Students must create a Submittable account before they can apply for opportunities.

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To submit a complete application you will need the following documents. We recommend that you prepare these documents before you start the application.

  1. Your 5-page research proposal project description in PDF format.
  2. If you have received USP funding in the past, you must include a 1-2 page summary of your research results in PDF format. You may also use this document to describe other, non-USP research experience that your have had. 
  3. You MUST enter your research mentor's official MSU email. Find your mentor's email official email using the MSU Faculty/Staff Directory.
  4. Optional: The USP budget template can be used to help you plan your budget. The template can be attached to your application to provide details that cannot be included in the online budget entry tool. 

You can save your application at any time by clicking 'Save Draft' at the bottom of the form. Once completed, you can submit your application by clicking 'Apply'.

Note: Required fields are marked with an asterisk. *

Undergraduate students who have been accepted to present research or creative projects at academic and professional conferences are eligible to apply for up to $500 in travel support through the USP Conference Travel Grant program to help offset costs of conference-related costs. Travel Grants are non-competitive; qualified applicants will receive awards contingent on availability of funds. Any travel funding awarded by USP will be transferred to the student’s home or research department to ensure that funding is disbursed in accordance with department and university policies. 

The USP Travel grant program does not provide funding for travel related to research projects. If you are seeking funding for travel related to a research project, please apply the USP Research Grant program and include travel expenses in your budget.

This NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is focused on providing a field-based research experience for students with background or interest in Earth and environmental science. Applicants should be undergraduates who preferably will have completed introductory geology/Earth systems and a course in mineralogy, petrology, or Earth materials. Coursework in structural geology and/or field geology or field methods is useful.
Participants should have a planned date of graduation no earlier than December, 2023. NSF requires REU participants to be US citizens or permanent residents.

Before beginning the application. Please be sure you meet the qualifications listed below.

  • Participants supported with NSF funds must be U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States. 
  • Participants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one institution to another may participate during the intervening summer. 
  • Students who have received a bachelor's degree and are no longer enrolled as undergraduates are generally not eligible to participate.

If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Program Coordinator Zoe Pratte ( or Program Directors Frank Stewart (, Eric Boyd (, or Mari Eggers (

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