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Region 8

Barry, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Ionia, Montcalm

Region Statistics

Enrolled Michigan Students
4,897

Enrolled Medical Students
210

Alumni Residing in region
47,006

Spending with Local Businesses
$199,719,904

Total Economic Impact
$3,008,962,090*

Staff/Faculty Residing in region
9,363

Financial Aid Disbursed
$74,340,116

4-H Youth Participants
9,519

Property Owned by MSU (Acres)
9,346

Medical Interns/Residents/Fellows
393

MSU Partner Hospitals
6

*Data is from an independent study by the Anderson Economic Group

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Partnerships & Programs


Michigan State University partners with communities, organizations and businesses throughout the state of Michigan. Here are just some of the many ways MSU is working in this region:


Celebrating Spartans: Bio-Engineering the future at MSU

Inside a new building on the campus of Michigan State University collaboration is happening between researchers from engineering, science and medicine in an effort to solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges. The president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna K. Simon, said it’s important to imagine what science will be like in the future. And she knew one visionary who could lead the way was Dr. Chris Contag. A professor from Stanford and a pioneer in molecular imaging, he was brought to MSU to share his vision for the Bio-engineering Building. (Read more)

Two grants help Michigan's elderly with in-home care

As Michigan’s population ages, an increasing number of residents will need better health care to remain in their homes, maintain the quality of their lives and avoid unnecessary hospitalization. Yet many don’t get it. Two Michigan State University College of Human Medicine researchers, supported by grants from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, hope to change that. (Read more)

MSU nets $1M NSF grant to recruit, prepare students for STEM careers

Thousands of jobs in the STEM fields of food, energy and the environment are going unfilled in the U.S. today. These applied biological disciplines are vital to our national and global security and economy, but graduate too few students to meet current and projected workforce demands. A team of Michigan State University researchers has landed a $1 million National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant to recruit, nurture and graduate students who are prepared for these careers. (Read more)

Broad faculty awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Two Michigan State University faculty from the Broad College of BusinessSupply Chain Management department were selected by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a presidentially appointed 12-member Board responsible for supervising the Fulbright Program worldwide, for Fulbright awards. Dr. Anand Nair earned the Fulbright-Aalto University Distinguished Chair award, and Dr. Srinivas Talluri earned the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics. (Read more)

College ranks in nation’s top-10 for online master’s programs

For the fourth consecutive year, Michigan State University has moved up in the national rankings for best online master’s degree programs in education. This year, MSU ranked 8th—cracking the top-10 for the first time—according to U.S. News & World Report. (Read more) 

MSU will build $100 million research center

Construction of a $100 million collaborative research building is slated to begin this summer on an already-crowded site on the south end of Michigan State University's campus. Plans for the 170,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building were approved unanimously by the MSU Board of Trustees last month. Work near the intersection of Bogue Street and Service Road is set to begin in August, with an expected completion date of August 2019. (Read more)

MSU to train local officials in med-mar licensing laws

Michigan State University will soon provide training to local governments to help them navigate a new state law concerning medical marijuana operations. The program is designed to help municipal officials better understand the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, which was signed last September. (Read more)

New ComArtSci and WKAR Research encourages STEM careers

A new research project asks how children can be encouraged to think of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as possible careers. A collaboration between WKAR Public Media and the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences (ComArtSci), the research explores the impact of a science program designed for elementary and middle-school students on their perceptions of science and a possible career in STEM. (Read more)

Supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the arts

When Cynthia Kay graduated from Michigan State University in 1975, she focused on transforming her double major in applied voice and television and radio into a career. Today, Kay owns a full-service media production company in Grand Rapids — one she founded in 1987 after a dozen years of seeking a career that combined her passions. As a small business owner, Kay believes in helping others shape their careers, as evidenced by her support of the MSU College of Music’s Running Start entrepreneurial program. (Read more)

