Research can be found in any field of study at MSU, whether it's in the liberal arts, sciences, engineering, social sciences, or the humanities. There are numerous programs offered across campus through academic departments and colleges. Additionally, there are many programs offered off campus, particularly in the summer, that many MSU students can choose to participate in. If you are interested in pursuing one of these opportunities, we encourage you to learn about the different experiences and programs that are promoted through the resources on this site.

Emerging Scholars Program

The MSU Emerging Scholars program is an undergraduate research opportunity that places incoming first-year students demonstrating high financial need to work as undergraduate research assistants with faculty. The program aims to help students become more deeply engaged in their education through meaningful employment that connects them to faculty, introduces them to an academic discipline, and develops academic, organizational, and social skills useful to college and future work settings. Students in this program will learn about working in a research environment, while also exploring academic success strategies.

Students who complete the program will be better positioned to seek additional experiences that can enhance their undergraduate education, may continue with their current research placement, and will have created a network of peers and resources that they can utilize during their time at MSU.

During the 2018-19 academic year, research projects will be available for students in the Colleges of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Natural Science, and Social Science. For students or faculty interested in learning more about how to apply for the program, contact Lizzy King at or 517-884-1559.

Undergraduate Research Workshops

Workshops designed to help you reach your goals for research as an undergraduate are offered each fall and spring semester. See Events page for the current workshop schedule.

Workshop Topics Include:

  • Learning about Undergraduate Research
  • Integrity in Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
  • Discover Your Research Abroad Experience
  • Finding a Summer Research Opportunity
  • Undergraduate Researchers from Underrepresented Populations
  • Troubleshooting Your Undergraduate Research Experience
  • Unpacking Your Research Experience
  • Strategic Research Communication
  • Writing Abstracts
  • Preparing Poster Presentations
  • Preparing Oral Presentations
  • Preparing for Success at UURAF
  • Communicating Your Research and Creative Activity Story


BEACON: Center for the Study of Evolution in Action

The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action approaches evolution in an innovative way, bringing together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems. 

Biomedical Research for University Students in Health Sciences Summer Research Program (BRUSH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and MSU sponsor the BRUSH Summer Research Program for undergraduate students interested in the biomedical sciences and research-related careers.

Communicating Science and Research: Why bother?

These 5 short videos will help your learn how to better explain your research and creative activity to others.

Cultural Vistas Program

This internship and work abroad opportunity allow students and professionals to develop the expanding set of competencies demanded in today’s global economy through sustained immersion in a foreign country.

Department of Energy Scholars Program (DOE)

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Department of Homeland Security Summer Internships (DHS)

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs sponsors a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related STEM disciplines.

LAke mult-scaled GeOSpatial and temporal Database (LAGOS)

This collaborative project is building a database of all 350,000 lakes in the continental US that is the basis for studying how lakes respond to changes in climate and land use across broad scales.

MED 492: Basics and Methods in Biomedical Research

Gain hands-on experience in research methods and laboratory techniques with this course.

Office of Survey Research

The Office of Survey Research hires research interviewers to conduct computer-assisted interviews for health and public policy studies. Visit their website for more information.

ORISE Fellows through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a Department of Energy facility managed and operated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health Researchers (REPID)

Summer research opportunity for MSU undergraduate, graduate, or medical health professional students from under-represented, minority, and disadvantaged groups.. Application deadline is October 15th.

Smithsonian Opportunities for Research and Study (SORS)

Search the SORS Guide to find an opportunity within one of the Smithsonian units that matches your study and/or research goals.

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The SROP program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. This research program can provide up to full funding for a summer experience.

The Association of American Medical Colleges

List of Opportunities through the Association of American Medical Colleges