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Research Programs

The Pavlis Honors College manages three research programs. All three are open to undergraduate students. The Michigan Space Grant Consortium offers opportunities to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Undergraduate Research Internship Program


The Undergraduate Research Internship Program (URIP) is a competitive academic year internship from October through March amounting to $1600. Interested students from any school or college should identify a mentor and work in collaboration to propose a research or scholarship project. Interns are provided professional development opportunities and are required to present findings of their projects at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in mid-March. 

Michigan Space Grant Consortium


The Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) Grant and Fellowship Programs are regionally competitive, among 11 Universities in Michigan. Space Grant offers fellowship programs for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as research seed grants and program grants for faculty. Fellows and Grantees are encouraged to participate in the annual fall conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship


The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is a competitive 10-week summer research internship for students from any school or college. Applicants should identify a mentor with whom they collaboratively propose a project. Interns are awarded a $4,000 summer stipend and provided professional development opportunities during the summer. In addition, they are required to present their findings in a public forum of their choice. Applications are due the first Friday in February.

The Pavlis Honors College will also help students identify other research opportunities both on and off campus.