Graduate student life

When you are not taking part in exciting, rewarding research at the FRIB Laboratory, there is much to do to have an exciting, rewarding life outside of the laboratory. Participate in activities outside of research to have a well-rounded, rewarding experience overall.

Fun and friendship

The graduate students at FRIB participate in a number of different groups and activities. To name a few: 

The MSU Office of Admissions website has information about additional student organizations and networking opportunities.

The Grand Canonical Ensemble (Physics Choir)

Physics Choir is a group of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty physicists who meet for one hour twice a week to sing together, just for fun. The choir performs twice a year at departmental end-of-semester gatherings.

Art Afternoons

During Art Afternoons, physicists at MSU at any level (undergrad, grad student, post-doc, staff, faculty, etc.) get together with other artistically inclined physicists and make art for a couple hours every week.

Outreach and enrichment

The graduate student organization Women and Minorities in the Physical Sciences (WaMPS) coordinates several activities throughout the year. Some are enrichment activities for graduate students, and others are outreach activities for the community by graduate students. 

Life in Lansing

The Lansing region is a nice place to live with a low cost of living. Home to MSU and the state capital, the region offers many cultural, sporting, and outdoor activities. Beyond Lansing, you’re always only a short drive away from a Great Lake and other recreational, dining, and cultural opportunities Michigan offers.