Undergraduate students work with doctoral candidate Terry Brock on an archeological dig site that featured the structural remains of MSU's first building.


Research opportunities for undergraduates abound, both on and off the MSU campus


If you're looking for research experience, a great place to begin is on VENTURE - Michigan State's database of research opportunities for undergraduates. MSU faculty looking for undergraduates to assist them with their research can post information about their project on Venture. Selected off-campus and summer research projects are also posted on Venture. New projects are constantly being posted on Venture, so be sure to check back often.

By College

Each of Michigan State's undergraduate colleges maintains web resources for undergraduate research, including information about research and funding opportunities. Click on your college's name below to be taken to the appropriate site.

Undergraduate Research Resources By College
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
College of Arts and Letters
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
College of Education
Eli Broad College of Business
College of Engineering
Honors College
James Madison College
Lyman Briggs College
College of Music
College of Natural Science
College of Nursing
 Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH)
 College of Social Science


Summer Research Opportunities

Visit Venture to learn about available Summer Research Opportunities for Summer 2016.

Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers

The REPID program's goal is to increase the number and diversity of researchers in health-related research. This program is funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which provides scholarships to support a short term research experience for MSU undergraduate, graduate or medical health professional students from underrepresented, minority and disadvantaged groups. Students engage in an introductory biomedical research course and a summer hands-on research experience. Application deadline is October 15 of each year. For more information about program details, eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the REPID website.

Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

EnSURE offers undergraduates from MSU and around the country an opportunity to engage in engineering research and work with faculty mentors in one of six Engineering departments: Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering, Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. More information can be found on the EnSURE website.

Summer Research Opportunities Program

MSU's SROP program aims to increase the number of undergraduates who pursue graduate study and careers in teaching and research at colleges and universities. SROP offers professional development workshops, academic seminars, and other opportunities during the summer. For more information about SROP, including eligibility requirements, program details, important dates, and how to apply, visit the SROP website.

EuroScholars Research Abroad Program

The EuroScholars Research Abroad Program provides MSU Honors College students the opportunity to conduct research at a leading European university for a semester to a year. Countries include Belgium, Finland, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Students will enroll in 3-4 courses for the semester including: 1) the research project (topic of student’s choice selected in consultation with faculty at the host university), 2) a methods and literature review course (independent study), 3) a language and culture course, and 4) an elective course (if applicable).The EuroScholars program offers a “flexible curriculum individually built around each student’s academic needs.” This opportunity is exclusively for Honors College members and offers a strong focus on research. The program provider, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad (http://www.globalinksabroad.org), represents the EuroScholars program in North America and will facilitate the application process after the initial review within the Honors College. NOTE: You must be an Honors College student to apply. Visit the MSU Honors College EuroScholars website for more information.

STEM Resources for Undergraduates

The Pathways to Science website has information on scholarships, internships, and research opportunities for undergraduate students studying or interested in Science, Technology Engineering, and Mathematics.

Undergraduate Study Abroad Research Opportunities

The Undergraduate Study Abroad Research Opportunities site has information about participating in research experiences outside of the United States. 

Undergraduate Research Opportunities List Compiled by the University of California, Irvine

Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Post-baccalaureate programs are in place for students who have already completed a bachelor's degree and would like to pursue a career in fields related to medicine. Some students choose to participate in these programs to improve their academic record before applying to medical school while others may be changing careers. Below are a few examples of programs. More information can be found on university websites and other online sources.

Biochemistry Research Trainee Program

Post baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

UC LEADS (Leadership Excellence Through Advanced DegreeS)

Research Programs for High School Students

Below is a list of programs available for high school students at all levels, who would like to participate in research in STEM related fields. Click on the links to find out more information.

College of Education Summer High School Scholars Program

College of Engineering Future Engineers Programs

Future Nurses Club Summer Camp

High School Honors Science, Engineering and Mathematics Program

Math, Science, and Technology Program

MSU Media Summer Camps

Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP)


Project SEED

Physics of Atomic Nuclei (PAN)