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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.

How to Improve Your Freshman Retention Rate

Friday, March 3, 2017
Josh Prasad and R. Sekhar Chivukula

Incoming college students who already feel a connection to their institution are more likely to fit in and want to remain at the school, especially if they are…

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Nostalgia-Based Messages Can Help Smokers Quit

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Maria Lapinski, professor of communications, and Syed Ali Hussain, doctoral candidate in health communications, poses on Friday January 20, 2017.

Rather than inciting fear, anti-smoking campaigns should tap into smokers’ memories and tug at their heartstrings, finds a new study by Michigan State University researchers. Advertisers often use…

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Why Female Immune Cells React Differently to Certain Diseases

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Adam Moeser

Michigan State University researchers are the first to uncover reasons why a specific type of immune cell acts very differently in females compared to males while under stress,…

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Local News Celebrates Spartan Research Initiatives

Friday, February 3, 2017

WLNS – 6 News anchor Sheri Jones met President Simon at the new bio-engineering facility on campus that makes it possible for researchers from the colleges of Engineering, Human…

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Personality Traits ‘Contagious’ Among Children

Friday, February 3, 2017
Jennifer Watling Neal, assistant professor of psychology, poses outside of the psychology building on Thursday July 1, 2010.

When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others’ personalities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers. The study, published…

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Kids Should Pay More Attention To Mistakes, Study Suggests

Monday, January 30, 2017
Jason Moser and Hans Schroder with child subject

Children who believe intelligence can grow pay more attention to and bounce back from their mistakes more effectively than kids who think intelligence is fixed, indicates a new…

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MSU Spartan Engineers Showcase Cars at Detroit Auto Show

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Garrick Brazil (above left), a doctoral student in computer science and engineering, and Mohammed Al-Qizwini (above right), a doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering.

Spartan students are showcasing their projects on an international stage this month with two automobiles at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. MSU, a leader…

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Affordable Water in US Reaching a Crisis

Thursday, January 12, 2017
glass of water

If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new…

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MSU Student Wins 2016 Opportunity Detroit People’s Choice Award

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MSU Jazz Studies senior Eric Smith, a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Mich., won the 2016 Opportunity Detroit People’s Choice Award at the Detroit Music Awards in April 2016….

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MSU Opera Production Takes Top Honors in Nat’l Opera Association

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The MSU Opera Theatre, directed by Melanie Helton, staged the 2015 production of “A Room with a View” with the MSU Symphony Orchestra which earned the National Opera Association’s division IV first place award. - See more at: http://music.msu.edu/news/msu-vocal-arts-students-attain-high-honors?utm_campaign=room-view&utm_source=pride-point&utm_medium=social#sthash.ZiXldUt9.dpuf

Michigan State University’s 2015-16 production of A Room with a View was awarded first place in the Division IV production competition of the National Opera Association. Due to the…

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