Undergraduate research offers unique opportunities for faculty-student collaboration while allowing students to experience learning in exciting new ways. Hands-on research makes students better learners and critical thinkers while also applying new knowledge to their studies and beyond.



Since its inception, the College of Arts & Letters -- Undergraduate Research Initiative (CAL-URI) has provided financial support for more than 100 undergraduate researchers. Most often, undergraduates are invited by Arts & Letters faculty to participate in the faculty member's research or creative endeavor, although, on occasion, students approach faculty with their own research plans. CAL-URI also provides workshop support for students who plan to present their research at the annual MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) or College of Arts & Letters Research & Creative Arts Symposium.

2018-19 CAL-URI Application (For CAL faculty)

For more information on funding, workshops, and other opportunities, visit the MSU Office for Undergraduate Research website.


Interviews with Faculty and Student Researchers:

Overview of CAL-URI: Interview with Associate Dean Janet Swenson
CAL-URI Faculty Mentor Kyle Powys Whyte & Undergraduate Researcher Andrew Wildbill
CAL-URI Faculty Mentor Bump Halbritter & Undergraduate Researcher Ben Froese

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