Research can be found in any field of study at MSU, whether it's in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, social sciences, or the humanities. There are numerous programs offered across campus through academic departments and colleges. Additionally, there are many programs offered off campus, particularly in the summer, that many MSU students can choose to participate in. If you are interested in pursuing one of these opportunities, we encourage you to learn about the different experiences and programs that are promoted through the resources on this site.

Emerging Scholars Program

The MSU Emerging Scholars program is an undergraduate research opportunity that places incoming first-year students demonstrating high financial need to work as undergraduate research assistants with faculty. The program aims to help students become more deeply engaged in their education through meaningful employment that connects them to faculty, introduces them to an academic discipline, and develops academic, organizational, and social skills useful to college and future work settings. Students in this program will learn about working in a research environment, while also exploring academic success strategies.

Students who complete the program will be better positioned to seek additional experiences that can enhance their undergraduate education, may continue with their current research placement, and will have created a network of peers and resources that they can utilize during their time at MSU.

During the 2017-18 academic year, research projects will be available for students planning to major in the College of Social Science, specifically those with interests in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Click here for a list of project descriptions.

For students interested in learning more about how to apply for the program, contact Lizzy King at or 517-884-1559.

For faculty interested in becoming a research mentor in the program, contact Dr. Korine Wawrzynski, or 517-355-7635.


Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS)

Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The SROP program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. This research program can provide up to full funding for a summer experience.