The Graduate School Advance to a Higher Degree

Program Description

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. All qualified students, including but not limited to African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply. Participants will be selected on the basis of their interest in pursuing a doctoral degree, relevant college coursework and grades, letters of recommendation, and their ability to contribute to the goal of the program. The program is supported by the Graduate School, Center for Cancer Research, Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate and other groups on the Purdue campus.


Undergraduate students are eligible for consideration if they:

  • are currently enrolled in a degree granting program at a U.S. college or university;
  • have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  • have an interest in pursuing a research based doctoral degree
  • can provide recommendation letters from faculty or research advisors
  • are available to participate in the entire eight-week summer program.


Program Components

  • Round trip transportation
  • University housing for 8 weeks
  • Generous Research Stipend
  • Workshops on preparation for GRE
  • Poster and Oral Research Presentations
  • Professional Development Seminars
  • Access to Libraries, Computers, Research Labs, & Health Center
  • Social Activities

Questions regarding this program may be emailed to

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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