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Multi-Subject and Interdisciplinary Programs

Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Summer Research Opportunities Program

Joseph Miller
Email: cicsropcoord@staff.cic.net
Phone: 217-244-4899 
Fax: 217-244-7127
1819 South Neil Street
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61820-7271


  • Undergraduate student
  • 3.0 or above GPA
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in US or US Territory degree-granting college or university
  • Completed at least 2 semesters of undergrad study
  • Have 1 semester undergrad study remaining
  • Strong interest in PhD

Funding: Yes
Keywords: All fields available

Choose an area of interest and be matched with one of the top researchers in your field. Work one-on-one with faculty mentors, develop a paper describing your project, and present your results at a campus symposium. Seminars, workshops, and social gatherings will help prepare you for advanced study.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who enroll in graduate school at CIC universities and who pursue academic careers. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, established in 1958, is the academic consortium of 15 major teaching and research universities in the Midwest, including Purdue University. Purdue hosts 40-50 multicultural students each summer through the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), providing them with a stipend in addition to a dual-occupancy apartment, travel expenses, and health insurance.

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

Lisa Kirkham
Email: lkirkham@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2424
Fax: 765-494-5040

Purdue University
Hall for Discovery and Learning Research,
Room 204
207 S. Martin Jischke Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue sophomore, junior, or senior; minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0; available during the academic year and summer session (limited space in summer)
Funding: Undergraduate credit and scholarship (academic year); Stipend (summer)
Keywords: Interdisciplinary research, Discovery Park, academic year

Experience the excitement, challenge, and power of truly interdisciplinary research in the fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment of Purdue's Discovery Park. Work closely with faculty on cutting edge research that combines two or more disciplinary strengths (such as nanoscience and bioscience, or perhaps information technology, business, and communications). Applications accepted every semester. A list of available internship opportunities and the on-line application are posted on the Web site.

Interns for Indiana

Email: interns4Indiana@purdue.edu

Phone: 765-496-1617
Fax: 765-494-5040

Purdue University Interns for Indiana
Hall for Discovery and Learning Research,
Room 204
207 S. Martin Jischke Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue students with at least a junior standing, all majors, minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0; working on their first bachelor's degree.
Funding: Stipend/Undergraduate credit available
Keywords: Business skills, entrepreneurship, many companies available

Explore a wide variety of fields and learn about the business world through both education and experience. Through a seminar series and other activities, students will explore entrepreneurial issues and skills, have opportunities to network and develop as a community, and earn an academic credit each semester. Qualified students will be eligible for placement in a paid internship with a start-up company. Internships are not required, nor are they guaranteed.

The application can be found at:www.purdue.edu/dp/ifi

LSAMP Summer Research Program

Dr. Ignacio Camarillo
Email: Ignacio@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-7967

Purdue University, MSEE 386
501 Northwestern Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue undergraduate students with an emphasis on students historically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Agricultural Science & Agricultural Engineering. Must be a US citizen, national or permanent US resident.
Funding: Stipend
Keywords:LSAMP, STEM, Undergraduate Research

This 10-week summer program allows Purdue undergraduate students to conduct research under the direction of a Purdue faculty members and their graduate team. Students gain hands-on research experience by participating in cutting-edge research projects, build a supporting relationship with AGEP scholars via mentoring and coaching. Students attend professional development workshops and activities, complete a STEM K-12 community service project, network with other students conducting research across campus and present their results in the form of a poster and oral presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Discovery Park, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and the NSF.

Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Dr. Clark Gedney
Dr. Kathy Garza Dixon
Email: Srop@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2600

Purdue University
The Graduate School
Attn: Purdue SROP
Ernest C. Young Hall 170
302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108

Eligibility: Completed sophomore year (but not graduated) by June and considering future graduate study. Students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers, including McNair Scholars, are encouraged to apply.
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Most fields available

Pursue research in one of Purdue’s 70+ programs. As an incoming participant, you will be matched with a faculty mentor in your area of interest, and you will undergo an intensive research experience. The program includes a GRE workshop, career seminars, participation in a Midwest summer research opportunities program, presentation of posters and oral reports, social activities on weekends, and a closing banquet. Be sure to also check out the partner programs, including the Purdue Cancer Center Summer Research Program.

The goal of the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is to enhance diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. All qualified students, including but not limited to, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply.

Summer Bridge Program

Supported by the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).

Dr. Kathy G. Dixon
Program Director
Email: kgdixon@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-1123
Or, contact your program of interest.

Eligibility: Incoming Purdue graduate student in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or agricultural science fields
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Accepted students; science, technology, engineering, and math fields

Participate in a summer research experience with your department and network with your peers. This summer experience will prepare you for the upcoming year at Purdue University by providing professional development opportunities that will assist you throughout your academic programs. This bridge program is for all qualified students, including but not limited to, underrepresented multicultural students on a path toward success in Purdue’s graduate programs. Come take advantage of this opportunity for mentoring with current Purdue graduate students and faculty.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (SURF)

Vicki Leavitt
Program Manager
Email: surf@purdue.edu
Web site: www.purdue.edu/surf
Phone: 765-496-2349

Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 2000
Purdue University
701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Eligibility: Undergraduate students currently enrolled at US institutions in engineering and science disciplines.
Funded: Stipend
Keywords: SURF, Engineering, Science, Research

During the summer, undergraduate students conduct research activities under the guidance of a Purdue faculty member and a graduate student mentor. By closely working with other creative and innovative people, students explore, discover, and transform ideas into reality to advance society and improve people's lives.

In addition to conducting research full time for 11 weeks, students attend professional development activities and social events, network with other researchers and present their results at the end of the summer.