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 & Peer Advising
The Workshop Series is designed to help students reach their goals for research as an undergraduate student. Various sessions 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
Request a Workshop for Your Class or Club Meeting
We currently offer three workshops for presentation during a class or club meeting. Each workshop can be tailored to meet the needs of your group and can last between 15 to 45 minutes. Below are descriptions of the three workshops.
- Learning about Undergraduate Research: 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: 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: Whether you are presenting at UURAF, Mid-SURE, or a national conference, there are a lot of ways you can prepare for your presentation. This session is led by seasoned UURAF/Mid-SURE 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.
Did you know Undergraduate Research experiences are #44 on the Spartan Bucket List? The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts peer advising drop-in hours throughout the semester. Interested students can connect 1:1 with a peer Undergraduate Research Ambassador to learn more about engaging in undergraduate research at MSU.
Students are required to sign up 48 hours in advance for a 30-minute consultation with an undergraduate research ambassador. The zoom link will be provided after you sign up.
- Mondays 4:00pm - 7:00pm EST
- Thursdays 12:00pm - 4:00pm EST
You may sign up here.
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.
The program is currently run in partnership with the Integrative Biology department in the College of Natural Science. For students or faculty interested in learning more about the program, contact Eila Roberts at 517-353-2269 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR)
The Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR) is an annual publication of the Michigan State University Honors College that highlights the diversity and quality of our students’ research and creative endeavors. In addition to providing students* an outlet for publication of their work, ReCUR offers students an opportunity to learn about publication in a scholarly journal from multiple viewpoints: as a submitter, a peer reviewer, or member of the Student Editorial Board or Editorial Staff. ReCUR also provides faculty, students, and alumni a forum for reflection and assessment of emerging areas of scholarly activity.
Visit the Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR) to learn more about the types of projects MSU undergraduate students have had the opportunity to participate in. This journal is also a great opportunity to learn more about MSU faculty and their research projects with 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.
Take your first step toward entrepreneurship and innovation with help from the Burgess Institute. Students from all areas of study are invited to explore their programs, courses, and resources.
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.
Pursue undergraduate research and creative scholarship through the Fulbright Program. Study and research in over 160 partner countries. Contact Joy Campbell at email@example.com to learn more. Post-bac opportunities are also available.
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.
Apply for prestigious national and international awards to fund your education and research! All MSU students are eligible to apply. Deadlines and requirements vary. For more information, contact the NIFS Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-884-7650.
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.
Pathways to Science lists research and funding opportunities for all levels of students with an interest in STEM fields from K-12 through graduate school (including programs for post-baccalaureates and post-doctoral fellows).
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.
Each summer, the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy and its research groups offer 10-week internships for up to 12 undergraduate students.
Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.
List of Opportunities through the Association of American Medical Colleges