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Undergraduate Research Funding

Up to five $1,000 awards are funded each Fall and Spring semester. Three $3000 awards are granted for Summer semester. Funds from these awards are generally to be used for student stipends; exceptions should be explained and justified. Awards will be released when the mentor informs the LBC Office of Student Affairs that the student has initiated their project. Student awardees and their mentors are required to file a brief assessment report as a follow-up to their projects.

Each award requires a sponsoring department or faculty mentor to contribute $200/semester (Fall and Spring) or $400 (Summer), either from a research grant or from a general funds account. The rest of the award will be provided from LBC funds.

Any student in Lyman Briggs College can apply. Awards will be selected on the basis of both merit and financial need.

NOTE: Disbursement of funds: Award money will be directly deposited into students' MSU accounts. Note: students who are currently receiving financial aid are responsible for checking with the Office of Financial Aid to be sure that this additional award money will not affect their overall financial aid packets.

Criteria for Selection
The committee will consider the following characteristics when selecting the recipients of the LBC Undergraduate Research Support Program: quality of the research proposal, relevance to proposed career field or graduate education, financial need, and grade point average. Priority will be given to applicants working with LBC faculty, although others are encouraged to apply. Preference will also be given to undergraduates who have not previously received funding or pay for performing research in an MSU lab. Candidates should briefly address these criteria in their proposals.

Time Commitment
While you would not need to enroll for research credit, you would be expected to engage in a research project for approximately 8 to 10 hours per week during the academic year (fall and spring semester) and at least 20 hours per week during the summer.

Required Presentation of Work
Students who receive funds are expected to present their results at a local research forum, such as the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum held in early April, the LBC Spring Research Symposium, a similar departmental program, or at a regional or national meeting. This presentation should be within two semesters after receiving support. If you receive support for more than one semester during any academic year, you would be required to give only one presentation for that year if the support is for the same research project.

To apply, you must be enrolled as a full-time student in Lyman Briggs College, except during the summer. Students eligible for summer support must have been enrolled as a full-time student during the prior spring semester and not have graduated. These awards do not require that the faculty mentor(s) be LBC faculty.

Deadlines and Award Timing
Applications for these awards will be accepted until the 10th business day (only non-holiday weekdays) of the fall and spring semesters and awards will be made by the fourth week of the semester. For the summer, applications are due April 1st and awards will be made before the start of summer semester.

How to Apply for these Awards
Complete the appropriate Undergraduate Research Support Application(s) and print out a copy of the completed form. Obtain the signatures indicated on the form.

Download the APPLICATION (Word format) or (PDF format).

  1. : In addition to filling out the following application, please write a 1-2 page description of your research project and proposed use of the funds. Include a description (in your own words) of the specific research goals (i.e., expected outcomes of the research) and professional development goals (i.e., how this experience will contribute to your career aspirations) for the project. While not required, mention any previous research experience and address financial need (if applicable).

  2. Obtain a letter of support from your research mentor. This letter should also address financial need (if applicable).

  3. Submit the completed application, 1-2 page description, and letter of support in person or by mail to:
    Lyman Briggs College
    Office of Academic Affairs
    35 East Holmes Hall
    919 East Shaw Lane
    East Lansing, MI 48825-1107