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

Creative Arts & Research Forum

This event provides students in the College of Arts & Letters the opportunity to showcase their unique areas of research within the creative arts and humanities, develop skills in assembling professional level presentations, as well as practice informal public speaking for presentations. A select number of prizes/monetary awards will be presented to student winners.

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.

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

Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity Conference Travel Support

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.

2019-20 URCA TRAVEL SUPPORT APPLICATION (For CAL undergraduates)

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

Interviews with Faculty and Student Researchers