Research Opportunities

Michigan State University is a leader in offering research options for academically talented students in every discipline. 

Undergraduate research:

  • Connects leading faculty mentors with undergraduate students
  • Fosters the development of the student's knowledge and academic skills
  • Enables student researchers to consider publishing and presenting their work at regional or national conferences
  • Encourages development of the students' own independent research
  • Provides a competitive edge for students considering graduate school

Research Programs

Research programs, especially for Honors College members, include paid assistantships as well as research and independent study classes for credit.

Professorial Assistantships
Honors Research Seminars
EuroScholars Research Abroad Program
South Africa Scholars: Research and Community Engagement Program 

Research, Independent Study, or Thesis Courses

Research Publications and Presentations

Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR) - an academic journal published by the Honors College
University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum - held each spring with presentation opportunities for students in all areas of study

Research Support

Modest support for research, including independent study and thesis work, is available. 

Honors College Conference Travel Award

Honors College Research Fund

Genevieve Gillette Fellowship
Hymen and Miriam Stein Scholarship

MLK, Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award

Additional Helpful Links

MSU Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities
Venture - a database of research, scholarship and creative opportunities available to MSU undergraduates
MSU IDEAS for freshmen interested in science