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Indiana University


The Cox Research Scholars Program provides for hard-working Indiana residents of exemplary achievement who are interested in working under the direction of a faculty mentor on research and scholarly activities.  The Cox Research Scholars Program offers students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and work with IU faculty members. Students selected as Cox Research Scholars earn two separate scholarships, which are both renewable for four years/eight semesters of full-time total cost of attendance as determined by the Office of Student Financial Assistance: 

  1. A scholarship for 75% of the total cost of attendance and
  2. A scholarship for 25% of the total cost of attendance to represent a stipend for successful participation with research work.  That employment might be in support of the program (e.g. peer mentors or IU ambassadors), or in IU support units or academic schools and departments.

Competitive applicants will have a minimum SAT score of 1360 (Critical Reading and Math) or ACT score of 31 and will rank in the top 5% of their graduating class.  They are not expected to have prior research experience, however financial need must be demonstrated by filing or planning to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) by March 10th for the upcoming academic year.


The Cox Research Scholarship is available to students as incoming freshman and, once awarded, is renewable for a total of 4 years (8 semesters) of undergraduate study, not including summer sessions.  If a student chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington), the scholarship is forfeited.  In order to renew their scholarships, Cox Research Scholars must: 

  • Be enrolled full-time (12 or more credit hours) as a degree-seeking student on the Bloomington campus.  Waitlisted courses do not count toward official enrollment.
  • Maintain a cumulative program GPA of 3.0 at IU.
  • Complete successful participation in their assigned research work
  • Remain a student on the Bloomington campus.  If a student chooses to attend another college or university (including an IU campus other than Bloomington), or withdraw from IU, the scholarship is forfeited. 

If a student accepts an IU scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, it takes the place of all other scholarships awarded by Indiana University.  Subsequently, if a student doesn't meet the renewal criteria for the scholarship that covers the full cost of attendance, or decides not to continue with that scholarship program, they cannot ‘reclaim' other scholarships offered at the time of admission.  This scholarship can be combined with the IU National Scholar Program Scholarships.

Cox Research Scholars Selection Timeline - 2015

August 10, 2014

IU admitted students begin receiving Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) if they meet criteria.  Students must indicate Cox Research Scholarship Program (CRSP) and complete additional essays, etc.

December 2014

Faculty committee begins review process of CRSP applicants.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

FAFSA deadline.  Only applicants with financial need (as determined by a review of the FAFSA) can be considered for CRSP.

Monday, March 16

Emails sent to approximately 40 finalists with an invitation to one of two required Interview Visit days.

By Wednesday, March 18

Emails sent to students who are no longer being considered.

Thursday, March 26 & Monday, March 30

Interview Visit days on IU Bloomington campus. (Interview is required.)

By Wednesday, April 1

Emails sent to students selected for CRSP.  All applicants are notified of their status.

April-May 1

Alternates invited as needed to fill the class (as others decline; rolling).

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Deadline to formally accept Cox Research Program Scholarship. (Please note: enrollment deposit is due May 1.)

May 1, 2015

National deadline for all students to indicate university matriculation and pay enrollment deposit.

The Cox Research Scholars Program is the legacy of Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox. We believe it’s important for students to know about their benefactor. You can learn about the Cox scholarships and view a video of Jesse Cox here: http://scholarships.indiana.edu/scholarships/cox/index.php

Frequently Asked Questions about the Cox Research Scholars Program


Why do research?
Student researchers learn in the best way possible:  through direct experience.  Research expands students’ knowledge and nourishes creativity, curiosity, vision, dedication, imagination, and other characteristics that contribute to success in school and in life. 

The Cox Research Scholars Program (CRSP) offers students a unique opportunity to explore their interests and work with IU faculty members.  Beginning freshman year, each Cox Research Scholar (CRS) partners with a faculty mentor to develop a research project or scholarly, creative endeavor that is tailored to his or her interests. 

What if I’m not a science major? Can any academic major work with this award?
Yes!  The students selected for the CRSP may choose any major (or majors) offered at IU.  A student’s research project is often related to his/her major or career goal.  Past scholars have majored in accounting, biology, international studies, journalism, theatre and drama, English and many other subjects.  Students who have not decided on a major can enter the program as exploratory students.

How much time is required to work on a research project?
Students are expected to work an average of 10 hours per week during the academic year.  They will schedule their research time with their faculty mentor. 

How am I paired with a faculty mentor?
The Cox Research Scholars Program works individually with each selected student to find a faculty mentor who best fits their interest area or major.

What if my interests change or I want to work with a different faculty mentor?
Although it is in the best interest of the student and faculty mentor to engage in a long-term project, we recognize that students’ interests do change over time.  In this instance, the Cox Research Scholars Program will help arrange a transition.


What are the renewal criteria for the CRSP? 
The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters (excluding summers).  Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and receive a positive review from their faculty research mentor.  Cox Research Scholars are required to submit monthly research accountability reports as well as a short self-evaluation each semester.

What if I decide that I am no longer interested in research and no longer want to be a part of the CRSP?  Am I allowed to claim the other scholarships IU previously offered to me?
Unfortunately, no.  Those scholarships have already been awarded to other students.  Depending on your class standing, you are eligible to compete for other scholarships that may be available to you.

I have been offered other awards at Indiana University Bloomington.  If I am selected for the CRSP, can I accept all of the awards?
No, the CRSP award supersedes all other IUB awards.  Since the CRSP provides the full official cost of attendance for Indiana Residents, most educational expenses are covered and therefore you are not eligible for money in excess of the cost of attendance. 

What about National Merit and the Valedictorian Award and other IU awards?
National Merit, National Achievement and National Hispanic and Valedictorian awards are allowable in addition to the CRSP award.

Can I accept other awards outside of IU?
You can accept awards independent from IU.

Am I eligible for the numerous Hutton Honors College (HHC) grants?
The HHC has numerous grants to support research projects, traveling to present at a conference, overseas study, research, creative activities, and internships.   Cox Research Scholars are only eligible for HHC grants during the summer when they are not supported by the CRSP.


Can I study abroad?
Absolutely!  Studying abroad is a fantastic way to enhance your undergraduate experience.

How would I fulfill the research component of my award when I am overseas?
You should plan ahead to fulfill your research requirement if you plan to study abroad. This could include but is not limited to: continuing work with your faculty mentor and communicating by Skype and email, arranging to work with a faculty mentor in the location where you will study abroad, fulfill your research obligation during the summer in advance of study abroad, or consider studying abroad for the summer months when the research is not required to maintain your CRSP scholarship.  You can also elect to forgo the CRSP scholarship for that semester and then regain the scholarship upon return to Indiana University Bloomington.  An approved plan to continue your research is necessary to continue receiving the Cox Research Scholarship.

Am I able to get funding for summer classes or summer overseas study?
Since the CRSP does not fund summers, you are able to apply for scholarships or awards that apply during the summer only.