients will receive a $7,000.00 award and access to a $1,000 research or artistry project expense account.

This scholarship may impact your financial aid package. Students are encouraged to talk to their financial aid advisor before accepting their position in the program. Similarly, if you are an intercollegiate athlete, your scholarship may impact your athletic scholarship or eligibility.

For questions and/or more information, please contact Ms. Ava Corn ( regarding and application or procedural questions, or Dr. J.D. Bowers ( regarding any programmatic or eligibility questions.

You may also visit the Cherng Scholars website.