Discovery Fellows

  • Bachelor
  • $2,000 per year
  • 14 February 2024

While working on these research projects in their academic discipline, students gain insight into the professional world, enhance their knowledge base and critical thinking skills, and better prepare themselves for their path after they graduate from MU.

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  • Current first-year students and entering freshmen with an ACT composite score of 32 or SAT score of 1420 are eligible for this program. No prior research work is required.

The Honors College application will automatically appear on your Application Status Page once the office of admissions has reviewed your materials and you meet one of the following criteria:

  • ACT score of 31 or above;
  • SAT score of 1390 or above;
  • High School GPA of 3.75 or above (as recorded by Mizzou Admissions);
  • ACT score of 28-30 and a top 20% class rank (for ranking high schools);
  • SAT score of 1300-1380 and a top 20% class rank (for ranking high schools).

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Discovery Fellows are awarded a scholarship of $2,000 for the year dispersed in two equal installments during the year and only if the student meets the program requirements.


Complete the Honors College Application via your Application Status Page. This application includes:

Essay of 500-750 words that addresses ONE of the following:

  • You may use your common application essay.
  • Your resume has told us about your accomplishments and experience. Please use this space to express a characteristic or attribute that forms part of your identity that is not reflected in your resume that would help us get to know you better.
  • Use this space to write a thank you note to someone that has impacted your life. Please explain what this meant specifically to you and how you feel that will carry forward in your college career.
  • Your Resume

Current MU freshmen interested in the second year of the program can apply (or reapply if you are currently in the program).