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Please visit us there to apply for the Summer 2015 EnSURE program!

The Michigan State University College of Engineering, in partnership with the Provost’s Office and Engineering faculty, offers summer research opportunities for high achieving undergraduates. The intent of this program is to encourage students to consider pursuing graduate degrees and to provide them an early opportunity to become involved in research by working with faculty mentors in one of seven Engineering departments/programs:
  • Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Engineering Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
Students will be matched with a faculty mentor and have opportunities to engage in engineering research, interact with faculty and students from across the College of Engineering, and develop essential skills for success in graduate school.

Expectations and Eligibility

During the summer research experience, students work full-time on a substantive, faculty-guided research project and participate in professional development activities, including attending weekly seminars and completing periodic writing assignments. Due to the intensive nature of this program, it is expected that students will not enroll in summer coursework or accept other employment during the work week. At the discretion of the faculty mentor, it may be possible for students to enroll in limited (4 credits or less) online coursework or independent study; the student is responsible for any enrollment fees.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria
  • current undergraduate student, studying at an institution in the United States or Puerto Rico, from any institution or major
  • eligible for employment in the USA
  • returning for one or more semesters of undergraduate study after Summer 2014 (i.e., not graduating before December, 2014)
  • minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • able to commit to full-time employment on the MSU campus during the 10-week summer program (May 19 to July 25, 2014)
  • not taking classes during Summer 2014 (exceptions may be made for up to 4 credits of online coursework, with permission from the faculty mentor)
  • at least 18 years old by May 1, 2014

Compensation and Housing

Students participating in the summer research experience are paid $11 per hour and typically work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks; please review individual project descriptions for specific work schedules, duties and locations. Participants are considered student employees of MSU and are responsible for applicable taxes.

Students are responsible for their own housing; a variety of options are available both on-campus (liveon.msu.edu) and in the surrounding area (elmanac.msu.edu).

Application Timeline

Applications for 2014 are due Sunday, March 9, 2014.  Submitted applications will be reviewed by faculty in March, and students will be matched with faculty mentors on a rolling basis and notified as soon as possible, ideally by April 1.  Alternate students may be contacted later if positions remain available.

Identifying a Potential Faculty Mentor
As part of the application process, students must identify their preferred faculty mentor.  The mentor must be a faculty member in the MSU College of Engineering or Department of Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering.

Faculty members who are interested in mentoring an undergraduate research assistant as part of the summer 2014 program will submit research project proposals.  Students may indicate their top choice(s) from among those research mentors/projects on their application.  The faculty member who posts the project will review applications from those students who indicate an interest in the project.

Alternately, some faculty have already identified students that they wish to mentor as part of the summer research program.  In these cases, the faculty member can indicate the preferred student when submitting the project proposal.  The preferred student will be matched with the faculty mentor/project provided that (1) the student submits a complete application; (2) the student meets the eligibility criteria; and (3) there is space available in the summer program.

Other Research Opportunities
We typically receive far more applications from outstanding students than we are able to accommodate in the program; in 2011, 2012 and 2013, we were only able to offer summer positions to 20-30% of applicants.  In addition to applying to our summer research program, you may be interested in on-campus opportunities found through venture.msu.edu or nationwide undergraduate research programs sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  MSU students can also identify a variety of on- and off-campus positions on MySpartanCareer.com.

Ready to Apply for EnSURE 2014?
The EnSURE program application requires basic contact and demographic information, a resume (.pdf format) and an unofficial transcript (a .pdf printout of your University's grade reporting system is sufficient).  Applicants must also submit a brief statement about why they are interested in participating in EnSURE - you should use this as an opportunity to expand briefly on the skills and experiences you have to contribute, and/or what you hope to learn from participating in this summer program.

As part of the application process, students must indicate at least one preferred project, from the list available by clicking here.