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Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is a crucial component of many students' experiences here at Briggs. Many students carry out research in departments or labs all across campus. Others find opportunities right here in LBC.   

Finding Research Opportunities

Opportunities at MSU

  • Talk to a professor or academic advisor about your interest first
  • Visit the Venture database of research, scholarship, and creative opportunities for MSU undergraduate students
  • Make use of helpful resources and workshops from the Undergraduate Research Office to prepare for presentations.  
  • Work with a Briggs professor on faculty-led research
  • Participate in the Briggs Research Symposium: a yearly event to present your work to the college community. Students and faculty share the results of projects from independent research, honors options, or classroom projects
  • Work with a professor on a Briggs Research Option 
  • Present at University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) which provides MSU undergraduates an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creativity each spring in the MSU Union. Almost 1,000 students participated last year
  • Present at the summer Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE), which features poster presentations by MSU undergraduate researchers, visiting students participating in MSU summer research programs, and students from select institutions
  • Submit to Red Cedar Undergraduate Research (ReCUR) which is a publication that highlights the diversity and quality of our students' research and creative endeavors

Opportunities Outside MSU


Finding Funding

LBC Funding

LBC directly supports undergraduate research with about $15,000 in annual grants. Most of that money directly funds research itself. A smaller portion supports travel in support of research, including dissemination of results. Any Lyman Briggs student is eligible to apply.

Other sources of funding

The MSU Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity also has a list of funding sources.