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Entomology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Entomology’s research portfolio consists of basic science that builds on strengths in insect/plant interactions, and applied pest management research focused on stakeholder needs and priorities. We work on a range of insect and nematode problems using diverse tool-sets and varied disciplinary approaches. Our research areas include: Arthropod Molecular Biology and Genomics, Pest Management, Host Plant/Insect/Nematode Interactions, Environmental and Evolutionary Entomology, International Development and Cooperation and Insect Science Education.

Contact: Amanda Wilson at apendle@purdue.edu
Website: Entomology

Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Digital Agriculture

Looking to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of digital agriculture and data science? This student-centered, active-learning environment allows undergraduates to put data into action and communicate processes and results effectively. The 10-week experiential research program will run from mid-May through mid-August at Purdue. Benefits include strong faculty mentoring in small groups across many disciplines, a $5,250 stipend for travel and living costs, optional academic course credit (if chosen, tuition is required), access to state-of-the-art research facilities, interaction with industry stakeholders, and a resume builder. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States and must have completed at least one academic semester of full-time study at associate’s or bachelor’s degree level.

Summer 2021 Deadline: February 8, 2021.

Contact: Dennis Buckmaster at dbuckmas@purdue.edu

Website: NIFA REEU

Undergraduate Research Training Program

Undergraduate students have a wonderful opportunity to gain invaluable research experience through the Undergraduate Research Training Program (URT) in the College of Education. Qualified students at the sophomore, junior or senior level in any academic discipline who are interested in research on teaching and learning are eligible for this program. Generally, a cumulative index of 3.00 is expected for admission to the program.

Contact: Youli Mantzicopoulos-James at mantzi@purdue.edu

Website: URT

Engineering Projects In Community Service

EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations.

Contact:  epics@purdue.edu

Website:  EPICS

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to earn academic credit while engaging in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges. Students can participate on interdisciplinary and vertically-integrated teams (first-year through seniors) with faculty and graduate student mentors for multiple semesters to address these real-world research and design challenges.

Contact: vip@purdue.edu

Website: VIP

Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships (GEP2)

In celebration of the accomplishments Purdue engineering students and faculty have made in tackling international development challenges and to inspire greater achievements in this field, the I2D Lab Exposition is held every Spring at the end of March.

Contact: gep@purdue.edu

Website: GEP

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Program

The SURF program provides undergraduates opportunity to gain hands-on research experience by exploring a topic of interest alongside a Purdue professor and graduate student. During the 11-week summer program, students develop their knowledge of the research process by contributing to a real world project, network with other researchers, and present their discoveries at the end of the summer. The program offers full time, paid research positions on the Purdue campus and is open to students from all disciplines.

Contact: Darshini Render at surf@purdue.edu

Website: SURF

Mechanical Engineering Scholarships & Information

Website: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ME/Undergraduate/ResearchOpportunities

 

SURGE program: Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Engineering (SURGE)

Website:  SURGE

Department of Nutrition Science Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Nutrition Science has several opportunities available for undergraduate students interested in research. Research course credit is available for Purdue students in summer, fall, and spring semesters. This can either be done as part of the Nutrition Science Honors Program or as an independent study. All undergraduate research projects are mentored by tenure track faculty members. In addition, some faculty in Nutrition Science hire undergraduate students for pay to assist with research projects on an as needed basis.

Contact Dorothy Teegarden, PhD at dteegard@purdue.edu

Website: Department of Nutrition Science

HHS Undergraduate Honors Scholars Program

The HHS Undergraduate Honors Scholars Program is a twelve-month program that engages undergraduate students in cutting-edge research with mentors in HHS. The program is highly interdisciplinary with student participants and researchers from across. The program provides a summer stipend to participate full time and scholarships each semester in the scholarly work with the mentor. The program also provides professional development opportunities and working in teams to develop programs to impact areas relevant to the college of HHS. Participation is competitive and all majors in HHS are encouraged to apply.

