Honors Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

This program provides up to $2000 per student to pursue research projects with MSU faculty. Research may be performed on-campus or off during the summer (typically 20 hours per week for 8-10 weeks).

Note that while we are rarely able to fully fund every project, we try to at least partially fund those projects determined to be worthwhile. We try to assist with materials and resources (paying research subjects etc.) required for the research and some salary support. If you are planning on living on campus, Mississippi State University Housing has generously made discounted rooms available at Herbert Hall-include this in your request.

You will be required to have an MSU faculty mentor to approve and supervise your research. Along with your description of your research project, you will be required to submit a letter of support and commitment from your faculty mentor and a preliminary budget. The faculty member’s letter must include a commitment to supervise your work and manage the disbursement of your grant. You are encouraged to seek support from your academic department so that the honors office can leverage our limited resources and serve as many deserving students as possible. When you prepare your budget, please note all other funding being received from your home department or mentor.

If you are funded, you will be expected to present your findings in either the spring or summer undergraduate research symposium. You may also be required to submit an abstract to a regional conference and, if the abstract is accepted, to present at the regional conference. You will also be expected to submit a research report by October 31, 2017. Furthermore, you may be eligible for a partial travel grant to assist you in presenting your findings in regional or national meetings (If it is a meeting we requested that you submit to, you will be funded to go.). The travel grants require a separate application. The link for travel grants may be found in the menu at the side of this page. This additional experience will be invaluable as you progress in your academic and research career.

The monies for these fellowships have been primarily funded by Bobby & Judy Shackouls, with generous additional assistance from The National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) and the Office of Research of Mississippi State University.


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