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.
Workshops, Requests & Peer Advising
The Workshop Series is designed to help students reach their goals for research as an undergraduate student. Various session are offered each semester with a range of topics. Sessions are led by Peer Ambassadors or topic area experts from across campus. See the Events page for the current workshop schedule.
- Learning about Undergraduate Research
- Integrity in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
- Discover Your Research Abroad Experience
- Finding a Summer Research Opportunity
- Undergraduate Researchers from Underrepresented Populations
- Troubleshooting Your Undergraduate Research Experience
- Unpacking Your Research Experience
- Strategic Research Communication
- Writing Abstracts
- Preparing Poster Presentations
- Preparing Oral Presentations
- Preparing for Success at UURAF
- Communicating Your Research and Creative Activity Story
We currently offer three workshops that offer a general understanding of what undergraduate research is, how to find an undergraduate experience, and how to talk about your undergraduate research. Below are the three workshops:
- Learning about Undergraduate Research (15min to 45min): Make research an integral part of your Spartan saga! Participants will learn about the opportunities available for involvement in research and creative activities at Michigan State. You can expect a short presentation, discussion, and Q & A facilitated by current undergraduate researchers.
- Finding Summer Research Opportunities (15min to 45min): A variety of summer research opportunities are available. Programs are hosted by colleges and universities around the world. They provide an intensive research experience on a particular topic within a scholarly discipline. For undergraduates with plans for graduate or professional school, summer research provides the opportunity to expand your professional network and acquire experience in an area of interest. In this workshop, you will learn more about summer research, the benefits of participation, and effective search strategies, including how to find and apply for opportunities.
- Success at your Research Forum Presentation (15min to 45 min): Whether you are presenting at UURAF, MidSURE, or a national conference, there are a lot of ways you can prepare for your presentation. This session is led by seasoned UURAF presenters who will help you make the most out of your research forum/conference presentation.
To request a workshop, please complete the workshop request form by clicking here. Please note that we will accept your request depending on our workshop schedule and availability. In order to better honor your request, we kindly ask that your request be made two weeks in advance.
When you submit your request, we will follow up with you to coordinate and confirm the workshop/presentation. If needed, we may ask for more details about your goals for the workshop. Please note, your request has not been accepted until a staff member has contacted you with a confirmation.
Students are required to sign up in advance for a 20-minute consultation with an undergraduate research ambassador via zoom. Peer advising hours for the 2020-2021 academic year will be determined in August. For more information on peer advising, visit our ambassador page.
Search for Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Handshake
Michigan State's career development website, Handshake, helps match undergraduate researchers with faculty members looking for assistance with a project or study. Faculty members can post information about research opportunities on Handshake, including a detailed description of the project, whether the position is paid or unpaid, and how interested students can apply.
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 2019-2020 academic year, the program will be run in partnership with the Integrative Biology department in the College of Natural Science. For students or faculty interested in learning more about how the program, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-884-4384.
Each summer, the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and its research groups offer 10-week internships for up to 12 undergraduate students.
The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action approaches evolution in an innovative way, bringing together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and MSU sponsor the BRUSH Summer Research Program for undergraduate students interested in the biomedical sciences and research-related careers.
These 5 short videos will help your learn how to better explain your research and creative activity to others.
This summer research opportunity at MSU is funded by the National Science Foundation and focuses on "Green Chemistry". It is a 10-week program with a stipend and travel assistance. Applications are accepted from mid-November to mid-March.
This internship and work abroad opportunity allow students and professionals to develop the expanding set of competencies demanded in today’s global economy through sustained immersion in a foreign country.
The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy.
The Ringling is dedicated to sharing its resources and experience with future museum and non-profit organization professionals interested in a career in the museum field.
This collaborative project is building a database of all 350,000 lakes in the continental US that is the basis for studying how lakes respond to changes in climate and land use across broad scales.
Gain hands-on experience in research methods and laboratory techniques with this course.
Michigan - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP) Summer Undergraduate Research Academy (SURA)
This summer program is hosted in collaboration with several other summer programs at MSU and helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all spots are full.
The Office of Survey Research hires research interviewers to conduct computer-assisted interviews for health and public policy studies. Visit their website for more information.
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a Department of Energy facility managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.
The Plant Genomics @ MSU REU Program provides high quality research and training experiences for undergraduates interested in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, bioinformatics, and computational sciences.
Summer research opportunity for MSU undergraduate, graduate, or medical health professional students from under-represented, minority, and disadvantaged groups.. Application deadline is October 15th.
Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.
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.
List of Opportunities through the Association of American Medical Colleges