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 research programs offered across the academic departments and colleges on campus. Students can find many research programs off campus, too, particularly during the summer. 

Explore all the different research opportunities to see what interests you.

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.

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.


Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

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.

Communicating Science and Research: Why bother?

These 5 short videos will help your learn how to better explain your research and creative activity to others.

Cultural Vistas Program

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.

Fulbright Programs

Pursue undergraduate research and creative scholarship through the Fulbright Program. Study and research in over 160 partner countries. Contact Joy Campbell at to learn more. Post-bac opportunities are also available.

MED 492: Basics and Methods in Biomedical Research

Gain hands-on experience in research methods and laboratory techniques with this course.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Search for a research experience funded by the NSF. REU sites are located throughout the US and the world.

National/International Fellowships and Scholarships

Apply for prestigious national and international awards to fund your education and research! All MSU students are eligible to apply. For more information, contact the Distinguished Student Awards Office at or call 517-884-7650.

Office of Survey Research

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.

Pathways to Science

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).