Summer Research Fellowships

Summer 2021 fellowships applications are now being accepted!

Deadline: 11:59pm, Monday April 5.

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

PLEASE NOTE: If you are planning on living on campus, Mississippi State University Housing has generously made discounted rooms available at Herbert Hall. If you would like to receive discounted housing, you must include this in your request.

Eligibility: Applicants are required to have an MSU faculty mentor approve and supervise their research and be in good standing with the Shackouls Honors College.

Apply for a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship!

* You will need to provide a description of your research project, a letter of support and commitment from your faculty mentor, and a preliminary budget. 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.

You can find samples of acceptable preliminary budgets here, here, and here!

It is your responsibility to check with your research mentor as to whether or not your research project is restricted (i.e. classified, export controlled (EAR/ITAR), proprietary or other restriction). If your mentor identifies your research as restricted, the release of any information to the public must be coordinated with the Office of Research Security to obtain required authorizations before release. Severe penalties, both civil and criminal, may result if restricted information is made public without the proper authorizations.

What should the faculty member’s letter include?

The faculty member’s letter must include a commitment to supervise your work and manage the disbursement of your grant.

If you are funded, you will be expected to:

  • Present your findings in either the spring or summer Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • Submit a research report* by October 31 to the Director of Undergraduate Research, Dr. Anastasia Elder.
    * Research reports must be submitted as a Microsoft Word or PDF document. View past research reports.

You may also be required to submit an abstract to a regional or national conference and, if accepted, present at the conference. If you submit to a conference, you may be eligible for a partial travel grant to assist you in presenting at the conference. If we request that you submit to a conference, you will be funded to go. A separate application is required for travel awards.

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 and Economic Development at Mississippi State University.

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