EL Cultural Arts Grant
Dec 9 2020 @ 11:00 am – Feb 21 2021 @ 6:50 pm
EL Cultural Arts Grant

The East Lansing Arts Commission is currently accepting a second round of applications for its fiscal year 2021 (FY21) Cultural Arts Grant program.

The Cultural Art Grant program supports public art projects that promote personal expression as well as public involvement. Emphasis is also placed on the promotion of cultural appreciation of the Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) communities.

“Commissioners are looking for applications that address each of their criteria points,” East Lansing Arts Festival and Arts Initiative Coordinator Heather Majano said in an email statement. “It must take place in East Lansing, primarily benefit East Lansing residents, have artistic merit and encourage artistic awareness, public participation and/or cultural arts appreciation.”

The commission has up to $17,500 to allocate for the 2021 grant, with roughly half already being allocated in round one. There is currently $8,697 available for round two of the grants.

“Applications with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion will be looked upon favorably as well as those applications that only request 15% of their budget,” Majano said.

FY21 grant-funded projects and events must take place between Nov. 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.

Past winners include Community Darkroom 517, which is a public space for collaborative photo development, and “Vivek Vellanki — Passport Photo Project,” a photo project that allowed local immigrants to artistically change their passport photo in any way they liked using art supplies.

The application for the grant can be found at Applications must be submitted by Feb. 21, 2021, to be considered. 

University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum
Jan 13 @ 8:30 am – Feb 11 @ 5:30 pm
University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum

Share your research or creative scholarship with the university community April 15 – 19, 2021 at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF)!

Registration for UURAF will open on January 13 and close on February 11, 2021.

Current MSU students and December 2020 graduates from all academic disciplines are eligible to present at UURAF 2021. Students may select poster, oral, or performance presentation types. All stages of research and creative scholarship are welcomed—from preliminary to capstone projects and everywhere in between! Research and creative activity conducted during courses, internship/REU, Education Abroad, or community-based participatory research are also accepted. Research is a process. Share where you are in that process when you present at UURAF.

UURAF Presenter Portal Call For Proposals
Jan 14 @ 9:00 am – Feb 11 @ 11:45 pm
UURAF Presenter Portal Call For Proposals

Students will need to have the following information prepared in order to register for the forum:

  • Coordinating Presenter (designated student who will be responsible for program) — Name and MSU NetID
  • Additional Presenters (if applicable) — Name and MSU NetID. Please add only undergraduate student co-presenters. We highly encourage groups to limit their size to 4 or fewer student presenters.
  • Mentor(s) (faculty, staff, and/or graduate student) — Name and MSU NetID. Please contact us for assistance if your mentor is not from MSU.
  • Presentation Information — Title of presentation, type (i.e., oral, poster, or performance), category, abstract, and any special requests (accommodation requests, etc.).

Please note:  Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training certificate is NOT required at the time of registration. All student presenters should complete the training by April 5, 2021.

Helpful Tips:

  • View our step-by-step registration guide for UURAF 2021
  • Presentation title — Titles provide a succinct introduction to your research. Select a title that helps the audience obtain a general idea of your presentation topic.  Avoid technical words or jargon.  Do not use special characters (e.g. Greek letters) or course number (e.g., UGS 200H) in the title.
  • Abstract — Abstracts are limited to 250 words in length, in a single paragraph with no headings or citations. Do not list your project title or co-authors in the abstract body. There is a separate field for presenters. Other contributors, such as your research mentor, should be noted in your PowerPoint deck (if doing an oral presentation) or after the title on your poster. We encourage all students to review their abstracts with their research mentors to make sure that copyright or intellectual property (IP) issues are not a factor.
  • Category — Review the categories and their respective descriptions. Consult your research mentor if you’re unsure of which category to select. Categories that have less then 5 entries will be moved to a related category. 
  • Off Campus Research — Students who have conducted research off campus can also participate in UURAF. Please contact us for assistance if your mentor is not from MSU.
  • Performance Presentation Type — We use a very broad definition of performance. In addition to the traditional sense of musical and theatrical performance, we also include virtual art exhibitions, demonstrations, documentary films, multi-media presentations, and other similar products.

