Student research experiences

A selection of opportunities for students to get involved in research are listed below. 

PhD opportunities

Open Data

Funded by the National Science Foundation, Open Data allows fellows to engage in a vibrant set of research activities in the conduct of responsible data-intensive science and engineering involving faculty and PhD students from the School of Information, Computer Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, Materials Science, and Chemical Engineering. Open Data is designed to build a new community of practice around open sharing and reuse of scientific data.

Master's student opportunities

Get introduced! Research at the School of Information covers a broad spectrum characterized by highly collaborative projects. The diversity of faculty research projects is a great match for the many interests our MSI students bring to UMSI. Learn about each of the faculty’s research interests to see if there is a match with your own research interests.

Research Experience for Master's Students (REMS) Summer Program

Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School Faculty Allies for Diversity Program., this 12-week intensive summer Research Experience for Master’s Students (REMS) offers REMS Fellows close mentorship as they work on research projects with UMSI faculty or practitioners, partnering with the University of Michigan Libraries, School of Education Teaching and Learning Exploratory, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Bentley Historical Library. The REMS program supplements experiences in the research group with a broad range of educational and social activities that forge the participating students into a community of scholars. 

Library as Research Lab Project

The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funded Library as Research Lab Project. The Project enables Master’s students, academic librarians, and information science faculty to engage in a series of mentored research activities. The library research lab environments foster research on practice while enabling students to develop and hone research skills and all lab members to use evidence-based practices. The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) and the U-M Library have co-created three interconnected research labs through which UMSI faculty, librarians, and students collaboratively perform empirical research. Each research lab focuses on one of the three research themes: assessing the library’s role in student learning; its impact on research and scholarship; or redesigning library services to accommodate changes in higher education. The Library as Research Lab Program offers a two semester research fellowship for currently enrolled MSI students. 

Undergraduate student opportunities 


The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) creates research partnerships between first and second year students and University of Michigan faculty and research scientists. All schools and colleges of the University of Michigan are active participants in UROP, thereby providing a wealth of research topics from which a student can choose.


The University of Michigan Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) offers outstanding undergraduates underrepresented in their field of study the opportunity to conduct intensive research across a variety of disciplines. The goal is to prepare students for advanced studies in a PhD program at U-M.