KBS Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships (URA)

  • Application Deadline: Rolling–Start Reviewing 1/15/21
  • Company: Kellogg Biological Station
  • Location: Hickory Corners, Michigan

SUMMER 2021 UPDATE: Although things remain uncertain, at this time we are planning for an Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (URA) program at KBS in summer 2021. Please explore information below on Participating Faculty Laboratories and Past Student Blogs. Applications are open now!

KBS offers an Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship (URA) Program featuring research positions with outstanding facultypostdocs and graduate students.

URA positions are part-time (research schedule is dependent on your KBS course schedule), and geared for undergraduate and community college transfer students with little to no previous research experience.

To complement your hands-on research experience, URAs are required to take a course at KBS during the summer (3 credits +). KBS offers several field courses that combine classroom and outdoor research activities for a unique and engaging learning environment. Please note that URAs are responsible for covering their MSU tuition for the course(s) taken.

What are the benefits of a URA at KBS?

  • Join a dynamic group of students and faculty for an authentic field research experience in ecology, evolutionary biology, and sustainability of biofuels
  • Learn the process of research
  • Explore if a career in research is a good choice for you
  • Build references for your application to future programs or graduate schools
  • You participate in professional development seminars that will prepare  you to be successful and think broadly about STEM career options


This program is 10 weeks long and will run from May 30 – Aug 7, 2021 (students are expected to arrive on-site by 5 p.m. Monday, May 31 and depart Saturday, August 7).


URAs average 20+ hours/week on research. Hours are dependent on your KBS course load.  Specific work hours will be arranged with your research mentor.

Course Requirement:

As part of your learning experience you are required to enroll in a summer field course at KBS.  URAs are responsible for paying for the MSU tuition associated with their course(s). Please contact the MSU Office of Financial Aid if you will need summer financial aid.


$3000 stipend + FULL room & board scholarship (which includes Breakfast: M-F, Lunch: M-F, Dinner: M-Th, Brunch: Sat-Sun)

Learning Plan and Professional Development:

All URA students work with their mentor to complete a Learning Plan, attend weekly professional development seminars, and will develop a professional blog post, and/or a professional poster presentation, abstract and “elevator speech” about their KBS research experience.

Posters should also be presented at the annual KBS Summer Undergraduate Symposium and MSU’s University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) during the following spring semester.

***Attendance of Professional Development seminars is required as part of the URA Program.