Recent News from UR

‘Entrepreneurial Eight’ finalists named in college student startup national tournament; teams from colleges across the country will compete at South By Southwest in March

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Top student entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures at official SXSW event—with prizes and school bragging rights on the line.
Published: January 10 2013

Faculty Mentor of the Year: Call for Nominations

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Michigan State's Undergraduate Research Faculty Mentor of the Year Award is presented annually in recognition of those faculty members who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers. Two awards -- one celebrating faculty mentorship in the sciences and engineering, the other for faculty in the humanities, social sciences, and communication arts -- will be presented in April at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum. Finalists will receive a $1000 honorarium that will be awarded at the beginning of the next fiscal year. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday 8 February 2013 by 11:59 pm.
Published: December 05 2012

2013 UURAF Date Confirmed

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Students planning to present at the 2013 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) can breathe a little easier. The Forum will take place on Friday 12 April 2013 as originally scheduled.

Planned renovations to the MSU Union scheduled for mid April created the possibility that UURAF would need to relocate or else move to an earlier date in the semester. Confirmation of a later start date for construction will make it possible for UURAF to be held in the Union on the original date. "We know students intending to present at UURAF will definitely be able to use the additional two weeks to prepare," says Assistant Director Megan Shannahan. "We're so pleased that a solution was found that allows us to remain in the Union this year."

2013 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the university-wide research fair. Approximately 560 students presented at the 2012 UURAF. For more information, please contact the Undergraduate Research Office by email at ugrsrch@msu.edu or by phone at 517-884-4384.
Published: November 14 2012
Updated: November 29 2012

Science Career Insiders

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Are you a freshman thinking about a science-related career but not sure where to start? Maybe wondering how people actually get to be scientists or work in a science-related area? Many of us have questions like this but no family or friends with experience we could ask. The aim of the SCI program is to help freshman with questions like this get the information and resources needed to explore science career paths and find an opportunity to work at a real research lab here at MSU or nearby. Students who can join a research lab by the end of their sophomore year typically have an important “leg up” in the science world and benefit from the extra mentorship they get from working in a lab.
Published: November 01 2012
Updated: November 06 2012

MSU filmmakers selected as finalists in national film competition to compete for $10,000

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5 October, 2012 – East Lansing, MI: A Michigan State University undergraduate documentary has been selected to compete in the Arclight Cinemas’ Documentary Festival, with a $10,000 grand prize. The film, entitled Thrive with Less, introduces minimal living in an excess-driven culture and will advance to screen at the Los Angeles festival based on public voting online. To vote for Thrive with Less, visit the Arclight Cinemas Facebook page and click on the Thrive with Less trailer found in the social issues category. In addition, a “like” on this YouTube page will count as another vote.
Published: October 08 2012

Venture Website Running

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Venture, the Undergraduate Research Database, is back up and running.  When you type in venture.msu.edu, you will be immediately directed to a log-in page.  Use your MSU net id, and you will be able to access the site. Contact the Undergraduate Research Office with questions at 884-1559.
Published: October 05 2012

Venture Website Down

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The Venture Undergraduate Research database is experiencing technical issues. It will be down through October 7, 2013.  We apologize for the inconvenience. Please check back for updates.
Published: October 04 2012

Two MSU Undergraduate Researchers Win ASM Fellowships

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –9/11/2012--The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has
selected Jessica Hunter and Joshua Smith from Michigan State University as 2012 award recipients of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
Published: September 21 2012

MSU UR on Social Media

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UR at MSU is represented on various social media sites and we want to connect with you! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress. We share a lot of information through these sites, including new opportunities in Venture, workshop reminders, and student spotlights. Be sure to connect with us to stay up to date on all the latest MSU UR news.
Published: September 04 2012

236 Students Present at SURF 2012

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The second annual Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) nearly doubled in size from last year’s inaugural summer research forum. A total of 236 students participated in SURF, including 76 visiting summer students from 58 different institutions. Approximately 219 faculty members from 58 departments in 12 different colleges mentored these students on their projects.
Published: August 02 2012