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.

Share Your Research

University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)

UURAFprovides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring in the MSU Union, UURAF brings together an intellectual community of highly motivated students to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences. UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. MSU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges



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.

2021-22 CAL-URI application (for CAL faculty; Deadline – September 12, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Office for Undergraduate Research

The MSU Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity (URCA) travel support funds are available for undergraduate students who have been selected to present research/creative activity at a professional conference or workshop. Funds to support travel are available to undergraduate students who have performed research/creative activity in close collaboration with a research mentor or conducted self-directed research and were supervised by a research mentor.

Visit the Office for Undergraduate Research funding page for more info on URCA and other funding opportunities related to undergraduate research.

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

Ada Weintraub Finifter Scholarship for the Study of Romaniote Jews

The Finifter Endowment offers a scholarship of at least $1000 each per year for projects related to study of Romaniote Jews. It is administered by the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel of Michigan State University. Click here for more info or to apply.

Interviews with Faculty and Student Researchers