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Scholarship and creative activity are encouraged at every level of learning at MSU. Students have numerous opportunities to participate in projects, connect with faculty mentors or conduct their own research activities. Learn more about MSU’s graduate and undergraduate research opportunities at the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies website.

MSU Researchers Track How Plants Create Beneficial Compounds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Robert Last

Michigan State University scientists are examining the biochemistry of plants in research that could help plants become less susceptible to insect pests. “Plants are master biochemists,” said Robert Last, MSU…

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Spartan Ideas Celebrates MSU’s Cyber-Conversations

Friday, January 15, 2016
Spartan Ideas bloggers

Ask a researcher if he or she likes to write for a lay audience and the answer will likely be no. While academic writing in the interest of…

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Undergrad Researches Childhood Language Acquisition

Monday, January 4, 2016

Linguistics and neuroscience major and Baggett Fellowship recipient Mina Hirzel is expanding her world of research and using those skills to understand childhood language learning. Hirzel works in…

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Bias Busters Dispels Myths about Muslim Americans

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Questions and Answers about Muslim Americans

The e-book version of a guide written by a Michigan State University journalism class that is designed to dispel biases and stereotypes about Muslim Americans is again available….

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Students Develop Software for Visually Impaired

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
A team of MSU engineering students has developed an app that can help the visually impaired. Members of the team are (front, from left) Jordyn Castor of Grand Rapids; Whitney Mitchell of Alto; and Debayan Deb of Kanpur, India. Standing (left to right) are Cody Pearson of Hudsonville and Max Miller of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photo courtesy of the MSU College of Engineering.

A team of Michigan State University engineering students has developed an app that will benefit the visually impaired. It’s called Intelligent Real World Text Recognition and is one…

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MSU’s Kamfwa Driven to Improve Crop Yields in Zambia

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Growing up in Zambia, Kelvin Kamfwa remembers watching his parents—small-scale farmers—struggle with low yields. Kamfwa is pursuing a doctorate in plant breeding, genetics, and biotechnology in the College…

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Law Student Ninh Using Technology to ‘Disrupt’ Delivery of Services

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Third-year law student Andy Ninh is starting a revolution in the legal field. The law student is part of the MSU College of Law’s Reinvent Law program, which…

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Nine MSU Students Awarded Fulbright Grants

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education recently awarded funding to two MSU doctoral students to support their research under the fiscal year 2015 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. Earlier…

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Mechanical Engineers Provide Pedal-Power Threshing for Guatemala

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Pedal-Power Threshing Machine

Beginning with an age-old agricultural practice of threshing, which separates bean seeds from their pods, four mechanical engineering students added a new twist: pedal power. Designed as a…

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MSU to Study Use of Falcons to Protect Orchards

Monday, November 16, 2015
Michigan State University integrative biology graduate student Megan Shave holds a nestling American kestrel that she banded this summer in a cherry orchard in Michigan's Leelanau County.

Catherine Lindell, Michigan State University integrative biologist, will use a nearly $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to attract more falcons to orchards. Lindell and two other MSU colleagues…

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