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Last Updated: January 25, 2022

Excellence for impact

At Michigan State University, Spartan excellence and our will to make a difference are making a better tomorrow for all. 

As one of the nation’s leading research institutions, we’re driving discoveries to address global challenges, educating the next generation of leaders and partnering with communities to create healthier, more sustainable futures for Michigan and the world. 

Making plants more productive

It’s estimated that by 2050, the global population could reach 9 billion. With limited natural resources, feeding, clothing and providing materials to support that many people will be challenging. In Federica Brandizzi’s lab at Michigan State University, she and her colleagues are finding ways to make plants part of the solution.  

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Opening doors to discovery and opportunity

The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University is the preeminent user facility of its type in the world. Its impact will be felt worldwide by the science community and the public. In early 2022, MSU, home to the nation’s top nuclear physics graduate program, will open the doors to the facility and welcome scientists from around the world to study rare isotopes — fundamental particles that will advance both our understanding of the universe and the creation of applications for society in areas like astrophysics, medicine and national security.  

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Spartans in the driver’s seat: The future of autonomous vehicles

At Michigan State University, researchers are accelerating the future of driving by making autonomous vehicles safer under any road or weather conditions. Integrating a variety of technologies, they are leading innovation that allows autonomous vehicles to perceive their environment in challenging conditions like snow, heavy rain and fog, and to react appropriately.  

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Spartans are engineering a healthier future

At Michigan State University, researchers are unlocking the power of genuine collaboration to drive discovery and create healthier tomorrows for all. Spartan engineers, including Christina Chan, are partnering with biological and health scientists to develop innovative solutions to challenges in medicine, like solving the problem of chemotherapy drug resistance in cancer treatments.  

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Spartans bring the power of art to life

The arts are a powerful force at Michigan State University. They form connections between disciplines, spur innovation, build community and increase cultural understanding. For students, faculty and the public, MSU’s investment in the arts helps amplify new voices and perspectives and creates an ongoing dialogue about the world around us. For artist, activist and art historian Dylan Miner, his art provides an opportunity to start conversations with students about seeing the world from new perspectives.

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Empowering Spartans with an entrepreneurial mindset

Michigan State University’s entrepreneurial mindset is instilled in Spartan students, no matter their major or experience level. People like Paul Jaques, director of venture creation at MSU, provide an ecosystem of support for student entrepreneurs — from helping them navigate crafting a pitch and doing competitive research to securing grant funding and moving into the launch phase. All that’s expected in return is for Spartan entrepreneurs to pay it forward by mentoring other MSU students on their journeys as innovators.  

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