Center for the Environment

Summer Undergraduate Student Research Internships

Summer 2015

Deadline: Monday March 2, 2015 at 5pm

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 to submit an application.

The application should include:

  1. Cover Page: The cover page should be completed and then signed by both the applicant and the faculty research mentor. Click here to download the cover sheet.
  2. Project Description: Limited to 2 typewritten pages (Arial 11 point font and ½ inch margins). References do not count in the page limitation.
    1. Provide a short statement describing the proposed project in language for a non-specialist. (This statement will be posted on the C4E website.)
    2. State the goals, significance of project, method of approach of proposed activities, and expected final outcome.
    3. Provide a short description on how the experience will benefit the student’s educational and/or professional goals.
    4. Describe how the project fits within the C4E Strategic Vision.
  3. An unofficial student transcript.

Applications are to be submitted by e-mail to Rose Filley, C4E Managing Director, by 5pm on Monday March 2, 2015.

Applications will be reviewed and ranked by a subcommittee of the C4E executive committee based on quality and feasibility of the research design, significance of the research project, benefit to the student, and fit to the C4E strategic vision. Final funding recommendations will be made by the same C4E subcommittee and approved by the C4E director. Up to 6 awards are expected to be available. Awards will be available immediately following the spring semester.

Student interns will be required to:

  1. Write a short final report describing the results of the summer research project. A template will be provided to awardees and will be due at the end of August.
  2. Present their research project in a poster presentation at the Discovery Learning Research Center Undergraduate Student Recognition Luncheon usually held at the end of July and the C4E Community Mixer in the fall.

For questions, please contact Dr. Jennifer Freeman, Associate Professor, School of Health Sciences, e-mail:, phone: 765-494-5146 or Rose Filley, C4E Managing Director, e-mail:, phone: 765-496-3211.

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