Accenture Innovation Challenge Applications are Open!
Nov 20 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 18 @ 9:00 am
Accenture Innovation Challenge Applications are Open!

Applications are now open for the Accenture Innovation Challenge, which offers students the opportunity to consult for a nonprofit, secure an internship, and win a cash prize. This year, Accenture is partnering with Covenant House, an organization that provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness across the United States.

Applications are due by December 18th, so apply soon!

Apply here:;!!HXCxUKc!mU8LLWXsqS6NLYm1GKkfhIS0rM7wppvcoM57hFwxm8dt7SIL-g5ARH8NsONk5GLf$

Call for Presenters – Diversity Research Showcase
Nov 23 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 20 @ 11:30 pm
Call for Presenters - Diversity Research Showcase

With support from the Honors College, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Undergraduate Research, and the MSU Libraries, we are excited to inform you that the 4th Annual Diversity Research Showcase (DRS) will take place virtually on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 3:00-5:00PM EST. Submissions are welcome from all MSU undergraduate students!

Students are encouraged to submit previous or in progress research on issues of diversity that advance inclusion. Awards will be presented to the top three participants in the poster presentation category and the top three participants in the oral presentation category.

* First prize – $500
* Second prize – $300
* Third prize – $200
* Two additional awards of $300 will be presented to two students in the preliminary stages of conducting research

Submissions are due at 11:59pm on December 20th.

Register to present here:

The Spartan Volunteer Service Award
Nov 23 @ 12:00 pm – Dec 11 @ 11:30 pm
The Spartan Volunteer Service Award

Announcing the Spartan Volunteer Service Award: A presidential recognition administered by the Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Your commitment to Community Engagement means the world to us. It’s what makes being a Spartan so special. The Spartan Volunteer Service Award will be given to any MSU student who serves a minimum of 100 hours of verified community engagement between November 11, 2019 and November 12, 2020.

How to be Eligible:
* Download the MSU Civic Life App on your smart phone or tablet*
* Update your profile and input your qualifying hours by December 11, 2020.
* All students who update their profiles within the app with 100 or more hours will be eligible for the award

We are aware that there are some issues with the MSU Civic Life App, particularly for iOS users. If you are unable to log your hours in the app for any reason, please download and fill out this spreadsheet Please email completed spreadsheets to Sophie Morin and

What Counts Toward the Award

There are many different ways of community engagement, not just volunteering, that count toward the 100 hours necessary to be eligible for the SVSA. Your hours can be from during the semester, over the summer, at home, abroad, or on campus at MSU! The different types of community engagement are represented as different categories in the MSU Civic Life App and defined below with examples.

Advocacy – Communicating support of an idea or cause and collecting evidence to support one’s position

Community Conversations – Exchanging and weighing different ideas, perspectives, and approaches in a civil way

Community and Economic Development – Acting locally to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way

Democratic Engagement- Using the formal structures of the political system to attempt to change society

Philanthropy- Offering charitable aid or donations to social change focused, community-based organizations to combat social problems

Volunteering- Short or long-term donation of time and talent to directly support the activities of a community-based organization

MSU 2021 Learning Abroad Conference Webinar Series – Call for Proposals!
Dec 1 all-day
MSU 2021 Learning Abroad Conference Webinar Series - Call for Proposals!

We are now accepting student and alumni proposals to the MSU Learning Abroad Conference Webinar Series, which will take place during spring semester 2021!

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, December 1st.

In lieu of our traditional in-person MSU Learning Abroad Conference (LAC) that normally takes place each November, the Office for Education Abroad will be scheduling a series of webinars for spring 2021.  Similar to our normal face-to-face student panel presentations, each webinar will consist of student and alumni presentations where the presenters will showcase their education abroad experiences.

Co-sponsored by the Office for Education Abroad and the Office for International Students and Scholars, the Annual MSU Learning Abroad Conference (LAC) features presentations from students returned from international learning experiences and international students currently studying abroad here in East Lansing.  Since its inception in 2012, over 300 students have presented at the annual conference.  Domestic and International students from all academic levels—first year undergraduates to doctoral students—and a variety of academic disciplines have participated.  They have utilized the LAC as an opportunity to share their education abroad experiences with fellow students, family, friends, and the greater MSU community.  Presentations include a variety of formats such as poetry, journal entries, music compositions, video, and more.

Submit your proposal here: 

Event Series: Latinx Listening Space @ Online
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Latinx Listening Space

We invite you to join this confidential, inclusive, nonjudgmental virtual space for sharing, listening, connecting, processing, and hopefully, healing. Issues within the Latinx community and Latinx experience will be explored.

Sign Up via SignUp Genius for a consultation appointment


Finding a Summer Research Opportunity
Dec 2 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Finding a Summer Research Opportunity

There are a variety of summer opportunities available for students. Programs are hosted by colleges and universities around the United States and the world. They provide an intensive research experience on a particular topic within a scholarly discipline. For undergraduates with plans for graduate or professional school after MSU, summer research provides the opportunity to expand your professional network and acquire experience in an area of interest. In this workshop, you will learn more about summer research, the benefits of participation, and effective search strategies, including how to find and apply for opportunities.

Register here:

English/WRAC Grad Student Workshop
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
English/WRAC Grad Student Workshop

The Departments of WRAC and English will be working together this year to program events for graduate students related to careers outside of academia as well as non-faculty careers within the university (such as program coordinators, etc.). We are planning to hold our first workshop on Thursday, December 3, 3:00-5:00. We will follow up with additional details concerning speakers for this event, but we want to write now to ask you to save the date. 

Health and Safety Abroad
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Health and Safety Abroad

This webinar is for students who want to learn more about international health and safety as they plan for education abroad.

Topics covered include:

  • How to research your intended destination
  • Where to find resources for your health and wellbeing
  • Recommended safety tips for international travel
  • What you need to know about COVID-19

At the end there will be a Q&A session where you can ask us any questions you may have

Learn more and register here:

In the Crucible of the Scientific Revolution- Evolution and Evaluation of the Ideas of Professor Aharon Katzir
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
In the Crucible of the Scientific Revolution- Evolution and Evaluation of the Ideas of Professor Aharon Katzir

Register Here

The presentation will examine ideas that Professor Aharon Katzir, one of the pioneers of Israeli science, published more than 50 years ago and how they stood the test of time. His theories range from thoughts about the origin of life, to modern day nanotechnology; from the first computers built in the 50’s at Weizmann Institute, to DNA computers.
Professor Assaf Gilad is Chief of the Division of Synthetic Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering at MSU and Affiliate of the Serling Institute.


Co-sponsors: College of Arts and Letters, James Madison College, RCAH, Asian Studies Center, Department of History and Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, College of Social Science.

The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Community with Citizens Scholars @ Online

Come join us at our weekly writing nights! We know that trying to be creative while being at home can be tough, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community. so we’re offering a calm space for queer writers to hang out.

Every Thursday night at 7 pm through November and December (excluding Thanksgiving), we’ll host a Zoom room with chill music and good vibes. We’ll develop a writer’s playlist, work on poetry, short stories, essays, and maybe help each other get over a fierce writer’s block.