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Summer Research

From June through August, Great Lakes Bay area high school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to work with MSU researchers on novel projects in labs with sophisticated equipment. The projects allow students to explore new areas of science and investigate possible careers in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics, while improving their research skills, building their resume, and earning a summer wage.

In 2018, a new creative writing initiative was added officially putting the “A” in STEAM education at MSU St. Andrews. The writing program was facilitated by Creative 360.

For summer 2019, 80 research students were accepted, representing 17 different high schools.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic the program has been moved to a fully online format.

The application process opens in March of each year and the research fellowships run from late June through mid-August. Please join our mailing list to receive notices about the summer program and other events at MSU St. Andrews.

Please read our parent and participant handbook for youth programs for information on policies and procedures, as well as during and after hours contact information.

Examples of student research include:

Lewis Acids as New Refrigerants

Three students in the lab with instructor

The Lewis acids team was led by Jack Kruper, PhD. The team synthesized a new poly-chlorinated compound and crystallized it for x-ray structure and determination. Student researchers on the project were Kaylie Barton, Midland HS, Hannah Bartels, Midland HS, and Aditya Middha, Dow HS.  

Wetlands and Water Purity

High School Interns at the MSU Midland Campus, 07.12.2017

Team: Serena Fleming-Dittenber, Midland High; Callen Herst, Bullock Creek; Nicole Seiler, Bullock Creek; and Ris Agrwal, Great Lakes Bay Early College Mentor: Daniel Henton, Ph.D., with additional consulting provided by Greg Martin of Dow. The purpose of the project is to acquire data to help define the extent of the chemical plume (in part from activities on the base using perfluorinated compounds…

Saving Honey Bees from Varroa Mites with Controlled-Release Miticides

High School Interns at the MSU Midland Campus, 07.12.2017

Team: Jason Harnick, Bullock Creek HS; Kaitlin Gandy, Midland HS; and Yuen Azo, Saginaw Arts & Science Academy (not pictured) Mentor: Edmund Stark, PhD The US beekeeping industry is in crisis, and with it those parts of the agriculture industry that are partly or entirely dependent upon honey bees for pollination.  Honey bees are being lost at an alarming rate due to…

Biodegradable Hyperbranched Polyesters

Two students in lab coats pose for photo

Team: Brandon Zhu & Daniel Zhang Mentor: Patrick Smith, PhD Research Overview: The efficacy of active ingredients is often inadequate due to poor targeting and limited lifetime of the active at the receptor site.  Designing smart delivery systems which are capable of controlled release of the actives is one route to increase utilization efficiency.  Dendritic polymers, which include dendrimers and hyperbranched polymers,…

Programming in ‘Python’ and Synthesizing Biodiesel to Achieve NMR Spectrum Results

Group of 10 students and their instructor

Team: Front L to R: Colin Witt, Dow HS; Derek Yan, Dow HS; Naoki Kihata, Dow HS; Mia Pardell, Midland HS; and Ashley Hammond, Bullock Creek HS. Back: Emily Bennett, Bullock Creek HS; Mitchell Hayes, Dow HS; Zachary O’Dell, Midland HS, Aaron Lehman, Lehman Academy;  and Robert Heyart, Dow HS. Mentor (back, far right): John Furcean, MS Students spent the first few…

Developing New Chemistries and Materials for Redox Flow Batteries

High School Interns at the MSU Midland Campus, 07.12.2017

Intern research participation makes an impact.

3D Printing and Humidity Sensor Projects

High School Interns at the MSU Midland Campus, 07.12.2017

Student researchers play key role.

2016 Summer Interns Present Research Findings

Three students presenting in front of a group

Parents, mentors and members of the community were treated to an evening of science when 12 summer interns presented their research project findings on August 18, 2016. Students had applied for the internship positions in April, and were selected from a very competitive pool of Midland area high school juniors. After matching their experience and interests to the available projects, students were…