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Student Involvement

Test treatments for an infectious disease. Explore the solar system. Help reduce pollution in the Great Lakes.

All of these things are possible through student research at the University of Michigan.

U-M promotes collaboration and interdisciplinary research initiatives that engage students in work that augments their education, transforms their lives and impacts our world.

  • Utilize classroom instruction in a real-world setting
  • Gain an upper hand when applying for jobs and graduate school
  • Establish strong relationships with students, faculty and staff
  • Earn academic credit, scholarships and compensation

Internal student research opportunities

Learn more about the various student research opportunities below:

"Students get to learn from faculty who are defining the leading edge of human knowledge and curiosity; and the imagination and energy of our students contribute to the research enterprise," said President Mark Schlissel.

External Student Research Opportunities

The following external student research opportunities typically recur each year. Identify your department research administrator through The Blue Pages and begin working with that person to get started:


These opportunities are gateways to graduate studies and careers in science, math, engineering and other research fields. You will work one-on-one with faculty, developing your academic and research skills. You will meet other students with goals like yours. It is a chance for you to assess your interests and potential in pursuing research at the Ph.D. level in graduate school, and get access to other guidance and advising.
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