EnSURE Faculty Mentors

Program Overview

The MSU College of Engineering the EnSURE (Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program for any undergraduate currently studying in the United States or Puerto Rico

EnSURE is specifically targeted to undergraduates who are interested in graduate studies in Engineering, and includes weekly professional development activities that help students prepare for graduate school.  Students are expected to work full-time on research during the 10-week program (mid-May through July) and prepare a poster about their research experience to present at a regional undergraduate research forum at the end of July.

Faculty Commitment

All College of Engineering faculty are eligible to participate as mentors.  Expectations of a faculty mentor include:

  • Regular communication with your student, including discussing the responsible conduct of research in your area/project.  Depending on the nature of your research group, your undergraduate research assistant may also work closely with graduate students or post doctoral researchers.
  • Participating in program activities, to the extent possible.  Examples include the faculty-student networking lunch and the summer research forum.  A complete calendar will be available by late spring.
  • Providing partial funding for the student's support. For EnSURE, the faculty contribution is approximately $2,500 per student (note that the EnSURE faculty cost may be higher, depending on whether your grant/faculty account is charged for FICA; check with your account manager for more information).  Students receive bi-weekly payroll, and must be eligible to work in the United States.  Students are responsible for their own housing, meal and transportation expenses.

How to Participate

As of April 7, the EnSURE program has reached capacity and is no longer accepting project applications from faculty. If you have questions, please contact Katy Colbry.

Faculty who wish to participate in EnSURE may contact Katy Colbry to submit a brief project proposal. Faculty who have already identified a specific student whom they prefer to hire for this research assistantship should identify the student on the project proposal form. Every effort will be made to match faculty with their preferred undergraduate, provided that the student applies to the program and meets the eligibility requirements.

Faculty may also submit projects without specifying a student.  In this case, the faculty will receive access to the database of student applicants.  Matches are made on a first-come, first-served basis so faculty are encouraged to apply as early as possible, although project proposals will be accepted as long as space remains in the programs.

Due to limited funding, faculty may submit only ONE project proposal for Summer 2017 (to fund a single EnSURE student) until March 1, 2017. After that deadline, additional proposals will be considered from faculty while funding remains. Faculty may submit joint proposals with another faculty member to co-mentor a student; in this case the first mentor listed will be considered the primary mentor and the proposal will "count" as the one submission from that primary faculty.

Information for Students

Students and faculty can learn more about these programs at the EnSURE website.