OUR Scholars

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) continues the research scholarship program to recognize undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of a Purdue faculty or approved mentor. These annual, non-renewable, academic scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 ($500 per semester) and disbursed through the Division of Financial Aid, are funded through an equal matching agreement between the OUR and each of the participating Colleges and Schools.

OUR Scholars are full-time undergraduate researchers who excel in their programs. OUR Scholars are determined for a full academic year and must meet certain program requirements, such as presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference or "Celebrate..." events and attending professional development seminars.

Applications are now closed for the 2020-21 OUR Scholars cohort.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed for Education.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed for HHS.

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed for the Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications are no longer being accepted.

Applications are now closed.

OUR Scholar Qualifications

  • Full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) in good academic standing at the West Lafayette campus - includes PharmD students who have not been awarded a bachelor's degree - for the entire 2020-21 academic year.
  • Preference is given to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Work on the same, year-long project for two academic semesters (Fall 2020 and Spring 2021).
  • Students with multiple majors, including the Honors College, shall select a single college or school to review their application. Students who plan to work with a Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) faculty member should select their own college(s) and then select PULSIS for the final review.
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute projects: Proposed research projects from students in the Polytechnic Institute must align with one or more of the Polytechnic research impact areas:  Realizing the Digital Enterprise, Future Work and Learning, and Holistic Safety and Secruity.  Descriptions for each can be found on the Polytechnic research office website.  Faculty support letters must describe how proposed projects are in alignment with one or more research impact areas.
  • Previous OUR Scholar recipients are not eligible.

OUR Scholars Expectations

  • Enroll and pass a one-credit undergraduate research online course for each semester as an OUR Scholar - most will enroll in GS 29501 and GS 39501, but previous enrollment status in these courses may alter the actual course
  • Disseminate research at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring or the Celebrate Purdue's Thinkers, Creators, and Experimenters showcase in the spring, if available
  • Submit two end-of-the-semester reports of their undergraduate research experience as an online course assignments
  • Failure to adhere to these expectations or to receive an exception from the Office of Undergraduate Research may result in a full or partial scholarship revocation

The announcement of scholarships will be provided to selected students by May 20, 2020 May 9, 2020. The change in this date is due to the COVID-19 crisis requiring faculty and students to focus on other items in addition to completing scholarship applications.

 Sponsoring Academic Units:
College of Agriculture · College of Education · College of Engineering · College of Health & Human Sciences · College of Liberal Arts · College of Pharmacy · College of Science · Honors College · Krannert School of Management · Purdue Polytechnic Institute · Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

Scholarship Opportunity for Summer 2020 - Applications no longer being accepted.

2019-20 & selected 2020-21 OUR Scholars can receive an exclusive summer scholarship of up to $1,500 to either extend or begin their research in Summer 2020. This scholarship is available to full-time students (minimum 6 credits) at Purdue during the summer - these credits could be research, online, or in-person credits, but must include a one-credit, online course hosted by the OUR from this list.

Students interested in receiving this scholarship should apply to the Summer Session form to already have the application submitted by the time OUR Scholar selections are made. Those individuals not selected as an OUR Scholar will not receive this scholarship.

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