Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Michigan State University provides students with the opportunity to become engaged in an active research program in a scientific laboratory on the MSU campus in East Lansing, MI. Faculty, postdoctoral associates, and/or graduate students will act as mentors for participants. Students will contribute to the project by working in the laboratory alongside their mentors, participating in group meetings and activities, and attending seminars. At the end of the program, students will present short research project summaries of their work to their project team.

Opportunities exist in multiple departments, including chemical engineering, biochemistry, plant biology, agricultural economics, microbiology, entomology, and crop sciences. For those interested in ecological and environmental research opportunities related to bioenergy, there are opportunities at MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS).

Participating host labs may include:
Dr. Federica Brandizzi
Dr. Shi-You Ding
Dr. Bjoern Hamberger
Dr. Eric Hegg
Dr. David Hodge
Dr. James “Ned” Jackson
Dr. Chris Saffron
Dr. Ashley Shade
Dr. Michaela TerAvest

The program is expected to run from May 19 through July 29, 2017.  If you are enrolled at a college which operates on the trimester schedule, and will therefore not be able to arrive in East Lansing by May 19, please contact Chrislyn Particka to discuss options for alternative arrangements.  Students will work 40 hours per week during this time and should not take any classes during the summer, nor work for another department. 

The total stipend is $5,000 paid in one installment.  Room and board on the MSU campus, and up to $500 for round-trip travel to/from East Lansing, are provided. 

Students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university and not an incoming freshman or graduating senior are eligible to apply.  Strong preference will be given to groups under-represented in science and students at colleges without strong research programs.

The application deadline was February 1, 2017 for the summer 2017 program. Please contact Chrislyn Particka at if you have any questions, or would like to be added to a list to receive an email when the application period for the summer 2018 program open.