Professorial Assistantship (PA) Program

The PAs in my lab are one of the best at MSU. They are research-savvy, conscientious, responsible, dependable, and highly professional. I have expanded my research partly due to the intellectual and professional help that the PAs have provided.

Evangelyn Alocilja, professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Your Research and the Honors College

The Professorial Assistantship (PA) Program provides undergraduate research experiences for 1st and 2nd year Honors students. PA offers are extended to the top 1% of students nationally.

The Honors College works with departments and colleges across campus to place students. PAs are provided 2 years of funding and are expected to work an average of 8-10 hrs/wk during the academic year under a faculty member’s supervision.

If you are a faculty member interested in providing research opportunities to 1st and 2nd year Honors College students, please complete this form. We will use this information in coordination with the colleges to place students. If a student’s interests align with your research area, we will contact you to coordinate (normally in the summer/fall).

If you have any questions about the Professorial Assistantship Program, please contact Justin Micomonaco, Ph.D., at or 517-355-2326.

A number of Honors College students have been co-authors on our publications, and have contributed to biomedical research that has been supported by the National Institutes of Health.

David Arnosti, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology