Undergraduate Research Funding Eligibility and Requirements
The College of Music has funding available for undergraduate music students to support special projects that make a creative and/or scholarly contribution and enhance the development of students as scholars, artists, composers, and teachers.
These projects would culminate in such outcomes as: performances or presentations at local schools or regional/state/national/international conferences and festivals, outreach to various communities, eventual publications in suitable outlets, educational materials for elementary/secondary school music education classes, or enhanced marketability of MSU music students.
All undergraduate students in the College of Music are eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled full-time in a College of Music program at the time of application. Students eligible for summer support must have been enrolled as a full time student during the prior Spring Semester, and will complete the project prior to their graduation.
Examples of projects that undergraduate research funds may be used to support:
- Commissioning of new music for solo instruments or chamber works
- Student travel for research
- Independent research projects
- Assisting a professor in the completion of a book or other research project
- Incorporating research into elementary or secondary school music curricula
- Development of educational projects for young music students
- Preparation and travel for performers to perform at competitions, conferences,
- and festivals
- Preparation and travel for presenters/researchers to present at conferences
- Enhancing the chamber music experiences of student ensembles
- Development of internships (arts management, working with established ensembles)
- Development of pedagogical and outreach initiatives
- Fostering involvement/interaction with local/regional cultural organizations
- Research into musical health (hearing, vocal health, stress reduction)
- Promotion of musical health through education and research (mentioned above)
- Development and implementation of concert programs to off-campus entities
- Development of entrepreneurial skills for musicians