Over 750 MSU undergraduate students will present their research at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the MSU Union.

Ranging from agriculture and animal science to business to humanities and performing arts, over 750 MSU undergraduate students, from 14 colleges, presented their research at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the MSU Union.

Over 530 MSU undergraduate student research projects were presented on a wide variety of topics including: the impact of social media; the difference between male and female brains; investigating the contradiction between autism and vaccines; the effects of room acoustics on singers with different levels of vocal training; and using technology to fight poverty, just to name a few.

A recent study by Business Leaders for Michigan stated that “higher education is one of the state’s most critical assets for moving Michigan forward.” The report outlines how higher education can help Michigan become a top ten state for jobs, incomes and a healthy economy. One of the key findings of the study states, “As centers of discovery, institutions of higher education play an essential role in fueling entrepreneurship and innovation, which is a critical engine of Michigan’s economy.  Discoveries from university research create businesses and jobs across the state.  Michigan’s major research universities are leaders in innovation, ranking second among eight major university research clusters for their combined output in research spending, commercialization of research activity, and production of technical talent.”

The annual UURAF, co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Honors College, provides MSU undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity with faculty, peers and external audiences.  Students can choose how they present their work, in the form of a poster, oral presentation or performance. 

Monetary prizes are awarded to recognize exemplary achievement.  One first-place award ($100) will be given in each section.  First-place award recipients are eligible to submit their work for the grand-prize awards.  Two grand prizes ($500 each) will be awarded to one program from the science and engineering categories and one program from the humanities, social sciences and communication arts and sciences categories.

For more information about the 2015 forum, visit the UURAF website.  To view photos from the event, visit:  

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