You'll want to have undergraduate research and/or independent project experience if you plan to be competitive for prestigious scholarships. There are several ways undergraduate students can become involved in research and independent projects:
- Talk to your academic advisor or to faculty with whom you've established a relationship about opportunities that may be available.
- Participate in research programs during the summer or academic year. One place to start your search for available programs is the Graduate School website.
- Participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.
- Take advantage of exceptional opportunities right here at Purdue through the SURF Program and Discovery Park.