The program provides a stipend ($4,500) over the summer and a scholarship ($250/semester in the academic year) of work with a faculty mentor on a scholarly research project.

2020-21 Information: Apply online from February 28-March 27 (deadline extended)

Contact HHS_Undergrad_Research@purdue.edu

Website: HHS Research Opportunities

HDFS-Department of Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) has many opportunities available for undergraduate students interested in research. There are a wide array of projects ongoing at any point in time – from projects about infant sleep to those on patient-physician communication and countless other topics that have to do with people’s well-being. Research course credit is available in summer, fall, and spring semesters. Many professors welcome volunteers. In addition, some faculty in HDFS hire undergraduate students for pay to assist with research projects on an as needed basis.

Contact Doran C. French, PhD at dcfrench@purdue.edu

Website: Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunities

There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in innovative research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. We encourage undergraduate students to explore the department webpage to see the range of research laboratories. Research course credit is available in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. In addition, some faculty in SLHS hire undergraduate students for pay to assist with research projects on an as needed basis.

Contact Alexander Francis, PhD at francisa@purdue.edu

Website: http://www.aidasy.com/hhs/slhs/undergraduate/beyond_the_classroom/research.html

Department of Psychological Studies

PSY 39000 is a course where students work as research assistants on projects managed by a faculty member or graduate student in the Department of Psychological Sciences.

Website: http://www.aidasy.com/hhs/psy/undergraduate/beyond_the_classroom/research.html

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URSA - Undergraduate Research in STEM Applications

The URSA program supports the engagement of undergraduate students in NASA-related STEM research. Students conduct research part-time, participate in an online research course, and engage in monthly professional development seminars. URSA offers opportunities for undergraduate student research internships for the spring 2020 semester. URSA Scholars earn a $500 scholarship from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium in recognition of their selection.

Student eligibility: URSA is open to full-time Purdue undergraduates with a minimum 2.7 GPA, good academic standing, and US citizenship. This program includes PharmD students who have not been awarded a bachelor's degree.

Students can apply for projects from January 10-22, 2020 through the OURConnect system.

Contact Amy Childress at childres@purdue.edu

Website: OURConnect

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) Program

The Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program is designed to involve Purdue undergraduates in the interdisciplinary research environment of Discovery Park. The program provides opportunities for students to work with researchers affiliated with Discovery Park on cutting edge research projects that involve combining two or more disciplinary strengths. Working closely with researchers, students experience the excitement, challenge, and power of truly interdisciplinary research in the fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment that is Purdue's Discovery Park.

Contact Kate Mitsch for DURI at duristudent@purdue.edu

Website: DURI Website

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to earn academic credit while engaging in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges. Students can participate on interdisciplinary and vertically-integrated teams (first-year through seniors) with faculty and graduate student mentors for multiple semesters to address these real-world research and design challenges.

Contact: vip@purdue.edu

Website: VIP

Cancer Prevention Internship Program

The Cancer Prevention Internship Program (CPIP) is a twelve month program which engages undergraduate and graduate students in cutting-edge cancer prevention research with mentors from across campus. The program is highly interdisciplinary with student participants and faculty mentors from almost every college. The program is unique because of the breadth of disciplines the students are exposed to and that they are trained to optimize their understanding of the importance and ability to work in highly interdisciplinary teams, which is critical to address the complexity of cancer prevention.

Website: Students

Center for the Environment Summer Undergraduate Student Research Internships

The C4E Summer Undergraduate Student Research Internship offers students an opportunity to work with a Purdue Faculty Mentor on a field or laboratory-based research project related to the environment. These research internships will provide support for 20 hours per week for 8 weeks at $10 per hour. Faculty can match this support for full-time work but is not required. Any Purdue University Undergraduate Student in good standing is eligible to apply. Students must work with a Purdue University Faculty Mentor that is an affiliate of C4E to submit an application.

