​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