Connect with potential MSU partners

Find on-campus partners and resources for designing, writing, and implementing broader impacts.

4-H Children's Gardens

The 4-H Children's Gardens provide field trips and field trip resources to over 14,000 students annually.  Explore how you can connect to this resource to deliver your broader impacts.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships  
  • Communication to public

Contact: Norm Lownds (lownds@msu.edu)

Abrams Planetarium

Abrams Planetarium in the center of campus has a fully digital projection system that allows for immersive environments to teach a variety of topics beyond astronomy. We do this through fulldome video, 360 degree photographs and videos, and using 3-D models. We have already worked with faculty and staff from the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum; Biochemistry; Art, Art History, and Design; and the Cylcotron.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Communication to public
  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations  

Contact: Shannon Schmoll (schmoll@pa.msu.edu)

Biomedical Research Informatics Core

The Biomedical Research Informatics Core (BRIC) delivers on the data needs of investigators in a scalable and affordable way by addressing the following areas: data management plans, human subjects protection, resource/facilities, databases, and data management and storage.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Grantwriting and support
Contact: Jonathan Babbage (jonathan.babbage@hc.msu.edu)

Center for Global Connections

Housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Center for Global Connections works with faculty to develop their global portfolios. Our goal is to reduce transactions costs so faculty can engage in good work globally.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Grantwriting and support
  • Partnerships with other public groups    
  • Economic development and competitiveness

Contact: Abby Rubley (rubleyab@msu.edu)

Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

In partnership with campus and community, the Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement advances community engaged learning at Michigan State University and prepares students for lifelong civic and social responsibility in an increasingly diverse and complex global society.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Renee Brown (rcbrown@msu.edu)

Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

The term “Translational Research" can have different meanings for various individuals and groups. At MSU-CTSI we attempt to engage the entire scope of translational research, as this is a natural extension of the land-grant mission of MSU. CTSI assists with the development, implementation, management, and completion of clinical health research (i.e., investigator-initiated research, clinical trials etc.) conducted at MSU and through its community partner network; expedites the research administration process and facilitates research compliance.
 

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Grantwriting and support
Contact: Marianne Chaps (marianne.chaps@hc.msu.edu)

Communications and Brand Strategy

Kim Ward and Jessi Adler lead the Academic Public Communication Initiative for Communications and Brand Strategy. This campus-wide initiative helps academics learn to communicate their scholarship in compelling and understandable ways, and to engage more with the public and media.

Broader Impacts Area

  • Communication to public

Contact: Kim Ward (kim.ward@cabs.msu.edu)

Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative

The Community Evaluation and Research Collaborative provides consultation to faculty on writing the evaluation sections of grant proposals and designing evaluations of their projects. They are also able to connect faculty with qualified evaluators to evaluate their projects.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Grantwriting and support
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Miles McNall (mcnall@msu.edu)

CREATE for STEM Institute

CREATE for STEM is a Michigan State University sponsored research institute. CREATE has five major focus areas for its work: creating and investigating change in K-16 STEM education, educational policy in STEM fields, discipline-based undergraduate STEM education, developing innovative and digital materials, and international engagement with the global STEM education community.

Within each of these areas, we build interdisciplinary and intergenerational research groups, foster new talent, provide seed money for initial work and support the grant writing process. CREATE is also a hub for the exchange of information and ideas, sponsoring conferences, workshops, seminars, and visiting scholars to enhance interest in STEM education and develop capacity in these fields here at MSU.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Bob Geier (bobgeier@msu.edu)

Digital Presence and Public Scholarship Initiative

The Digital Presence and Public Scholarship Initiative is a cross-campus collaborative effort to provide resources, workshops and consulting for faculty who are interested in using digital media to enhance and promote their scholarship.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Research and Scholarship

Contact: Scott Schopieray (schopie1@msu.edu)

Director of Youth Programs

The Office of the Director of Youth Programs promotes compliance of youth programs at Michigan State University with the operational requirements for conducting university youth programs. To support youth program coordinators, the director of Youth Programs communicates relevant information, best practices, and policies, and provides consultation, training, and development opportunities.

Broader Impacts Area

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships

Contact: David Chupak (chupakda@msu.edu)

Diversity Research Network - Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

The Diversity Research Network (DRN) connects faculty of color and scholars interested in diversity research, to create scholarly communities, facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations, and advance the growth and visibility of research by underrepresented faculty as well as research on diversity across MSU. The DRN emphasizes MSU’s value of diversity as excellence across all disciplines, and promotes this value through the support and resources it offers. The DRN is a support vehicle for enhancing research productivity, mentoring, and training emphasizing the unique research contexts of faculty of color and diversity scholars, grant and publication output, and meaningful collaborative research opportunities.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Grantwriting and support
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Lisa Fuentes (fuentesl@pres.msu.edu)

Gifted and Talented Education

The GATE office is dedicated to promoting differentiated educational programs for students in middle school and high school. The mission of the Gifted and Talented Education office is to provide educational experiences that allow gifted students to develop intellectually, to cultivate social relationships, and to expand their understanding of the world.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships

