Undergraduate Research Support

Any Lyman Briggs student is eligible to apply for funding from the college. You will need an LBC faculty sponsor who will write a letter of support and serve as your research mentor during the term of the grant.

Applications are generally made in the semester before the research is carried out, e.g. in fall, applications are accepted for work to be completed in the spring. In the spring, applications open for work to the carried out in the following summer and fall. 

Funding Options at LBC

There are three funds available for LBC students wishing to conduct research or travel to present research.

 

Jane Elliott Research Fund 

The Jane Elliott Research Fund provides $2,500 a year to help fund a faculty-led undergraduate research opportunity for a student each year. Preference is given to chemistry students. Students must submit a short essay describing how their work will contribute to the advancement of women in STEM. 

Application procedure:

  1. Fill out the Undergraduate Research Support application form
  2. At the end of the form, upload a 1-2 page description of your research project addressing selection criteria below.
  3. If you are applying for the Jane Elliott Research fund, input a 300-word essay on how your project will contribute to the work of women in STEM.
  4. Provide a brief description of the proposed use of funds (typically used for stipend only; other uses should be explained).
  5. Request that your proposed faculty mentor submit a letter of support: have them contact the Director of Experiential Learning, Dr. Isaac Record, via email at irecord@msu.edu.

Selection Criteria

Candidates should briefly address these criteria in their proposals.

  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Relevance to the student's proposed career field or graduate education
  • Financial need
  • Academic performance
  • Preference will be given to undergraduates who have not previously received funding or pay for performing research

 

Lyman Briggs College Undergraduate Research Support 

Lyman Briggs College provides funding to support undergraduate research activities. These awards provide different levels of funding for students to work with an LBC faculty mentor during the academic year or the summer. 

Details 

LBC funds up to five $1800 awards for Fall and Spring, each with an expected time commitment of about 10 hours/week for the duration of the 15 week semester. In Summer, LBC awards a total of $5780, which may take the form of one full-time award with a time commitment of 40 hours/week, or a combination of half-time (20 hours/week) or quarter-time (10 hours/week) awards up to the $5780 total.

Funds from these awards are primarily to be used for student stipends; exceptions should be explained and justified. Awards will be released when the mentor informs the Director of Experiential Learning that the student has initiated their project. Student awardees and their mentors are required to file a brief assessment report as a follow-up to their project.  

Eligibility 

Any student in Lyman Briggs College may apply. The mentor must be an LBC faculty member. The student must be enrolled as a full-time student in LBC during the semester of the award, except during summer. To be eligible for summer funding, the applicant must have been enrolled as a full-time student during the preceding spring semester and not have graduated. 

Application procedure:

  1. Fill out the Undergraduate Research Support application form
  2. At the end of the form, upload a 1-2 page description of your research project addressing selection criteria below.
  3. Provide a brief description of the proposed use of funds (typically used for stipend only; other uses should be explained).
  4. Request that your proposed faculty mentor submit a letter of support: have them contact the Director of Experiential Learning, Dr. Isaac Record, via email at irecord@msu.edu.

Selection Criteria

Candidates should briefly address these criteria in their proposals.

  • Quality of the research proposal
  • Relevance to the student's proposed career field or graduate education
  • Financial need
  • Academic performance
  • Preference will be given to undergraduates who have not previously received funding or pay for performing research

Required presentation of work 

Students who receive funds are expected to present their results at a local research forum, such as UURAF (early April), the LBC Symposium, or similar departmental program; or at a regional or national meeting. This presentation should take place within two semesters after receiving support. Only one presentation is required in a year when you receive multiple awards for the same research project. 

 

LBC Research Travel Award 

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

Application (PDF)

 

Past winners of undergraduate research support

Past winners may be found on the awards and distinctions page.

 

Questions

Please direct inquiries to the LBC Director of Experiential Learning, Dr. Isaac Record, at irecord@msu.edu.