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There are a variety of options available to you to pursue a research experience during your undergraduate studies.:

  • Research programs
  • Independent study or individually arranged projects with a professor
  • On-campus or off-campus
  • Academic year or summer
  • Credit or experience
  • Internships with companies
  • Research abroad

Independent Study or Individually Arranged Projects with a Professor

Most undergraduates who conduct research while at Purdue do so through individual arrangements with Purdue faculty. For these arrangements, you can start with a course that is particularly interesting and in which you do well. The professor teaching that course may have opportunities in his or her research group to which you could contribute and would welcome your inquiry. Or you may identify a potential research topic from course material or after reviewing the professor’s research interests and recent publications. Almost every academic unit has at least one course designation for independent study or research (ex: BIOL 49400, IE 49900, SOC 39000, AGRY 39900) with the credit variable depending on the time commitment involved.

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