Contact: Susan Sheth (shethsus@msu.edu)

Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3)

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives leads and supports efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community, consistent with MSU's core values. We:
  • Design and deliver education and training for students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinate programs to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar E. Chavez
  • Coordinate grants to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion on campus
  • Coordinate scholarships for community-involved students
  • Conduct and support research on inclusion-related topics 

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning

Information Technology Empowerment Center

The Lansing-based Information Technology Empowerment center provides after-school programming in STEM areas for 4th-8th graders from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We particularly focus on coding, robotics, game design and other technology-based instruction. ITEC programs are provided in schools and community-based locations in the Lansing metro region.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Partnerships with other public groups    

Contact: Mallory DePrekel (mallory@iteclansing.org)

Institute for Public Policy and Social Research

The Institute for Public Policy and Social Research applies research to pressing public policy issues and builds problem-solving relationships between the academic and policymaker communities. The Institute:

  • Promotes and conducts research on issues of public policy
  • Provides survey research services
  • Produces public policy education and training programs
  • Initiates discussion of society's most pressing needs among diverse audiences

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Partnerships with other public groups
  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Arnold Weinfeld (weinfel8@msu.edu)

Julian Samora Research Institute

The Institute has current research/outreach initiatives targeting the needs of the Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods. A database is also being developed to serve as a resource on and for Hispanics. JSRI has organized a number of publication initiatives to facilitate the timely dissemination of current research and information relevant to Latinos.
 

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Rubén Martinez (mart1097@msu.edu)

MSU Broad Art Museum

The MSU Broad is an extension of the classroom. Together with faculty, we can integrate the museum’s collection, exhibitions, and events into your curriculum. Our education staff can teach university students in a wide-range of disciplines. We will work with you to offer educational experiences that explore meaningful connections between art and your curriculum. Students from all fields of study are encouraged to get involved with the museum. We offer a range of social, educational, and professional experiences tailored for the MSU student.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
Contact: Michelle Word (wordmich@msu.edu)

MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity

The MSU Center for Interdisciplinarity (C4I), located in the College of Arts and Letters, is an academic center of excellence for interdisciplinary activity. C4I seeks to maximize college and university strengths in interdisciplinary research and teaching and serve as a hub for interdisciplinary activity on campus. C4I aims to facilitate national and international conversations about interdisciplinarity involving the arts and humanities.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Partnerships with other public groups
  • Grantwriting and support

Contact: Michael O'Rourke (c4i@msu.edu)

MSU Detroit Center

The MSU Detroit Center is designed as a space for convening education, research, outreach and engagement and extension opportunities for colleges and units of the university and its partners and stakeholders.  The Center works to advance the university's work, impact and relationships both in the City of Detroit and more broadly in Southeast Michigan.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Partnerships with other public groups
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships

Contact: Jena Baker-Calloway (bakerca9@msu.edu)

MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute

The MSU Extension Children and Youth Institute provides educational programming and applied research programs in the areas of early childhood education and youth development across all 83 counties in Michigan. Programs focus on the needs of children and youth from birth through age 19, including the adults who support them (e.g., parents, families, early childhood providers, volunteers, community based organizations). The largest program under the umbrella of the Children and Youth Institute is 4-H, which serves over 200,000 Michigan youth annually. 

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups

Contact: Chelsea Hetherington (hether13@msu.edu)

MSU Extension Health and Nutrition Institute

MSU Extension programming promotes healthy lifestyles and empowers Michigan residents to take control of their health. Participants learn how to build nutritious diets on a budget, reduce foodborne diseases, and manage their diabetes and other chronic diseases. Keeping Michigan families strong and successful financially, emotionally and physically is a big part of measuring MSU Extension’s success. Programs devoted to keeping families strong include family budgeting, anger and stress management, parenting, and staying healthy as a caregiver.     

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Communication to public
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Dr. Dawn Contreras (contrer7@msu.edu)

MSU Museum

The MSU Museum aims to engage and inspire campus and community through science and culture. The Museum is one of the earliest established museums in the nation and has continued to preserve collections and serve learners since its opening on the campus in 1857. We are committed to exploring ways to integrate scientific and humanistic understandings of our changing world and our place within it.

View ideas on how to engage the public with the MSU Museum

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning

Contact: Denice Blair (dblair@msu.edu)

MSU Science Festival

The mission of the MSU Science Festival is to celebrate the many ways  science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (the STEAM disciplines) touch our everyday lives and shape our future, broaden public access to informal learning environments, create meaningful direct interactions with scientists, and inspire the workforce of the future.

