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Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The MSU Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is specifically designed to provide talented undergraduate students with the opportunity to work as a junior colleague with a faculty scholar/mentor on a research project, where research is broadly defined as the scholarly and creative work associated with an academic discipline.

The program is open to all full-time undergraduate students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • ACT Comp of 24 or higher
  • Overall cumulative and within major GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or
  • Other evidence of research/scholarship potential.

Faculty mentors must provide evidence of an active research/creative productions program (e.g., publications, grants, exhibitions, performances, etc.).  Students may work up to 15 hours per week during the academic year with starting pay at $7.50/hour. The fellowship is renewable for up to 4 years with satisfactory progress.

Since 2005-2006, 994 students have participated in the program, supported primarily with institutional funds and some external grant funding. Preliminary data indicate that over 90% of the UG Fellows have presented their work at local, state, regional, or national professional meetings.  


For more information, interested students should contact their advisor, department chair, dean, or Dr. Michael C. Henson, associate vice president for Research and dean of the Graduate School at 606-783-9080. 

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