Learn more and register here:

Navigating the Master’s Degree Workshop @ Online Event
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Navigating the Master’s Degree Workshop @ Online Event

This interactive writing workshop is designed to help students develop an individualized plan for understanding graduate school more generally and graduate writing more specifically. This workshop is designed for students in both the early and latter years of their master’s degree study. Read more and register here.

CSN Virtual Drop-In Advising
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
CSN Virtual Drop-In Advising

Need a fast resume review before meeting with employers? Have some quick questions about Career Fairs? MSU Career Services Network has got your back! Come virtually drop in and have Career Consultants and trained Peer Advisors review your resume and answer questions. Follow the centralized Zoom link and we will connect you for a 15 minute resume review or career prep session.

Register here:

Summer Research Opportunity at Harvard Business School
Jan 22 @ 12:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 7:22 am
Summer Research Opportunity at Harvard Business School

Program for Research in Markets & Organizations: A 10-week program for undergraduates who wish to work closely with Harvard Business School faculty on research projects on topics ranging from business strategy to social media, and from innovation management to private equity.

PRIMO is now entering its eleventh year. The tentative program dates for Summer 2021 are June 5, 2021 to August 14, 2021. If the program is offered in person in summer of 2021, PRIMO fellows will be offered Harvard campus housing, a partial board plan, and a modest research stipend. If the program is offered virtually, PRIMO fellows will receive a modest research stipend. As part of the community of researchers, students will participate in enrichment activities such as faculty lectures, professional development workshops, presentation opportunities, and social events.

PRIMO is open to continuing students (those who will be rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time of the program) who are in good standing at a 4-year undergraduate institution in the United States. Students must commit to the full ten weeks of the program.

Student applications for the 2021 program are now open and will be due on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm EST.

In the summer of 2020, PRIMO was offered virtually, and fellows worked on research projects with faculty and participated in all activities via Zoom from their homes. Whether the program will be offered virtually again or on campus has not yet been determined. The COVID-19 outbreak is evolving daily, and we simply cannot predict what may occur in the next few weeks and months. The decision will be made by the Harvard Summer Undergraduate Research Village and will be announced on this webpage as soon as we have more details. We appreciate your patience as we navigate the academic world in times of a global pandemic.

Apply here:

SoSLAP Event: QRP Roundtable @ Online Event
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm
SoSLAP Event: QRP Roundtable @ Online Event

Welcome to the spring semester! SOSLAP would like to invite you to a QRP Roundtable session, run by us and other SLS students that have published QRPs up until this point. Please bring your questions and doubts, and we will try to address all of these and give you guidance on the expectations, requirements, and difficulties of getting a QRP together. We will offer you a glimpse of our own experiences as a way to help you on your own path this year.

Join us on Friday, January 22nd at 2 PM

Topic: QRP Roundtable
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 883 436 4425
Passcode: 111000
Symposium on Continuity and Change in Political Culture, Israel and Beyond
Jan 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:45 pm
Symposium on Continuity and Change in Political Culture, Israel and Beyond

Symposium on Continuity and Change in Political Culture, Israel and Beyond Register here

Co-edited by Yael S. Aronoff, Ilan Peleg, and Saliba Sarsar
Ten leading scholars and practitioners of politics, political science, anthropology, Israel studies, and Middle East affairs address the theme of continuity and change in political culture as a tribute to Professor Myron (Mike) J. Aronoff whose work on political culture has built conceptual and methodological bridges between political science and anthropology. There will be three consecutive panels on the three themes of the book by its contributors.