Contact Timothy Filley at environment@purdue.edu

Website: Website

Interns for Indiana and for Entrepreneurship

The Purdue Interns for Indiana program, partially funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., is an innovative approach to keeping Indiana's college graduates in Indiana. By matching high-quality student interns with Indiana startup companies, Purdue aims to accelerate company growth while providing students with valuable educational experiences.

Contact: Aimee Griggs, Office of Professional Practice at aimgrigg@purdue.edu

Website: ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION | Interns for Indiana

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.

Contact Ignacio Camarillo at Ignacio@purdue.edu

Website: LSAMP

The Data Mine

The first large-scale living learning community for undergraduates from all majors, focused on Data Science for All. Hillenbrand Hall has an 800-student capacity. It is filled with new learning communities of students preparing for the data-driven workforce of the 21st century.

Contact The Data Mine at datamine@purdue.edu

Website: The Data Mine

Purdue Alliance For Graduate Education & Professoriate (AGEP)

Interested in getting a jump start on your graduate research let me tell you how. The Purdue AGEP campus offers a unique opportunity for incoming graduate students. Once you have been admitted to one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) disciplines, you can ask your department to nominate you for the AGEP Bridge Transitional Program. You will conduct research over an eight week period and receive a $5,000 stipend. In addition, transportation costs and on campus housing will be covered.

Contact Kathy G. Dixon at kgdixon@purdue.edu

Website: AGEP

Network for Computational Nanotechnology Undergraduate Research Experience (NCN-URE)

The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) funds a number of undergraduate research projects each summer in several science and engineering areas; projects may be multidisciplinary. We are looking for enthusiastic and qualified students with a strong background in engineering, physics, computer science or math who can code in at least one language (such as Python, C++, or MATLAB). Applicants should have completed their 1st year at Purdue by the start of summer and must satisfy the requirements of the specific project(s). Details about the program, including project descriptions and past projects, are available at https://nanohub.org/groups/ncnure.

Contact Tanya Faltens at nanohubresearch@gmail.com

Website: https://nanohub.org/groups/ncnure

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR)

Studies cancers at the cellular level to discover how they develop, progress and respond to treatment. Finds ways to detect cancer sooner and treat it more effectively. Shares its work with scientists and physicians worldwide to save and enhance human lives.

Apply through SROP

Website: Cancer Research

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Program

The SURF program provides undergraduates opportunity to gain hands-on research experience by exploring a topic of interest alongside a Purdue professor and graduate student. During the 11-week summer program, students develop their knowledge of the research process by contributing to a real world project, network with other researchers, and present their discoveries at the end of the summer. The program offers full time, paid research positions on the Purdue campus and is open to students from all disciplines.

Contact Darshini Render at surf@purdue.edu

Website: SURF | | Summer Programs

Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program

The Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship (Wilke) program was made possible by a generous bequest from the Margo Katherine Wilke Trust and receive additional support from the Office of the President. The program is intended to nurture a lifelong interest in learning and appreciation of the humanities and other liberal arts disciplines which were important to Margo Katherine Wilke Melichar. In addition, it seeks to stimulate awareness of advanced research and promote interest in graduate education.

Contact Holly Tittle-Hudson at htittleh@purdue.edu

Website: Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Krannert School of Management Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) program at Krannert offers research projects. To learn about the GSCMI projects, please connect with Steve Dunlap at dunlops@purdue.edu.

If you are looking for other Krannert research opportunities, please connect with your professors or centers at Krannert.

Centers suggested to explore include: BIAC, GSCMI, Jane Brock Wilson Women Center, and Center for Economic Research at Purdue. Advisors can also direct students to courses with a research focus.

Contact Cara Putman, Continuous Term Lecturer - contact for Honors College projects @ cputman@purdue.edu

Website:  ISEEK

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Program is available to all students interested in any aspect of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Positions are available in each of the three departments in the College. Up to 5 fellowships may be awarded. These fellowships are supported in part by The Janet '38 and Willliam Strang Pharmacy Endowment, The Jim and JeanAnne Chaney Pharmacy Student Support Fund, and The Henry and Sherrill Bryant Endowment.