Kyrgyzstan: Building capacity for a sustainable agriculture industry

The need for new, innovative solutions for Kyrgyzstan’s food and agriculture industry is clear, and it nabs the attention of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU). Kyrgyzstan did not stand alone for long. In the wake of the Soviet collapse, the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), a nonprofit international agricultural development organization operating across Africa and Asia, established a regional office to facilitate the development of the fledgling agricultural sector. MSU was among ICARDA’s partners at the time, the only land-grant university from the United States to join the organization’s consortium for Central Asia and the Caucasus. (Read more)

Putnam: Lansing girls get geeked about technology

Fewer than 1 in 20 girls, when asked about their future careers, plan to go into a science, technology, engineering or math career. About 15 fourth- to eighth-grade students, all girls, attend 2020 Girls at Wexford Montessori Academy in the Lansing School District, a free after-school program. It operates at three other sites in Lansing using instructors from Michigan State University. Created three years ago, it's part of the programming offered by the nonprofit Information Technology Empowerment Center. ITEC, which launched in 2008, is designed to encourage more students to go into what are called the STEM careers. That stands for science, technology, engineering and math. (Read more)

President Simon: Growing the value of a MSU degree in 2017

In 2017 President Simon says “we’ll continue to try to build strength and grow the value of a MSU degree in a lot of ways.  And we just need to make sure our students are well prepared not simply to be the coder or robot designer.  But there’s a literacy about technology that will go with financial literacy that we often talk about for students.  We have to be looking at our curriculum to make sure we’re there because that’s going to be the world that they’re going to live in for the next 40 years of their lives. (Read more)

MSU Extension honors Michigan Milk Producers Association with Key Partner Award

Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), a long-time supporter and partner of Michigan State University Extension, received the Key Partner Award from Michigan State University Extension for its longtime support and for its work helping the people of Flint during the water emergency. The Key Partner Award, presented at MSU Extension’s annual conference in October, is given to individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to creating, improving, supporting or promoting MSU Extension programs. (Read more)

MSU Foundation launches tech transfer fund

A new $5 million venture investing subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation called Red Cedar Ventures will help MSU-based business startups and technologies overcome early funding gaps, accelerate growth and provide growth-stage capital. In the past four years, the MSU foundation has deployed more than $2 million in pre-seed funding to more than 20 companies. Red Cedar Ventures will continue this kind of pre-seed investment. (Read more)

College of Human Medicine honored nationally for community service

The Association of American Medical Colleges, or AAMC, honored the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine for its outstanding contributions to medicine and community service on Sunday, Nov. 13, during the AAMC's annual meeting, Learn Serve Lead 2016. The medical college received the Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service recognizing its diverse partnerships in Flint and in rural Michigan areas that focus on improving health care across the state. (Read more)

Expanding biomedical engineering programs could boost state’s life sciences industry

A part of MSU’s College of Engineering, the Department of Biomedical Engineering aims to elevate the university’s role in supporting the biotech industry in Michigan and spin out new technologies into startup companies that commercialize research and innovation. (Read more)

MSU Bio Engineering Facility promotes cross-campus research

While Michigan State University’s newly opened Bio Engineering Facility will bring together dozens of researchers from across the campus representing a wide range of disciplines, their mission will be the same: To conduct futuristic, cutting-edge research that will improve or even save the lives of millions of people around the globe. “The Bio Engineering facility is more than just a building,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It represents the enormous opportunity for discovery and the vast potential for knowledge advancement that can be unlocked through scientific collaboration.” (Read More)

$1.5M gift from McLaren establishes first endowed chair of nursing at MSU

McLaren Greater Lansing has made a $1.5 million gift to Michigan State University to establish the College of Nursing’s first endowed chair position. Endowed chair and professorship positions provide top scholars with stable support to actively engage in leading-edge work. The support from an endowment provides a dependable, perpetual source of funding to sustain the position, as well as the ability to conduct research and scholarship as new opportunities arise. The donation is the second largest gift ever given to the nursing college. (Read more)

Lansing area youth takes unique approach to leadership

Stickel, 17, credits her enrollment in Michigan 4-H, a program of Michigan State University Extension, with giving her the confidence and leadership skills to grow from a shy girl into someone who’s comfortable showing animals in a ring in front of a crowd or giving a presentation to a room of people. The life skills taught through 4-H helped Stickel learn to work with others, overcome challenges and complete jobs once she started them. (Read more)

