Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Summer Workshop

Mission Statement

UGROW affords opportunities for collaborative research between undergraduates and faculty in an interdisciplinary research environment.

MSU Definition of Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is an inquiry or investigation conducted by one or more undergraduate students, with faculty guidance, that attempts to make an intellectual, creative, or applied contribution to one or more disciplines. Adopted in April 2013.


UGROW was conceived by faculty in the College of Science and Mathematics in 2004 as an initiative to create an interdisciplinary environment to train and nurture young scientists.  The first UGROW was in 2005 and since then, it has offered research opportunities to 107 undergraduates.  For five weeks UGROW students experience the authenticity of scientific research in faculty’s laboratories, in a highly interdisciplinary environment. UGROW students work on projects of their choice for five weeks and present their findings at the end of program and the MSU Undergraduate Research Forum.

UGROW also promotes conditions in which students and faculty, who would like to cross disciplinary boundaries, can advance knowledge and at the same time enrich their learning/research/scholarship endeavors.  In 2012, research experiences were expanded to fine arts and health science students and faculty.


  • To create high-quality research experiences for undergraduates in the College of Science and Mathematics
  • To provide an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment for undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activities
  • To create a pool of talented undergraduates interested in pursuing advanced careers in science, engineering and science education
  • To expand undergraduate research beyond the College of Science and Mathematics
  • To enhance recruitment of talented students into MSU undergraduate and graduate programs

ScholarBridge: A Resource for Student-faculty Mentor Matching

UGROW is a proud member of the ScholarBridge community. ScholarBridge is a new tool to promote student and faculty involvement in academic research. ScholarBridge is an online database where professors can post their availability to mentor students. Student members can search the listings of professors and opportunities - at any point in their academic career - to find the right mentor and research focus that they are most interested in actively pursuing. Start now by visiting ScholarBridge.