How to Find an Undergraduate Research Experience?

What are the Benefits of Doing Research as an Undergraduate?

“Studies indicate that undergraduate researchers develop enhanced analytical skills, improve their oral and written communication abilities (Lopatto, 2007), experience an increase in self-confidence (Russell, Hancock & McCollough, 2007), and can identify a career focus(Seymour, Hunter, Laursen & Deantoni, 2003). In addition, students that have been engaged in research generally have higher graduate rates and report greater satisfaction with their overall undergraduate experiences. The majority of undergraduate researchers would recommend the experience to a friend (Mabrouk & Peters, 2000).

For undergraduate students intending to pursue graduate education in the hard sciences, a research experience can be a critical qualification for admission (Collins, 2001; Keith-Spiegel & Wiederman, 2000). Letters of recommendation from faculty members are also critical for successful applicants (Munoz-Dunbar & Stanton, 1999). Assisting with research can help students to establish positive and productive working relationships with professors.”

These studies are reported by MSU Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research and Creativity Workshops

The undergraduate research office has several workshops planned every fall and spring semester. Including workshops on communication, presentations, how to make a poster board for research, and writing abstracts. Visit the link below for their workshops.

Finding a Summer Research Opportunity
Tuesday, November 6, 5:30 pm, Location: 112 Bessey Hall

There are a variety of summer opportunities available for students.  Programs are hosted by colleges and universities around the United States and the world. They provide an intensive research experience on a particular topic within a scholarly discipline. 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.

Learning about Undergraduate Research

Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm, Location: 304 Bessey Hall

Make research an integral part of your MSU experience! 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.

For more information, contact us via email at or phone at 517-884-4384.

Research Opportunities offered by Colleges

1. College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Research Opportunities

2. College of Arts and Letters

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3. College of Communication Arts and Sciences

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4.College of Education

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5. College of Engineering
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6. College of Music
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7. College of Natural Science

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8. College of Nursing
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9. College of Social Science

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10. Eli Broad College of Business

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11. James Madison College

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12. Lyman Briggs College

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13. Undergraduate

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For more information on undergraduate research, please visit: MSU Undergraduate Research

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