Services for Graduate Students

Michigan State University and NSCL offer comprehensive services for graduate students both in and out of the laboratory.

At the laboratory, each student has his/her own desk with a computer, bookshelf and file cabinet, and office space is administered by the students themselves. The lab has its own 24-hour access research library, though the Physics and Astronomy and Chemistry libraries are also nearbye.

While working on your research project, purchasing items in support of your efforts go through a helpful purchasing department. But the lab may be able to make it in-house, as NSCL has complete electronics and mechanical engineering departments and a modern machine shop equipped with a variety of CNC machines capable of building complex parts for experimental equipment.

Your thesis will include beam time on one of the world's premier rare isotope facilities. You get the full experience from writing the proposal to presenting the research at worldwide conferences, which provides exposure to senior colleagues and helps in finding new job opportunities after graduation.

Outside of the laboratory, graduate students can get involved with the MSU Council of Graduate Students or take advantage of the Service-Learning Center, which acts as a clearing-house for volunteers who strive to combine research, teaching, and service.

Or if you are interested in teaching you should consider the Certification in Teaching College Science and Mathematics. This is a voluntary comprehensive program to prepare graduate students in the College of Natural Science for careers in post-secondary education, and it provides demonstrable evidence of your qualifications as a teacher.

Additionally, Michigan State University’s Graduate School has compiled a list of resources around the university to help you succeed. The Graduate School’s website is also the authority on dissertation and graduation information.

Finally, the Writing Center offers a variety of services for graduate students when writing papers, journal articles, or dissertations, while the Counseling Center offers consultation and assessment, time-limited professional counseling, self-help resources, and appropriate referrals to MSU students who are in pursuit of academic and personal goals.