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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research at MSU

Undergraduate Research Office at MSU

The Undergraduate Research Office strives to increase opportunities for MSU students to engage in scholarship, expand the pool of faculty and partners engaging undergraduate students in their scholarly work, and better understand the impact of this engagement on student learning and retention.


Venture is a database of research, scholarship, and creative opportunities for MSU undergraduate students. Venture connects students to these opportunities and provides an avenue for student engagement in original investigation, experimentation, and creativity across many fields of study.

Additional Resources

Undergraduate Research Outside MSU

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates
NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program
DOE Science Undergraduate Lab Internships
NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program
American Physiological Society—Undergraduates
American Mathematical Society—Research Experience for Undergraduates
American Chemical Society—Undergraduate Students
American Physical Society—Undergraduate Students
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology—Undergraduate

Obtaining Undergraduate Research Support

Undergraduate Research Funding

Lyman Briggs College helps students by providing funding to support undergraduate research activities. Awards provide different levels of funding for students to work on research teams with LBC faculty mentors. All LBC students are encouraged to apply for these awards.

LBC Undergraduate Research Award Winners

List of past winners of LBC Undergraduate Research Funding

Clark Fund for Science Communication

This scholarship fund supports activities that promote effective communication of scientific information to the general public. All LBC students are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Importance of Undergraduate Research

Results of the 2008 Undergraduate Research Survey

The survey was administered in April 2008 to MSU students who participated in undergraduate research projects during fall 2007 and/or spring 2008. A second round of the survey was administered in mid-July 2008 to MSU students who participated in a summer undergraduate research experience at MSU. All participants were students who received undergraduate research support from their colleges through funding provided by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies.


Publishing & Presenting Research

Travel Support for LBC Students for Conference Participation

Applications for student travel grants (up to $250.00) are now available to LBC students who are presenting their research at a professional conference.

LBC Research Symposium

The LBC Research Symposium is a yearly college wide event where students and faculty have the opportunity to present their work to the College community.Through poster and oral presentations, students and faculty share the results of research projects from independent research, honors option projects, or classroom projects.

University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)

Provides MSU undergraduate 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. Over 600 students from 14 of MSU's colleges and 285 faculty mentors participated in last year's Forum.

Red Cedar Undergraduate Research (ReCUR)

ReCUR is a bi-annual publication of the Michigan State University Honors College that highlights the diversity and quality of our students' research and creative endeavors. Submissions are encouraged from all departments and colleges across campus.

Sigma Xi - The Scientific Research Society

Sigma Xi provides resources and programs that address the needs of students and student members.

The Journal of Young Investigators

JYI's web journal (which is also called JYI) is dedicated to the presentation of undergraduate research in science, mathematics, and engineering. It publishes the best submissions from undergraduates, with an emphasis on both the quality of research and the manner in which it is communicated. The journal, JYI, also allows students to experience the other side of the scientific publication process: the review process. Students working with their faculty advisors review the work of their peers and determine whether that work is acceptable for publication in JYI.

Travel Support for Students to Present Research Off-Campus