Conflict and Peace 11:00-11:55 am EST (6-6:55 pm IST) followed by 10 minute break

Yael S. Aronoff- Pathways to Peace: Legitimation of a Two-State Solution
Aronoff is the director of the Serling Institute for Jewish Studies and Modern Israel and is the Serling Chair in Israel Studies at Michigan State University. Dr. Aronoff teaches in James Madison College, where she is associate professor of political science. Her book, The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers: When Hard Liners Opt for Peace, was published by Cambridge University Press (2014), and she is the current president of the Association of Israel Studies

Saliba Sarsar- Memory, Identity, and Peace in Palestinian-Israeli Relations
Sarsar, born and raised in Jerusalem, is the author of Peacebuilding in Israeli-Palestinian Relations (2020), Jerusalem: The Home in Our Hearts (2018) and What Jerusalem Means to Us: Christian Perspectives and Reflections (2018).

Nadav G. Shelef- Denationalization in the Israel-Palestinian Context
Shelef is the Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Israel Studies and professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His most recent books include Homelands: Shifting Borders and Territorial Disputes (Cornell University Press, 2020) and Evolving Nationalism: Homeland, Identity and Religion in Israel, 1925–2005 (Cornell University Press, 2010).

Yossi Beilin- The Ecological Fallacy: “Trust” in International Relations— The Case of the Settlement Freeze in the Oslo Process
Beilin initiated the Oslo Process in 1992, the “Beilin-Abu Mazen agreement” in 1993–1995, and the Geneva Initiative in 2001–2003. He also headed the Labour Party and the Meretz Party. Beilin was Israeli Justice Minister and served as deputy minister and as minister in four governments in Israel from 1988-2001.

Challenges to Democracy 12:05- 12:50 pm EST (7:05-7:50 pm IST) followed by 10 minute break

Naomi Chazan- Israel’s Democracy at a Turning Point
Naomi Chazan is professor emerita of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and currently serves as a senior research fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace. She has written and edited nine books and over seventy scholarly articles, headed the Meretz Party, and was President of the New Israel Fund.

Ilan Peleg– Majority-Minority Relations in Deeply Divided Democratic Societies: The Israeli Case in a Globalized Context
Peleg is the author or editor of eleven books and over ninety scholarly essays. A former president of the Association of Israel Studies, he is the founding editor-in-chief of Israel Studies Forum, the scholarly journal of the Association for Israel Studies.

Joel Migdal- Creating the Public in a Society of Strangers: Inclusion and Exclusion in American Cities
Migdal is the Robert F. Philip Professor Emeritus of International Studies in the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. Among his books are Strong Societies and Weak States; The Palestinian People: A History (with Baruch Kimmerling); and Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East.

National Memory, Memorialization, and Dramatization 1:00- 1:45 pm EST (8:00-8:45 pm IST)

Yael Zerubavel- The Bible Now: Political Satire and National Memory
Zerubavel is professor emerita of Jewish studies and history at Rutgers University and the former founding director of the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. She is the author of the award-winning Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition (University of Chicago Press, 1995), and Desert in the Promised Land (Stanford University Press, 2019). Professor Zerubavel is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award in Israel Studies from the Association for Israel Studies and the Israel Institute.

Roland Vazquez- Victim Sculpture and an Aesthetic of Basque Politics
Vazquez is professor of Anthropology and Social Science at Upper Iowa University. His book Politics, Culture, and Sociability in the Basque Nationalist Party (University of Nevada Press, 2010) is an ethnographic study of Basque partisan competition.

Jan Kubik- Tadeusz Kantor’s Theater as an Antidote against the Excesses of Nationalism and Idiocy of State Socialism
Kubik is professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University and professor of Slavonic and East European Studies at University College London (UCL). Among his publications are The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power; Anthropology and Political Science, with Myron Aronoff.

Finding a Summer Research Opportunity – REUs
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Finding a Summer Research Opportunity - REUs

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 what Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) are and the benefits of participation in an REU.

Register in advance for this meeting here:

Navigating Virtual Career Fairs
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Navigating Virtual Career Fairs

All Spring 2021 career fairs will be hosted on the Handshake virtual fair platform. Join the Career Services Network to learn more about preparing for virtual career fairs and gaining confidence when networking with potential employers in a virtual environment.

Register here: