STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) _ Mississippi State University researchers are studying ways to make information searches on the Internet easier.

The work is being funded by a $2 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center.

``The Defense Department, which has a large training and education component, wants to assure that effective instruction is taking place on the Internet,'' said Richard D. Koshel of MSU's Center for Educational and Training Technology.

The center is leading the research effort that includes a subcontract with the University of Hawaii.

The MSU research team will include faculty members in education, physics and engineering.

Koshel said the job will be monumental.

``The Internet is experiencing explosive growth, with the amount of information doubling every 18 months,'' he said. ``It is our goal to create a system than enables the average Internet user to pull together very specific information efficiently.''