Michigan Corpus of Upper-Level Student Papers (MICUSP)

The Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP) is a collection of around 830 A grade papers (roughly 2.6 million words) from a range of disciplines across four academic divisions (Humanities and Arts, Social Sciences, Biological and Health Sciences, Physical Sciences) of the University of Michigan (U-M), Ann Arbor. MICUSP was created by a team of researchers and students at the U-M English Language Institute (ELI).

Project leader: Dr. Ute Römer, University of Michigan
Time of compilation: 2004–2009
Size: 2.6 million words
Language: English
Number of texts/samples: 829
Period: 2002–2009
Released: 2009
Funding: English Language Institute, University of Michigan
Project home page: http://micusp.elicorpora.info/

Reference lines and copyright

Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers. (2009). Ann Arbor, MI: The Regents of the University of Michigan.

The Michigan Corpus of Upper-level Student Papers (MICUSP) is owned by the Regents of the University of Michigan (UM), who hold the copyright. The corpus has been developed by researchers at the UM English Language Institute. The corpus files are freely available for study, research and teaching. However, if any portion of this material is to be used for commercial purposes, such as for textbooks or tests, permission must be obtained in advance and a license fee may be required. For further information about copyright permissions, please contact Dr. Ute Römer at elicorpora@umich.edu.


A MICUSP Handbook is in preparation.


Ute Römer (project leader 2007 to present); Matthew Brook O’Donnell (technical project manager 2008 to present); Annelie Ädel (project leader 2005 to 2007); Rita Simpson-Vlach (project leader 2004 to 2005); John Swales (faculty advisor, 2004 to present)


The corpus is freely available to the global research and teaching community through a simple online search and browse interface. A more complex search interface and an XML-annotated corpus version for offline use are currently under development.

Technical information

The MICUSP corpus is marked up in XML.

Associated projects