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Menard Family Business Research Fellows

The Menard Family Business Research Fellows are an elite group of Heider College of Business students focused on the improvement of self and society. Students in this branch of the Heider Fellows Program are encouraged to think critically on issues facing the world we live in, and more importantly, on what we can do to effectively change them.

As a Business Research Fellow, you will receive hands on guidance and mentoring from faculty and upperclassmen, exclusive Macroeconomics and Microeconomics classes specifically tooled for this program, and the opportunity to surround yourself with a like-minded group of driven students. Throughout the program, Menard Family Business Research Fellows are presented myriad opportunities to participate in research groups, reading groups, colloquia, and other events. By senior year, the skills and expertise gained will lead to the completion of an individual research project. Upon graduation, Menard Family Business Research Fellows are uniquely prepared to enter any workplace or graduate program. 

Other Key Elements Include:

  • Stipends for summer or semester travel related to research activities
  • Priority registration for classes (a fan favorite)
  • A Commitment to service through the Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility
  • A tight-knit group of like minded individuals striving for success
  • Designated Ratio Studiorum Program

Round 1: A minimum of 3.8 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale or a minimum ACT test score of 28 or SAT test score of 1300 (Math + Critical Reading).
Submit application by Monday, January 10, 2022 at 11:59 PM (in your local time zone).

Round 2: Complete an interview with a Heider faculty, staff or student through your choice of online or in person. Applicants will also complete an ethics case study challenge. More details will be provided later. Thirty students will be selected and notified in the beginning of March when other scholarship notifications go out.

Students apply to the Heider Fellows Program and are considered for the Dean’s Fellows and Menard Family Business Research Fellows congruently. Applicants are welcome to inform their interviewer of their preference but the program selection committee will make the ultimate decision. Students must only complete one interview and one ethics challenge for all programs and scholarships in the Heider College of Business. The results from the interview and challenge will be used for all considerations.

Waitlist: Students placed on the waitlist may seek admission into the Heider Fellows Program after successful completion of their first semester in the Heider College of Business. Admission requires demonstrated success and alignment with minimum requirements of current Heider Fellows and an interview with the Dean’s Office.

freshman hcb
  • Priority Registration
  • IEI Faculty Academic Advisor
  • Research Fellows RSP Section, featuring guest lecture series
  • Introductory Microeconomics and Macroeconomics – section reserved for Research Fellows 
  • Demonstrate commitment to service through the Dean’s Honor Roll for Social Responsibility for 8 consecutive semesters
  • Complete minimum service of 25 hours/semester
soph hcb
  • Priority Registration
  • IEI Faculty Academic Advisor
  • Participation in policy focused reading group for Research Fellows
  • Opportunity to join research and interest orientated silos 
junior hcb
  • Priority Registration
  • Mentoring & learning plan for research project
  • Priority application for Institute for Economic Inquiry activities
  • Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Reading Group
  • Gail Werner Robertson Research Fellow Program
  • Career Trip to Washington DC
senior hcb
  • Development of research project for University Research Day
  • Senior cocktail reception
  • Senior project capstone course
  • Honors ceremony with honors cord at graduation


Maren Pierce
Associate Director of Outreach
Heider College of Business
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central