How to Apply

Current applications for Undergraduate Research Program (URP) funding are accepted through October 15, 2018, for the spring 2019 semester.

These funds are for students whose primary major is in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) only. Secondary majors, minors and coordinate majors are not eligible for this program.

Students may receive funds from this source for two semesters only.

Rough application dates

  • Mid-September through October for spring semester
  • The month of February for summer semester
  • The month of February for fall semester

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Eligibility

  • CANR students with a minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Highly motivated, inquisitive, committed and self-disciplined students with a drive to succeed.
  • All class levels are eligible
  • An MSU faculty member must agree to be a mentor for your project

NOTES: These funds are for students whose primary major is in the College of Agriculture and Natural resources only. Secondary majors, minors and coordinate majors are not eligible for this program.

Seniors in their last semester of study are welcome to participate but are not eligible for research support grants.

Finding a faculty research mentor

CANR students may work with any faculty member at MSU. Find a faculty mentor by:

  • Contacting a faculty member directly to ask about current research or to discuss working with you on a research idea that interests you.
  • Ask your academic advisor if she or he knows of faculty who might be looking for student assistants for their projects.

Apply for funding

After securing a CANR faculty mentor and research project, fill out and submit the undergraduate research student application.

Review the evaluation rubric on the Hints for Applicants page to see how the CANR URP Selection Committee will score your application.

When filling out the application, you will be asked to provide information about your faculty research mentor. When your application is submitted, an automated email will be sent your research mentor to upload a letter of recommendation for you.

You are encouraged to let your research mentor know in advance that they will be asked to provide a letter of recommendation as part of your application packet.

Contact Dr. Kelly Millenbah at millenba@msu.edu if you have any questions.

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