Undergraduate Research

In the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), undergraduate research allows you to become more actively engaged in your education through intellectual inquiry and practical learning.

Increase your understanding of your field, gain real-world experience and prepare for your future career by working closely with a faculty mentor and graduate students.

Applications for the CANR Undergraduate Research Program (URP) during the spring 2019 semester are closed. Summer semester applications will open in early spring 2019.

''Skill development

Undergraduate research offers you an opportunity to broaden your employment opportunities, strengthen your application to graduate school or explore career interests and options.

Investigation of important issues will strengthen your research, analytical, writing and speaking skills. It could also result in journal article publication or presentation at a professional meeting or conference.

Research projects can be carried out locally or internationally. Find out more by contacting Rhonda Crackel, director of CANR Study Abroad, at crackel@msu.edu.

Funding opportunities

URP participants may be eligible for research grants of up to $2,000 per semester.

The majority of the grant (80 percent) is awarded as a scholarship, hourly wage, conference travel or stipend.

If you usually work during the semester, these funds could permit you to devote quality time to conducting research without having to worry about working another job. You may receive funding from this source for two semesters total.


  • CANR students with a minimum 2.5 GPA. 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.
  • Highly motivated, inquisitive, committed and self-disciplined students with a drive to succeed.
  • All class levels are eligible.Seniors in their last semester of study are welcome to participate but are not eligible for research support grants.
  • An MSU faculty member must agree to be a mentor for your project.

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

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