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More than credit hours and graduation checklists, Purdue offers students a diverse range of learning opportunities — both in the classroom and beyond. These opportunities can be divided into four key categories:

Classroom Learning

Making the most of in-class contact

    Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation (IMPACT) is transforming the teaching and learning culture at Purdue. Through applying the latest research on teaching and on how students learn, Purdue is redesigning courses to improve students' learning outcomes as well as their GPAs.
  • Center for Instructional Excellence
    Supports classroom instructors with an array of resources, tools and tips with research-based, tested and proven teaching methods.
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Purdue offers support and empowerment through a variety of innovative technological resources that help faculty teach and students learn

Distance Learning

The Purdue Extended Campus division of distance learning provides a full-service instructional design staff that works one-on-one with instructors to build their online courses including constructing Blackboard shells to manage each of their courses.

Service Learning

Using classroom experience to make a difference in the community

Research Learning

Purdue offers undergrduate students a wide variety of programs that combine classroom learning with hands-on, interdisciplinary research.

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
    Helping students across engineering, science and technology disciplines discover a world of opportunity available to them through research
  • Indiana Database of University Research Expertise (INDURE)
    A database directing students to Purdue faculty who are working on a variety of research, based on the student’s area of interest
  • Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR)
    The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research has been established to publish outstanding research papers written by Purdue undergraduates from all disciplines who have completed faculty-mentored research projects. 
  • Discovery Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI)
    A research internship at Discovery Park
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
  • HHMI is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. To learn more about Purdue's HHMI undergraduate program, visit Purdue's HHMI site.
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  • The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students — especially those from disadvantaged or underrepresented groups — in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and preparing them adequately for graduate study. Contact LSAMP at (765) 496-7967.
  • Purdue Center for Cancer Research
  • Purdue's Center for Cancer Research studies cancers at the celluar level to discover how they develop; finds ways to detect cancer sooner and treat it more effectively; and shares its work with scientists and physicians worldwide. A variety of interdisciplinary research opportunities are available through the center. Contact them at (765) 494-9129.

Learning Spaces

    Purdue provides dedicated areas for learning, collaboration and growth.
  • Discovery Learning Research Center (DLRC)
    Located in Discovery Park, this center advances research surrounding learning in the STEM disciplines through funded research projects, innovative programs and collaborative partnerships.
  • Active Learning Spaces
    Purdue has four IMPACT classrooms on campus: the Hicks Learning Studio, two Hicks classrooms and the Learn Lab in Krannert's Parrish Library, all offering active learning spaces to support student-centered learning.
  • Center for Student Excellence and Leadership (CSEL)
    Scheduled to open by 2014, the 50,000-square-foot center located on Jischke Drive and Third Street will support student sucess by supplying meeting spaces for student organizations, a hub for student support services and living laboratory for learning, discovery and engagement.