The Department offers many opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in collaboration with our faculty. Joining one of the Department research groups will help you understand how natural science research is designed and conducted, and will provide you with research skills that will benefit you in your courses, and that will be valuable in your future career. You will also learn how to interact and communicate with faculty and other researchers, gain new mentors and friends, and learn to work effectively in a team. Research experience is essential for any student planning to apply to a PhD program.
Students interested in joining a research lab should contact faculty directly. See the Department website for a list of research groups.
Students can earn academic credit (EARTH 299, 498, or 499) for working in a research lab.
The Honors major is tailored to fit the interests of qualified students, and offers an opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of their undergraduate experience. Honors students complete a thesis by the end of their senior year under supervision of a faculty advisor. Many Honors majors finish their undergraduate career with a paper ready to publish in an academic journal, which can be a significant advantage when applying to graduate school.
The University of Michigan Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
UROP creates partnerships between students and Michigan faculty, providing a wealth of research opportunities for students primarily with freshman or sophomore standing without previous research experience. More than 1000 students work on real research and real scholarship with over 600 faculty members. For more information about research opportunities at the University of Michigan please refer to the UROP webpage.
Turner Student Grant
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences Scott Turner Awards are funded by income from an endowment established by a bequest from the estate of Dr. Scott Turner. Applications are due in early March, and an announcement is sent to students in the Department by the chair of the faculty review committee. The Undergraduate Turner Award ($500) is intended to provide travel support for regional scientific meetings or field-based studies, and for small, well-defined on-campus research projects. To be eligible for this grant, a student must be enrolled as an undergraduate major in Earth and Environmental Sciences, working with Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty.