With outdoor laboratories as close as Yellowstone National Park, MSU students have ample opportunities to pursue exciting projects throughout their college careers. These projects are not limited to the sciences, but also include artistic endeavors such as original musical compositions, paintings and architectural designs. 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.

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 research universities with faculty that explore health and biomedicine; energy and the environment; and transportation. Annual research expenditures exceed $100M and are used to support research across the colleges, departments, institutes and centers at MSU and across the state of Montana.

MSU researchers are active in publishing and enthusiastic about sharing their work. Read recent publications. 

Faculty take advantage of the ability to conduct pioneering research in a unique learning environment. Montana State University closed out another strong year of research successes with significant work in energy, agriculture, health and biomedicine, and the environment leading the way. In fiscal year 2016, MSU opened 600 new sponsored program grants and had $118 million in research expenditures.

Incentive Program for Researchers

The MSU Incentive Program for Researchers (IPR) encourages faculty to secure externally-funded research, scholarship, and sponsored program projects and rewards those who successfully secure extramural funds. See the Office of Sponsored Programs for details.

Awards, MSU Grants, State of Montana Grants

The Awards & Internal / MT Grants page provides information regarding in-house grants and awards.