Ranging from agriculture and animal science to biochemistry to humanities and performing arts, 882 MSU undergraduate students, from 14 colleges, presented their research at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the MSU Union.
Over 677 MSU undergraduate student research projects were presented on a wide variety of topics including: the impact of Facebook on college student’s self-esteem; how neighborhood environments contribute to childhood obesity; relationship between intestinal health and bone health in Type-1 diabetes; impact of start-up businesses on diversifying industrial bases; and water use impact on crop yields, just to name a few.
According to the University Research Corridor (URC) 9th Annual Economic Impact and Benchmark Report, Michigan’s URC – an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – contributed $17.5 billion to Michigan’s economy in 2015, an increase of $700 million over the previous year. For every dollar the state invested in the three URC universities, Michigan saw $22 in economic benefits.
The URC retained its second-place standing in the Innovation Power Ranking among the nation’s most respected innovation clusters for the third year in a row. The URC’s $2.104 billion in research and development expenditures in 2014 marks an increase of more than 50 percent since 2007, when the URC first began benchmarking against the other innovation clusters. The rate of increase far surpassed the average for other university clusters as well as the average for all U.S. institutions, according to the report.
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 or oral presentation.
Monetary prizes are awarded to recognize exemplary achievement. One first-place award ($100) was 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.