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Work in the Lab

Are you an undergrad looking to gain research experience? Do you have an interest in interdisciplinary studies? If you answered yes to these questions, we welcome you to get involved! 

We request that interested students fill out an application telling us about yourself and your interests. The DHLC is always accepting applications, but typically brings new students in at the beginning of each semester.

Working as an undergraduate researcher in the DHLC is a volunteer position, but one that has the potential of turning into a paid position based upon the student’s level of dedication to the lab and their active attendance to and participation in lab meetings.

DHLC Application_2017.pdf

The Benefits of Participating in Undergraduate Research

Studies indicate that there are numerous benefits for undergraduates who participate in research including:

  • Enhancing their analytical skills and improving oral and written communication (Lopatto, 2007)

  • Experiencing an increase in their self-confidence (Russell, Hancock & McCollough, 2007)

  • Increasing the ability to identify a career focus (Seymour, Hunter, Laursen & Deantoni, 2003)

  • These students generally have higher graduation rates and report greater satisfaction of their overall undergraduate experience compared to non-researching peers (Mabrouk & Peters, 2000)

  • Establishing positive and productive working relationships with faculty increases the chance that they will write stellar letters of recommendation crucial for admission into graduate programs (Munoz-Dunbar & Stanton, 1999)

*Results of these studies as reported by the MSU Undergraduate Research Office