Student Group Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the four student organizations selected to receive Student Group Grants for the 2017-2018 academic year. Each of the following organizations will receive $250 dollars, for a total of $1,000 in funds:


Working alongside MSU’s Dance program and sponsored by the Department of Theatre, Orchesis strives to enhance and enrich the presence of dance as an art form at Michigan State University. The group organizes technique classes and annual studio productions and concerts, supports local performing arts, and represents MSU at the American College Dance Festival. The Student Group Grant helped offset the cost for 10 students to attend the American College Dance Association regional conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, held March 21-25, 2018.


Closely linked to the Department of Theatre, stART (Spartan Theatrical Artist Resource Team) supports performing artists of all kinds and was founded to further educate and provide exposure for students pursuing careers in the arts. Currently, there are more than 75 student members, and the group has successfully held several workshops in a variety of areas, including Musical Theatre, Choreography, Auditioning, and Improvisation. The Student Group Grant helped offset registration and travel costs for 17 undergraduate seniors and four graduate students to attend the Broadway Actors Connection: College Showcase in New York City, held this month.


Since it was re-established in 2014, TEDxMSU has been a collaboration between MSU students, alumni, faculty, friends, and the East Lansing community. The 2018 event, scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, will feature interdisciplinary presenters expressing their past experiences, current projects, and future visions to promote inquiry and critical discussion. TEDxMSU is an opportunity for attendees to learn about new ideas that spur their own creativity and provides an invaluable networking opportunity. The Student Group Grant will assist with venue rental costs for the 2018 event.

Daughters of the Collective Mentoring and Research Program (DOC)

This group of female MSU undergraduate and graduate students mentor sixth and eighth grade girls who attend Lansing and Detroit schools. The Student Group Grant will support the DOC Overnight Experience held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. The overnight stay is a substantial part of the overall DOC program and serves to reinforce the overall theme of the mentoring program through various activities throughout the weekend.