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Our students conduct research and present their findings during the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF).

Undergraduate Research

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Why Participate in Undergraduate Research?

Have you ever imagined yourself being involved in the creation of new knowledge or the discovery of new ways of understanding? It’s pretty exciting.

An Opportunity to Conduct and Present Research

Engaging in research is an opportunity to become more actively involved in your education through intellectual inquiry and experiential learning. It is a chance to explore your chosen field as well as other fields of interest, and an opportunity to develop the skills employers want (for example, teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication).

Undergraduate researchers always have a research mentor, which could be a faculty member or a graduate student. In many cases, they are part of a faculty-led research team that includes graduate students and may include other undergrads. Some students are able to contribute to a journal article or conference presentation in which research findings are disseminated at a professional meeting.

Students may participate in research projects for course credit, as volunteers, or as paid research assistants. Sometimes faculty ask students to volunteer for a semester before considering them for a paid position.

Opportunities within the College of Education

The College of Education offers several types of research experiences for undergraduates.

Opportunities outside the College of Education

Funding an Undergraduate Research Experience

If you are unable to find a paid research position, the Office of Undergraduate Research has some suggestions for funding your work:

  • Ask your faculty research mentor for ideas about professional organizations or agencies related to your work. Sometimes these organizations offer scholarships and grants to undergraduate students.
  • Be prepared to “cobble” together your funding—you may not find one source that will provide all of your funding. However, you might find units at MSU and/or small grants that would pay for a portion of your expenses. Prepare a spreadsheet that outlines your anticipated expenses.
  • The MSU Library Grant Site is a database with funding opportunities for individuals, such as financial aid or scholarships for students.
  • Your research mentor and/or your college research contact may also be able to share resources for travel support if you are presenting your work at a conference.
Research Abroad
You can combine an education abroad experience with a research experience to create a Research Abroad experience! The Office of Education Abroad offers a number of approved programs for research abroad. Even better, the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and the Office of Education Abroad offer scholarships to undergraduate students who wish to participate in an approved education abroad program that includes an undergraduate research component. Learn more!
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Susan Dalebout
Assistant Dean
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620 Farm Lane, 134 Erickson Hall
sdd@msu.edu
Phone: (517) 353-5054