Contact Eric Barker @ barkerel@purdue.edu

Website: Summer Fellowships

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Physics explores the fundamental mysteries of nature ... from how the universe was created, to how biological systems function, to how to create new forms of matter. The strength of Purdue's physics department is its internationally recognized research in the areas of astrophysics, high energy physics, geophysics, nanophysics, nuclear physics, sensor technology, biophysics and more.

Contact Sergei Savikhin @ sergei@physics.purdue.edu

Website: REU

Applied Research

Advance the frontiers of knowledge, innovate technologies that address the grand challenges of society to serve humanity, and improve the quality of life around the world. While remaining grounded in our rich heritage of classroom instruction, the College of Technology has heightened its efforts in pursuing funded research. We believe that incorporating active research into the curriculum makes for a richer learning experience and reaffirms the practical use-inspired nature of the technology disciplines.

Contact Steve Elliott at elliott@purdue.edu

Website: Research

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Graduate students will have three minutes to present a compelling discussion on their research topic, its significance and relevance to the general public. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or 'dumbing-down' research but forces competitors to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. It is a celebration of the discoveries made by graduate students and will allow the broader community to learn about on-going research at Purdue.

Website: 3MT

Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program

The goal of the Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program is to increase the number of veterinarians involved in biomedical and clinical research. The program provides an opportunity for veterinary students and undergraduate students interested in veterinary medicine to explore non-practice careers by engaging in a mentored research project and through informal and formal interactions with scientists. Veterinary students also will travel to the Boehringer Ingelheim NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.

Contact Harm HogenEsch @ vetresearch@purdue.edu

Website: Veterinary Scholars

Center for Paralysis Research

Since its inception in 1987, the CPR has been involved in three human clinical trials (including multiple canine trials) as well as having one therapy being sold and marketed for patients with multiple sclerosis. This history of translational research is unique at Purdue and underscores our commitment to improving quality of life for both animals and humans. Dr. Jianming Li created a "Tips" sheet for those undergraduates who would like to see research opportunities.

Website: CPR Website

Summer Research Program for Students and Pre-vet Students (SROP)

The Purdue SROP has the goal of enhancing diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. It is our aim to encourage talented undergraduate students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers to pursue graduate education, and to enhance their preparation for graduate study. This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.

Email srop@purdue.edu

Website: SROP

Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is open to any student who:

  • At the time of application, is a college junior, college senior, or graduate student who intends to pursue a full-time career in the commercial spaceflight industry.

    • Commercial space is broadly defined as activities in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation that will enable new or dramatically improved products or services that do not depend solely on government cost-plus contracting to prove viable. In its most aspiring terms, commercial space promises to alter the space industry through new business models that will open up the space frontier.

  • Has earned an engineering or science degree, or is working towards one at the time the Fellowship begins.

  • Has a diversity in experience and academic interests such as in engineering, science, management, business, and other related fields that can be related to commercial space.

  • Is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (green card holder) due to export control regulations at the host companies.

Website: Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program

2020 Cohort Application Deadline: December 2, 2019

Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (SURE)

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (S.U.R.E.) program is committed to increasing the number of qualified students who are traditionally under-represented in STEM fields. These include but are not limited to students from racial/ethnic minority groups, women, or first-generation college students.

Website: GA Tech SURE

 

NASA

NASA has opportunities for supported internships, fellowships and scholarships.

Website: NASA

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST laboratories which are the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), Engineering Laboratory (EL), and Information Technology (ITL), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), and NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations. Only U.S. citizens or permanents resident are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.

Contact Darshini Render at render@purdue.edu

Website: SURF

 

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers.

Website: NSF

Pathways to Science

Paid summer undergraduate research placements with NSF REU, NASA, and others.

Website: Pathways to Science

Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Contact Darshini Render at render@purdue.edu

 

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