Undergraduate Research

Students at Michigan State University are expected to take learning seriously, to be engaged learners and critical thinkers. By providing unique instructional opportunities, MSU ensures that students are given the advantages of intellectual inquiry and practical learning.

Undergraduate research, traditionally provided by only small private universities, is a value-added component to the quality undergraduate education experience at MSU. Participating in original research allows undergraduates to contribute to the overall body of knowledge while gaining valuable experience in the research process.

Students are encouraged to go beyond class work and search for work experience opportunities. Plant Biology faculty regularly accept undergraduates into their research laboratories for independent study projects and as part of ongoing work. To find out more about undergraduate research opportunities in the Department of Plant Biology, please look at the Faculty & Research section of the Plant Biology site or contact your Undergraduate Advisor. Please see also Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities at MSU. Plant Biology students frequently present their work at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum and at conferences and meetings.

PLB 498 Undergraduate Research Form

  • Must attach a 1-2 page proposal with Independent Study Form
  • Must receive approval from Dr. Ebert-May
  • Must take 3-4 credits