Goals of the Festival are:

  • Provide a rare opportunity for people of all ages to experience STEAM live and discover new concepts through hands-on experiences and face-to-face interactions with faculty, staff, and students
  • Inspire future generations about STEAM fields and opportunities
  • Promote MSU as a champion of STEAM outreach and research across the state
  • Provide a platform for faculty, staff, and students to develop and hone informal science communication skills
  • Create networking opportunities with other scientific, cultural, and educational institutions

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Communication to public
  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Roxanne Truhn (truhnr@msu.edu)

Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships

The Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships (OCSP), Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, is committed to developing equitable relationships with community partners, partnering institutions, and other stakeholders to ultimately improve the health outcomes of the greater Flint community through effective community engaged research. The OCSP will serve as the institutional home of the Community Based Public Health Caucus (CBPHC) of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Vision: Optimal health for communities through equitable community-academic research partnerships
Mission: Promote community-engaged approaches to build mutually beneficial partnerships around the shared goal of improving community health and fostering community engaged scholarship.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Dr. Kent Key (kent.key@hc.msu.edu)

Office of International Research Collaboration

The Office of International Research Collaboration makes preparing grant proposals easier for MSU faculty. Specializing in international, multi-disciplinary proposals, we find funding opportunities, improve your proposal’s content and quality, and connect you to collaborators and donors.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Grantwriting and support

Contact: Callista Rakhmatov (ransomca@msu.edu)

Office of K-12 Outreach

The Office of K-12 Outreach, under the leadership of Acting Director Dr. Bryan Beverly, has unmatched experience in developing and implementing customized support for schools and districts in Michigan seeking to turnaround their schools and rapidly improve student achievement. Our unique field-oriented service organization within the university brings a 20-year history of collaboration with schools and districts across the state.     

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Bryan Beverly (beverlyb@msu.edu)

Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

OVPRGS provides grant proposal consulting, writing, and editing assistance for all types of submissions. Our grant specialists are also very familiar with the Broader Impacts component of the NSF proposal and can help with ideas, writing specific aims, and making connections to other resources across campus.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Grantwriting and support
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Lauren-Aerni Flessner (aernifle@msu.edu)

Science Gallery Lab Detroit

At the vanguard of the STEM to STEAM movement, Science Gallery is the world’s first university-linked network dedicated to public engagement with science and art. Our mission is to ignite creativity and discovery where science and art collide. Through our galleries and touring exhibitions, we are dedicated to inspiring and transforming curious minds through art and science, and have reached millions of 15-25 year olds worldwide. Our transdisciplinary programs feature emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design, and technology, presented in connective, participative, and surprising ways.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

The Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology

The Hub facilitates the passion and inventiveness of students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders both inside and outside of MSU to create, identify, and accelerate new ways to collaborate, learn, research, and deliver instruction.  The Hub is a space for innovation. We offer new ways to work, new physical spaces for collaboration, and a group of people who can help the campus design new ways to learn, develop assessments, research the use of learning analytics, and explore uses of digital technologies that will impact any learning environment.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Undergraduate Research

The MSU Undergraduate Research Office works to educate students on how to find and maximize their research experiences, expand the pool of faculty engaging undergraduate students in their scholarly work, and sponsor relevant programming for undergraduate students and their research mentors (faculty and graduate students). We sponsor two large undergraduate research forums (UURAF and MidSURE) each year and offer undergraduate research grants for undergraduate students.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups

Contact: Lizzy King (lizzy@msu.edu)

Upward Bound of Michigan State University

The Upward Bound program serves underrepresented, first generation youth and prepares them for success in post-secondary settings. As a pre-college oriented youth program, it consists of after school courses and tutoring on the MSU campus, summer coursework, and a summer residential component.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Dr. Stephanie Anthony (Antho105@msu.edu)

Usability and Accessibility Research and Consulting

Making sure students, faculty, and staff with disabilities are able to fully utilize systems and services is critical to successfully running an educational institution. Educational institution websites, digital resources, and course materials must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Our experts manually evaluate your website or digital content for critical accessibility violations. We can also assess your website or digital content's navigation, layout, and aesthetics. 

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Sarah Swierenga (swwieren@msu.edu)

Wharton Center Institute for Arts and Creativity

The Institute for Arts and Creativity facilitates arts education opportunities for children and adults through a variety of programs that includes musical theatre, classical theater, artist in residency programs, arts integration, playwriting, and performances for children, families and general audiences. Each year the Institute serves close to 30,000 learners in the state of Michigan.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning

Contact: Bert Goldstein (goldst72@msu.edu)

WKAR Public Media

WKAR Public Media is the public broadcasting station group for Michigan's Capital Region and includes four PBS affiliated television stations (WKAR HD, WKAR Create, WKAR World, and WKAR PBS KIDS), three NPR affiliated radio stations (90.5 WKAR FM, 870 WKAR AM, and 105.1 WKAR FM), and online streaming services at wkar.org. WKAR's educational and family initiative, WKAR Family, has worked to create meaningful partnerships across the MSU campus to showcase research initiatives and findings in a way that can immediately impact families, children, and caregivers. The WKAR Family segments featuring MSU researchers can be found on WKAR TV as well as online: tv.wkar.org/family/

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Communication to public

Contact: Julie Sochay (jsochay@wkar.org)