News Archive for 2012

Nomination Deadline Passes for the 2012 Featherstone Prize

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The nomination deadline for the 2012 Featherstone Prize has passed. Finalists will be notified by 24 February 2012, and finalists’ interviews will be held on Friday 30 March 2012. The award recipient will be notified by 2 April 2012. A luncheon for the nominees and nominators will be held on 25 April 2012, and the Featherstone Prize will be presented to the recipient at the appropriate commencement/ awards ceremony. For further information, contact the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at (517) 353-5380 (e-mail: or the Featherstone Society representative, Dr. Jackie Taylor (
Published: January 10 2012
Updated: February 01 2012

National Science Foundation Day at Michigan State is Monday 6 February 2012

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Monday 6 February 2012 is National Science Foundation (NSF) Day at Michigan State. Undergraduate researchers will want to check out the morning session on graduate fellowship opportunities at the NSF. Registration starts at 9:30 am in the Ballroom at the MSU Union. Visit the event website at to register.
Published: February 01 2012

MSU Undergrad Researcher and Faculty Mentor win American Chemical Society Award

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Professor Robert LaDuca (Lyman Briggs College) and his undergraduate student researcher, Greg Farnum, have won the 2012 American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research. The award recognizes the collaborative research of an outstanding North American undergraduate student and her or his preceptor(s) in the field of inorganic chemistry. Congratulations to Dr. LaDuca and Greg Farnum.
Published: February 10 2012

UURAF Registration Extended

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UURAF REGISTRATION EXTENDED! Registration for the 2012 University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) will close on Sunday, February 19 at 11:59 PM. Any student wishing to present their research or creative project needs to submit their registration on-line by the deadline.  Email or call 517-884-1559 with questions.
Published: February 17 2012

590 Students Registered for UURAF

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Approximately 590 MSU undergraduates registered to participate in UURAF 2012.  The Undergraduate Research Office is reviewing abstracts and will email registered students their presentation times after Spring Break.  Contact the undergradaute research office with questions at or 517-884-1559.
Published: February 23 2012

Poster/Oral Presentation Reviews for UURAF Presenters

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Presenting a poster or doing an oral presentation at UURAF? Want to practice, get feedback, and catch errors before presenting to a room full of people? Participate in one of the events below to have your poster or oral presentation reviewed by graduate students who know the in’s and out’s of conference presentations. Click this news story for the details and how to register.
Published: March 30 2012

560 Students Present at 2012 UURAF

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560 Michigan State students registered to present approximately 400 oral and poster presentations at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, or UURAF. Held in the MSU Union, UURAF provides students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring in the historic MSU Union, UURAF ("you-raf") brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences. UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. MSU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges. A complete list of award recipients is available on the bottom of the 2012 UURAF page:
Published: April 13 2012

2012 UURAF Award Recipients Named

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Congratulations to the 2012 Award Recipients for the 14th Annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). There were 57 awards presented to 81 students at this year's forum.  Congratulations. Visit the UURAF Awards Page for a complete listing.
Published: April 16 2012

Undergraduate Research Ambassador Named to Homecoming Court

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MSU announced the 2012-12 Homecoming Court and Amy Pochodylo, one of our undergraduate research ambassadors and student advisory board members, was appointed to the court.  Students are chosen based on their leadership, community involvement, and academic excellence and will represent MSU at various event throughout the next year. Amy is a chemistry major, member of the Honors College, and a 2011 Goldwater Scholarship recipient.  Congratulations!
Published: May 01 2012

Summer Undergraduate Research Forum

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MSU's Summer Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) provides an opportunity for students involved in research and creative activities at Michigan State to share their work with their peers, faculty, and external audiences. SURF is open to non-MSU students who are currently participating in research on campus. SURF will take place on Tuesday 24 July 2012 in the Engineering Building. Visit the UURAF page for more information.
Published: June 05 2012
Updated: July 13 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

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

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

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

Venture Website Running

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Venture, the Undergraduate Research Database, is back up and running.  When you type in, 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

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

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

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 or by phone at 517-884-4384.
Published: November 14 2012
Updated: November 29 2012

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