Research & Discovery
Based on the classification system of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, MSU is one of just three institutions out of 4,600 in the nation that maintains "very high research activity"-the highest level in the classification of research activity-yet is also predominantly undergraduate in terms of its student population. This combination means that undergraduates at MSU have access to high-level research projects that are reserved for graduate students at many other institutions.
MSU recently set a research expenditure record-$112.3 million-surpassing its old record by nearly $3 million. Top research departments included immunology, chemistry and biochemistry, transportation, physics, and land resources and environmental sciences; and much of the funding came from the National Institutes of Health, Departments of Energy, Defense and Agriculture, and private sources.
Licensed and Patented
MSU research has led to significant discoveries that are changing the world. MSU holds more than 200 active technology licenses. In addition, 87 patents and 14 plant variety certificates have been issued for MSU discoveries with many more pending.