Research Opportunities

1. The first Undergraduate Research workshop of the semester is tonight! Please encourage students who are interested in getting started in undergraduate research to attend. There will be two more introductory workshops in February and March as well.

Below you’ll find more information about our upcoming presentations, including next week’s session for experienced researchers, which is focused on helping students unpack their research skills. For a full list of our workshops for the semester visit our website ( or see the attached document.

Learning about Undergraduate Research
Wednesday, January 18 6:00-7:00 PM: 316 Bessey Hall

Make research an integral part of your Spartan saga! Come learn about the opportunities available for involvement in research and creative activities at Michigan State. You can expect a short presentation, discussion, and Q & A facilitated by current undergraduate researchers.

Unpacking Your Research Experience
Monday, January 23 5:30-6:30 PM: 312 Bessey Hall

Have you thought about how the skills you are gaining through your undergraduate research experience will assist you in the future? Come learn about strategies for communicating your skills and abilities to others, such as graduate schools and future employers. This workshop will include information about creating an elevator pitch related to your research and an opportunity for you to critically reflect on the skills you have built by being involved in undergraduate research.

 Finding a Summer Research Opportunity
Tuesday, January 24 7:15 – 8:15 PM: 312 Bessey Hall

There are a variety of summer opportunities available for students. Programs are hosted by colleges and universities around the United States and they provide an intensive research experience on a particular topic within a scholarly discipline. Participants generally work with an advisor on a research project over the duration of their respective programs (usually 10 to 12 weeks). Many host universities cover all expenses (including travel, accommodations, and food) and provide a stipend. For undergraduates with plans for graduate or professional school after MSU, summer research provides the opportunity to expand your professional network and acquire experience in an area of interest. In this workshop, you will learn more about summer research, the benefits of participation, and effective search strategies, including how to find and apply for opportunities.