Friday, May 6, 2011

Student Government Shows Support for Academic Student Research

by Amber Fiedler ’13

On Thursday, May 5, 2011, the Gordon College Student Government (GCSG) voted to designate the remaining funds of the 2010–2011 Gordon College Student Association’s (GCSA) account towards academic-related student grants and research.

This money will be available to students who have the opportunity to present undergraduate research at conferences but do not have the adequate funds to do so. Students will be able to use this money to cover expenses such as transportation, accommodations, and conference fees. These funds will be available as early as fall 2011.

Students interested in a GCSG research grant must enter into an application and approval process before any money is designated. Requirements for the grant include acceptance into a conference, at least a 3.25 GPA in their department major, and at least a cumulative GPA of a 3.0. They must also have the approval of their department chair.

The 2010–2011 GCSG identified a strong student need within the institution for such support. Throughout the school year, for instance, students have been offered opportunities to further their undergraduate endeavors, but without the proper funding, they have struggled to do so.

The GCSG believes this decision will enhance the pursuit of scholarship for students at Gordon College and hopes to set a precedent for future GCSA administrations, as well as draw the attention of the Gordon College administration to this student need.

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