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Undergraduate Study Abroad Research Opportunities

University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

The Office of Study Abroad encourages students to consider presenting at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF). This event provides undergraduates with an opportunity to share their work with faculty, peers, and external audiences while gaining experience in presenting their research, answering questions about their work from audience members and guests, and receiving constructive feedback from judges. For more information contact Dr. Korine Steinke Wawrzynski, the Director for Undergraduate Research in the Provost's Office at steinke7@msu.edu. The Office of Study Abroad is committed to helping support students to present on their study abroad research at conferences and will accordingly, consider requests for cost-sharing with other MSU units. Students are highly encouraged to apply for these funds.

The Forum Undergraduate Research Award

The Forum Undergraduate Research Award is an honor that showcases the most rigorous and significant undergraduate research that occurs as part of education abroad programs. It is a national competition that recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. Nominated projects encompass a wide variety of fields, demonstrating that international learning informs many academic fields. Please contact Dr. Jim Lucas in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at lucasjam@msu.edu for more information.

The Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (APUE) and the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) Undergraduate Research Study Abroad Program Scholarship

The APUE and OSA Research Study Abroad Program Scholarship provides financial support for undergraduate MSU students to participate in approved accredited study abroad programs that have an undergraduate research component. Applicants must be MSU undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher at the time of application and have applied for a research study abroad program, defined as including scholarly, creative, and artistic activities that lead to new knowledge, improve problem solving capabilities, offer original or historical theory and interpretation, and/or produce art or creative performances. Financial need is not a factor in awarding this scholarship. Scholarships of $500 will be awarded twice a year with the application cycle taking place in October for spring semester programs and in February for programs taking place in summer, fall or academic year. For more information visit the scholarship page and follow the Undergraduate Research Study Abroad Scholarship link to find the application form.

Research Opportunities on MSU Study Abroad Programs

Working with Dr. Korine Wawrzynski, Director for Undergraduate Research in the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and the deans' designees for study abroad, we have reviewed our study abroad program catalog, applying the university-wide definition of undergraduate research, to identify the following programs.

MSU defines undergraduate research in the following way:

Broadly defined, undergraduate research includes scholarly, creative, and artistic activities that lead to new knowledge, improve problem solving capabilities, offer original or historical theory and interpretation, and/or produce art or creative performances. A collaborative effort between students and their research mentors, undergraduate research and creative activities are interactive, discovery-based experiences that teach and engage students about the numerous components involved in the research and creative process. Research and creative opportunities occur in and outside of the formal curriculum.

Students' individual abilities, time commitment, and length of involvement will affect their productivity as undergraduate researchers. Undergraduate students may not engage in a research or creative opportunity long enough to make an original contribution to a discipline. However, if students learn and work on essential components of the research or creative process (e.g., review literature and identify knowledge gaps, design hypotheses and experiments, collect and analyze data), we posit that they begin to more deeply engage in an academic discipline by learning about research or creative methods, practicing advanced critical thinking, and participating in key steps of the research and/or creative continuum.

To request review of a program for potential inclusion on this list, please contact Dr. Inge Steglitz at steglitz@msu.edu.

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