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June 30, 2010

The Scientist magazine survey: MSU a 'Best Place to Work'

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Tenure and promotion, and overall job satisfaction, help make Michigan State University once again one of the top places to work in academia, according to an international science trade publication readers’ survey.

By now a regular presence on The Scientist magazine’s annual list of top workplaces, MSU moved up this year from 17th to 14th place as two Grand Rapids institutions landed in the top 10 and the state was singled out for special mention.

Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., stayed at the top of the United States list for a second year while the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, came from down under to lead the international list. Although the magazine caters to those working in the natural and life sciences, the survey method is decidedly unscientific and is based on reader response.

Still, the Van Andel Research Institute and undergraduate-only Calvin College, both in Grand Rapids, were voted third and eighth, respectively, in the U.S. list. Michigan institutions thus led the top 15 list, prompting the magazine to devote a sidebar article to the state’s scientific enterprise including stem cell research and the Grand Rapids “Medical Mile,” where MSU’s College of Human Medicine is set to move into the new Secchia Center. University Research Corridor partner Wayne State University also placed in the survey’s top 40, coming in at number 37.


Michigan State University has been advancing knowledge and transforming lives through innovative teaching, research and outreach for more than 150 years. MSU is known internationally as a major public university with global reach and extraordinary impact. Its 17 degree-granting colleges attract scholars worldwide who are interested in combining education with practical problem solving.