MSU Research Week returns in April to celebrate ‘Research that Matters’

A sign adjacent to the Colvard Student Union advertises Research Week
Mississippi State will celebrate the groundbreaking research taking place across campus during an extended Research Week April 2-12. (MSU file photo)

Contact: James Carskadon

Robots move across the YMCA Plaza during the 2023 research showcase
MSU will host a research showcase with interactive displays on April 9 as part of the university’s Research Week. (MSU file photo)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State will celebrate the university’s impactful research during an extended Research Week April 2-12.

With a theme of “Research that Matters,” this year’s Research Week includes several events to highlight the innovations that are driving solutions to current issues and shaping the future of scientific fields. The festivities include showcases, panels, a solar eclipse viewing event, research center tours and more, all culminating with the spring 2024 Undergraduate Research Symposium April 11-12. In addition to university-wide events, several academic colleges and departments are hosting events to highlight research in their fields. For a complete schedule of Research Week events, visit

Graduate student research will be the focus of a three-day Research Week gallery as images from the MSU Graduate School’s Images of Research Competition will be displayed in the Old Main Academic Center Atrium April 3-5. On April 4, MSU Libraries will host a roundtable discussion on plagiarism and research ethics with panelists from a wide range of disciplines on campus.

Campus-wide festivities continue on April 8 with MSU’s solar eclipse viewing taking place on the Drill Field from 12:30–3 p.m. On April 9, the Research Showcase will return to the YMCA Plaza from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The showcase will include more than a dozen interactive displays representing campus colleges and research centers, including several robots, vehicles and autonomous systems, as well as performances from faculty in the MSU Department of Music.

On April 10, the MSU community and the general public are invited to tour three centers housed in the Office of Research and Economic Development’s administrative building at 301 Research Blvd. From 12:30–2 p.m., the Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, Athlete Engineering Institute and Center for Cyber Education will be open for tours.

With research and development expenditures totaling more than $303 million in Fiscal Year 2022, MSU is among the top 100 research universities nationally. MSU researchers are working with students on worldwide challenges such as food security, solutions to diseases, social and economic disparity, and cybersecurity. The university is home to centers and institutes that are leaders in areas such as aerospace engineering, advanced manufacturing, automotive engineering, autonomous systems, agriculture, data analytics and social sciences, among other areas. For more, visit

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