by Annie Dubois

Michigan State University undergraduate students will have the opportunity to let their research projects and creativity shine during the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF), taking place Thursday, April 15 to Monday, April 19, 2021, as a virtual event.

This year’s forum will feature over 600 MSU undergraduate students presenting on research projects likethe impact of urban agriculture on well-being, an analysis of star formation, and the role of familiar music on informal learning.

The annual forum, co-sponsored by the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Honors College, showcases the ways that MSU students are involved in the impressive research portfolio of the university. UURAF provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring researchers. MSU undergraduate students gain experience in presenting their research through oral presentations or posters, answer questions about their work from peers, faculty, staff, and the public, and receive constructive feedback from judges. 

“Engaging in research experiences gives MSU undergraduate students a competitive edge. They are learning how to problem solve while working with world-class researchers,” said Korine Wawrzynski, assistant dean and director for Undergraduate Research at MSU. “These experiences equip students with problem-solving skills and expertise that will translate to a variety of careers once they leave MSU.” 

Monetary prizes are awarded to recognize exemplary oral and poster presentations. One first-place award ($100) will be given in each section. First-place award recipients are eligible to submit their work for the two UURAF Grand Prizes ($500 each), which will be awarded to one presentation from the science and engineering categories and one presentation from the humanities, social sciences and communication arts and sciences categories. This year, there will be a new award, the Spartan's Choice Award, which will be decided on through an audience vote during the event. The award winners will be announced on April 23rd through UURAF’s social media channels. 

For more information about the 2021 forum, visit