We provide funding for research scholarships for undergraduate students from a wide range of disciplines who participate in faculty-led research projects that address issues relevant to our mission. Undergraduate Research Scholarships are awarded on a semester-by-semester or academic year basis for research to be carried out in the fall and spring semesters.  A small number of awards are also available to provide support for students involved in research over the summer. Depending on funding availability, additional support may be provided to enable a student to attend a regional or national conference at which the student presents the results of the sponsored research project.

Fall 2017 and 2017-2018 Academic Year Funding Request for Proposals - Deadline extended to 10/13/2017.

Spring 2017 Undergraduate Research Scholars
Student Research Faculty
Madeline Demaske

“Alternative Crop Insurance Subsidy Structures with WTO-compliance considerations”
Madeline is a senior double majoring in Agribusiness Management and Applied Economics.  Her research will examine the relationship between trade regulations made between members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and domestic agricultural support programs in the United States.  This research will provide an overview of existing regulations, review conflicts between trade commitments and current and past US domestic agricultural support programs, and assess future avenues of domestic support programs that are in full compliance with WTO commitments.

Eric Belasco

Alec Dinerstein

“Research on the History and Current State of Special Education Funding Laws in the US”
Alec is a junior majoring in Physics and minoring in Economics.  His research will examine the history and current state of special education funding laws in the US at the federal and state level.  This research will create a timeline and a machine-readable data set summarizing how the landscape of legislation, focused on the welfare of special needs students, has changed over time.  These findings will be incorporated into research, currently being conducted on the impacts of ADHD diagnoses on educational outcomes.

Wendy Stock
Tyler
Elkins

“Impact of Dodd‐Frank on Mortgage Delinquency Rates for Large‐, Medium‐, and Small‐Size Banks”
Tyler is a senior majoring in Business Finance with a focus on Economics.  His research will test to see if the passage of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (DF) has affected mortgage delinquency rates for the largest one-hundred banks as well as one-hundred banks not amongst the largest ranked by assets.  Using ordinary least squares regression, the relationship between mortgage delinquency rates, Dodd-Frank, and bank size will be examined.  Additional parameters such as LIBOR, Unemployment Rate, and GDP growth will also be considered.

Frank Kerins  & Gary Caton

Colburn Field

“An Exploration into the contradictory definitions of “Good Farming Practices” across U.S. Government Agencies”
Colburn is a senior double majoring in Agribusiness Management and Economics.  His research will examine the conflict between conservation practices and mandates enforced by the Risk Management Agency of the USDA. It will also work to identify the primary practices within this conflict and the barriers to information being included in the good farming practices.  In order to look at this conflict, the research will focus on understanding the definitions used by the Risk Management agency to define ‘good farming practices’ and how those definitions relate to those used by other federal agencies.

 

Eric Belasco 
 Allie
Hale

“Research on the History and Current State of Regulations on Marketing Psychiatric Pharmaceuticals in the U.S.”
Allie is a junior majoring in Marketing and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management.  Her research will generate a history and provide an overview of laws regarding pharmaceutical marketing of psychiatric drugs in the United States, with focus on drugs for treating ADHD. This research will describe the current state of laws at the state and federal levels and will summarize the progression of these laws over time.

Wendy Stock
 Austin Larson  “The Effect of Labor Market Regulatory Policy on Nascent Entrepreneurship”

Austin is a junior majoring in Business Marketing. He also has an Associate’s Degree in Aviation. His research will investigate the link between growth of nascent entrepreneurial firms and state minimum wage policies, subminimum wage provisions, and exemptions for small businesses.  Different types of entrepreneurship and different minimum wage levels and conditions will be examined in search of relationships and impacts on economic growth.

Agnieszka Kwapisz
 Dan Penoyer  “The Impact of Biofilm Regulatory Policy on the Development of Healthcare-Related Products”

Dan is a junior double majoring in Business Finance and Economics.  His research will evaluate the change over time in the number of US Patents that include the term ‘biofilm’ in the title, abstract, or claims in order to better understand the relative prevalence of the development of biofilm-related medical technology.  This process will include trying to identify which of these new patents are specifically for technologies that may have medical applications that would be regulated by the FDA.

Paul Sturman  & Frank Kerins

 Alex
Rickey

“Research on the Effects of Early Gun Regulations”
Alex is a junior majoring in Finance with a minor in Economics. His research will create a unique dataset on gun-related accidents, suicides, and homicides during the early to mid-1900s to estimate the effect of some of the earliest efforts to require permits to purchase and possess handguns.  The dataset will be created using historical mortality records from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention that will be divided by state and year (and city where available) and will then be used in a difference in difference approach to compare gun-related mortality outcome before and after these laws were implemented.

 
Isaac Swensen
John Walker   “The Effects of Regulations on the Commercial Fertilizer Industry”

John is a senior majoring in Agricultural Business.  His research will examine the regulatory environment of the natural gas and fertilizer industries and empirically investigate the extent to which this regulatory structure has affected the efficiency of information transmission in fertilizer markets.  He will also investigate the degree to which uncertainty has influenced our ability to predict fertilizer prices and evaluate the extent to which agricultural production costs are affected by natural gas and fertilizer industry regulations.

 Gary Brester

 

Applications for undergraduate research scholarships must be made by a tenured/tenure-track member of the MSU-Bozeman faculty on behalf of the undergraduate student. In addition to their research activity, recipients of Undergraduate Research Scholarship Awards are expected to participate in up to two lunchtime brownbag seminars during the semester. The seminars will enable students to share their research and get feedback from peers and faculty researchers. Requests for proposals  are typically announced in late-fall (for spring and summer scholarships) and mid-late spring/early fall (for fall and academic year scholarships).