MSU launches school-to-work program for youths with disabilities

Starting this fall, Michigan State University is helping young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare for the workplace through a new on-campus internship program. Spartan Project SEARCH combines a successful national program with the expertise of MSU researchers and partners committed to improving outcomes for students during a time when many fall behind—the transition from school to work. (Read More)

$4.8M NIH grant addresses environmental influences on child health

A $4.8 million grant awarded to Michigan State University from the National Institutes of Health will help Michigan’s top three research universities, a leading health care system and a state health agency investigate how exposure to a range of environmental factors in early development influences the health of children and adolescents. Ten hospitals and 20 clinics throughout Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will participate in the study. (Read More)

MSU project helps school officials find most effective programs

One-third of Michigan’s public school administrators have nowhere to go for information about programs to help students deal with bullying and managing their emotions or building healthy relationships, according to a recent study by the Michigan School Program Information Project. As schools face mounting pressure to address student needs with evidence-based solutions, the project – funded by the William T. Grant Foundation and the National Institutes of Health – aims to understand the challenges principals and superintendents face in trying to find the most effective instructional and social skills programs. (Read More)

MSU students help area companies on tech projects

Nearly 20 teams of Michigan State University undergraduates are ready and waiting to help mid-Michigan businesses and nonprofits solve their digital problems. As part of the final course of their information technology minor, the students are required to work in cross-functional teams on real-world information technology projects. And they need some “clients.” (Read More)

‘Build habitat and they will come’: MSU research aims to bring bees back to Midwest farms

The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on. Dr. Rufus Isaacs, a bee researcher, and professor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, meets with the host, Kirk Heinze, on Greening of the Great Lakes to talk about the work he’s doing to bring bees back to the Midwest farms and gardens. (Read More)

Michigan 4-H helps youth build Developmental Assets

A three-year study shows Michigan 4-H youth are building Developmental Assets through positive relationships with leaders, empowering youth to be creators of their own development and helping others through service. (Read More)

Stockbridge farmer on the cutting edge of Michigan ag

Tim Boring studies some of the headier issues facing Michigan's agriculture industry. In his role with the Michigan Agri-Business Association, the 37-year-old Stockbridge native searches for new and potentially better ways to till fields, rotate crops, improve crop quality, reduce farm runoff and find new market opportunities. Boring earned a bachelor's degree in agri-science and master's and doctoral degrees in crop and soil sciences at MSU. He did research and taught undergraduate courses at the university. (Read More)

MSU brings better data to plant research

A new technology in plant research that is exclusive to MSU can be used to bolster production yield in crops or to breed plants that are heartier and able to withstand factors such as drought. (Read More)

Cherries and Beer Hops Growing Like Crazy in Michigan

Michigan State University research is leading to bumper crops of tart cherries and the resurgence of the state’s hops production. (Read More)

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams sneak peek draws in hundreds

More than 1800 people came out to get a sneak peek of this up and coming facility and excited would be an understatement. 6 News spoke with a couple scientific geniuses who say FRIB (Facility for Rare Isotope Beams) will not only benefit the greater Lansing area, but will help with unlimited amounts of research for the future. (See More)

Nearly 4,000 attendees learn about FRIB

Nearly 4,000 members of the public attended the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory open house on Aug. 20. The "Rare Access” event included activities, demonstrations, presentations and tours that allowed attendees to learn more about a world-leading science facility in operation (NSCL) and one in the making (FRIB). (Read More)

Hundreds pack into FRIB during open house

Nine-year-old Johanna Glinz of Montcalm Township was busy Saturday afternoon keeping a model molecule between two lines on a 10-foot-high clear cylinder. Using a handheld dial to control a fan at the base of the tube, the 4th-grader learned her task was similar to that of FRIB scientists, who will have to carefully monitor unstable molecules. "The scientists will also use electron microscopes to look at the particles," she said when her mother Jennifer Glinz prodded her to share what she'd learned. (Read More)

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MSU Extension District 8

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Ionia, MI 48846
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