Many opportunities are available for students to participate in undergraduate research. See a video of current student researchers, and learn about efforts to increase this number.
Michigan State University offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to be involved in real research and creative projects from a very early time in their academic career. Some Honors College students serve as professorial assistants, working directly with faculty to assist them on the faculty members' research projects. Other students may work with graduate students, as lab assistants, or on other research efforts. Some choose to conduct their own research projects. Many undergraduate students, no matter how they are involved in research, choose to exhibit their findings during the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum held each spring. This year's event will take place on Friday, April 10 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the MSU Union. It is open to the public.
Investing in undergraduate research programming is an important initiative in the Empower Extraordinary campaign for MSU. We seek support for these programs so that more undergraduate students are able to participate in research and receive the educational and professional benefits of having these experiences. Additional support also removes some of the students' financial burdens so that they can conduct research. Many students have to work part-time jobs in order to help pay for their education. This work time cuts into the time they have available to work on research or creative projects. Scholarship support can help remove this barrier, allowing more students to participate in programs than otherwise might consider it. If you are interested in supporting undergraduate research, please explore the "Support Undergraduate Students" tab of this site or contact our office for more information.
Below is a video, produced by the Undergraduate Research Office (part of the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education), that discusses the various opportunities for undergraduate research and introduces some of the students currently involved in these efforts. Enjoy!