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Undergraduate Research

The Undergraduate Research Office at Michigan State University is located within the Office of Undergraduate Education. We strive to support the work of faculty and students across campus by collaborating to develop, promote, enhance, and assess undergraduate research and creative activities at MSU.

URCA Mission

The undergraduate research program strives to:

  • increase opportunities for MSU students to engage in scholarship;
  • expand the pool of faculty and partners engaging undergraduate students in their scholarly work; and
  • better understand the impact of this engagement on student learning and retention.

Using a multi-faceted approach, we seek to capitalize on the strengths of faculty and existing programs while offering new opportunities commensurate with the culture and research methodologies of different academic disciplines.

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The annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) provides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. Held each spring in the historic MSU Union, UURAF ("you-raf") brings together an intellectual community of highly-motivated students to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences. UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. MSU undergraduates gain experience in presenting their research, answer questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receive constructive feedback from judges.

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