Expectations for participating students

SROP participants must be prepared to make a full-time commitment to their research. Participants are expected to:

  • Participate in the program for the full period, June 2 – July 26, 2024.
  • Contact their faculty mentor prior to June 2024 to discuss their research project and identify reading materials that will prepare the participant to begin working on the research project. Usually, some participants require special access to buildings or take online training programs.
  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours per week on their research projects.
  • Attend all weekly scheduled professional development workshops, activities and meetings published by OGDI in the SROP calendar.
  • Complete all assignments listed in the SROP calendar by the corresponding deadlines.
  • Attend and present at the research symposium on July 24, 2024.
  • Maintain professionalism and respect for Purdue faculty, staff, students, and SROP cohort throughout the program duration.

Failure to meet program expectations and adhere to Purdue University campus policies will result in dismissal from the Summer Research Opportunities Program and forfeiture of monetary stipend and program benefits.


SROP participants must produce the following:

  • Abstract
    • The purpose of the abstract or prospectus is to provide a concise summary of the research project that the student will be working on during their summer program. It should include the key objectives, research questions, methodology, and expected outcomes of the project. The abstract is a crucial document that helps the student, and their mentors stay focused on the research goals and ensure that the project progresses in the right direction. It also serves as a reference point for anyone who wants to know more about the research project.
  • Research Poster
    • Participants are required to create a research poster presentation based on their research project. This presentation allows the student to showcase their research findings and share their work with others. The poster should include a brief summary of the research question, methodology, results, and conclusions. It is an opportunity for the student to demonstrate their communication skills and share their research with the wider academic community. The presentation is also a chance for the student to receive feedback and constructive criticism that can help them further improve their research project.
  • Personal Statements
    • Participants will attend a personal statement workshop. The workshop is designed to help students craft a compelling personal statement that accurately reflects their academic background, research experience, and career aspirations. The personal statement is an essential component of any application, and the workshop aims to help students create a statement that accurately reflects their unique qualities and accomplishments.
  • Resume/CV
    • Participants will participate of a workshop designed to help students create a professional and polished resume that showcases their academic achievements, research experience, and skills. The workshop covers topics such as how to structure a resume, what to include, and what to leave out. It also provides tips on how to tailor the resume to specific job or graduate university applications and how to make it stand out to potential employers or admissions committees. The resume is an essential component of any application, and the workshop aims to equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to create a strong and effective resume.