Research at MSU
The integration of learning and discovery is a hallmark of the undergraduate experience at Montana State University, which offers every student a hands-on research or creative project in his or her sophomore year. MSU has become a model university for combining these two critical aspects of higher education.
With outdoor laboratories as close as Yellowstone National Park, MSU students have ample opportunities to pursue exciting projects throughout their college careers. Not limited to the sciences, those projects also include such artistic endeavors as original musical compositions, paintings and architectural designs.
Those hands-on opportunities make MSU a leader in the number of prestigious Goldwater Scholarships for undergraduate excellence in science and math. Read about MSU's most recent Goldwater Scholarship recipients.
MSU is among the nation's top tier of research universities, as recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The Foundation recently ranked MSU as one of 108 research universities with "very high research activity."
Faculty take advantage of the ability to conduct pioneering research in a unique learning environment. MSU's expenditures from sponsored research programs reached $112 million in fiscal year 2012 and are expected to keep growing.
MSU faculty are recipients of National Science Career Awards, Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a Technology Review magazine "young innovator" award and a McArthur Foundation Award. Read about these and other Points of Excellence.
The Office of the Vice President for Research, Creativity and Technology Transfer is responsible for administering MSU's thriving research enterprise. It oversees the following areas:
The Awards & Internal / MT Grants page provides information regarding in-house grants and awards.