Program Overview
The MSU Engineering Undergraduate Research Experience is a 10-week program (typically mid-May through July) that provides undergraduates the opportunity to work as research assistants with guidance from faculty mentors in the MSU College of Engineering. 

The summer program is specifically targeted to undergraduates who are interested in graduate studies in Engineering, and includes weekly professional development activities that help students prepare for graduate school.  Students are expected to work full-time on research during the 10-week program, and are paid $11 per hour (up to $4,400 for the summer).  Students also prepare a poster about their research experience to present at a campus-wide forum at the end of July.

Faculty Commitment
All College of Engineering faculty are eligible to participate as mentors.  Expectations of a faculty mentor include:
  • Regular communication with your student, including discussing the responsible conduct of research in your area/project.  Depending on the nature of your research group, your undergraduate research assistant may also work closely with graduate students or post doctoral researchers.
  • Providing approximately $2,400 in funding for the student; note that the faculty cost may be higher, depending on whether your grant/faculty account is charged for FICA (check with your account manager for more information).  In some departments, this cost is shared between the faculty mentor and the department (check with your department for more information).  The College of Engineering and the MSU Provost's Office provide the remaining $2,000 in funding for each student.
  • Participating in program activities, to the extent possible.  Examples include the faculty-student networking dinner, the summer research forum, and the closing picnic.  A complete calendar will be available by late spring.
How to Participate
Applications to participate in the Summer 2014 EnSURE program will be available in January 2014.  Faculty are encouraged to submit project proposals early, in order to reach the broadest pool of applicants.  However, project proposals will be accepted as long as space remains in the program.  Click here to submit your proposal.

Faculty may submit a maximum of two project proposals, and may submit joint proposals with another faculty member to co-mentor a student.

Faculty who have already identified a specific student whom they prefer to hire for this research assistantship should identify the student on the project proposal form. Every effort will be made to match faculty with their preferred undergraduate, provided that the student applies to the program and meets the eligibility requirements.

Faculty may also submit projects without specifying a student.  In this case, the project will be posted on the program website for student applicants to review, and faculty will be able to choose a research assistant from among the pool of interested applicants.  Student applications will be solicited in February, 2014, and faculty will select their student(s) in early March.

For More Information
Additional information on the summer research program, including student eligibility requirements and expectations, is available using the links at the left.  You may also contact the EnSURE program coordinator, Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry, colbryka@msu.edu or (517) 432-1064.