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Engineering Programs

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (SURF)

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

Seng-Liang Wang Hall, Room 4040
Purdue University
516 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled at US institutions in engineering and other STEM disciplines.
Funded: Yes
Keywords: SURF, Engineering, Science, Undergraduate 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.

Biomedical Engineering

Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering

Martin Jischke Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907

surf@purdue.edu

Eligibility: Science and engineering undergraduates
Funding: Financial support (or course credit available for Purdue undergraduates)
Keywords: Biomedical Engineering, SURF, tissue engineering, biomaterials, imaging, biophotonics, polymers, bionanotechnology, biosensors, neural engineering, orthopaedics, biomechanics, implants, computational biology, systems biology, healthcare systems engineering

Through independent research opportunities, undergraduates gain useful exposure to the field of biomedical engineering.

1.  Interested Purdue students are encouraged to visit the biomedical engineering Web site (https://engineering.purdue.edu/BME/Research/Areas), to investigate individual faculty research pages to identify research projects of interest to them, and to contact the faculty members directly about undergraduate research opportunities throughout the year.

2.  Students from universities outside Purdue who are interested in a summer undergraduate research experience with the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering are encouraged to investigate this program for possible future graduate studies with us. Email surf@purdue.edu, or call 765-496-2349, to learn how to identify an appropriate research advisor in biomedical engineering for the Summer Undergraduate Research (SURF) program. Participants in SURF receive financial support from the College of Engineering and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering for the summer program. Please also visit the SURF Web site for general information and application materials.

Chemical Engineering/Chemistry

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

CISTAR - NSF Engineering Research Center

Ms. Maeve Drummond, Assistant Director for Education
maeve@purdue.edu

Eligibility: Chemical engineering, materials engineering, ceramic engineering/science, environmental science, economic analysis, or chemistry undergraduates. Eligible students must be US citizens or permanent residents, currently enrolled in a college or university, and attending in the fall.  Underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Special consideration given to students currently attending institutions that do not offer PhD programs.
Funding: Stipend provided
Keywords: Nanomaterials, nanoscale structures, catalyst characterization, spectroscopy, imaging, materials discovery and development, chemical kinetics and catalysis, theory, modeling and electronic structure calculations.

Application requirements:  

  • One-page resume
  • Official or unofficial transcript
  • Letter of interest indicating an understanding of the CISTAR mission and system, and your future goals; you should link how past experiences and this research opportunity would help you obtain those goals.

The name and e-mail address of at least two professors, faculty members, or other individuals who can vouch for your academic merits and has agreed to provide a recommendation.

Engineering Education

INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering

UPRISE Academy

Seng Liang Wang Hall, Suite 3500
West Lafayette, IN  47907

M. Terri Sanger
Email: mtsanger@purdue.edu 

Eligibility:  All undergraduate majors may apply
Funding:  Hourly wage (or course credit available for Purdue undergraduates)
Keywords:  Engineering, Engineering Education, INSPIRE, UPRISE Academy, Science, Mathematics, Technology, Pre-College, Education

UPRISE provides undergraduates the opportunity to fill integral roles in INSPIRE and the School of Engineering Education’ s research projects, as well as to be given the necessary training, tools, and mentorship to participate in research symposia and publish in journal and conference proceedings, thus rounding out their academic experience. Students also have the opportunity to use research to transform educational experiences for preschool, elementary, middle, high school or college students.

Interested Purdue students can contact M. Terri Sanger at mtsanger@purdue.edu for information on the application process.

Please also visit the School of Engineering Education website for more information about Engineering Education research.

Industrial Engineering

Grissom Hall
West Lafayette, IN 47907

surf@purdue.edu

Eligibility: Science and engineering undergraduates
Funding: Financial support (or course credit available for Purdue undergraduates)
Keywords: Industrial Engineering, SURF, machine learning, ergonomics, data analysis, healthcare, human integrated systems.

Through independent research opportunities, undergraduates gain useful exposure to the field of industrial engineering.

1.  Interested Purdue students are encouraged to visit the Industrial Engineering website, to investigate individual faculty research pages to identify research projects of interest to them, and to contact the faculty members directly about undergraduate research opportunities throughout the year. Students are also encouraged to contact the IE undergraduate advising office to learn more about available avenues for receiving credit for research.

2.  Students from universities outside Purdue who are interested in a summer undergraduate research experience with the School of Industrial Engineering are encouraged to investigate this program for possible future graduate studies with us. Email surf@purdue.edu, or call 765-496-2349, to learn how to identify an appropriate research advisor in industrial engineering for the Summer Undergraduate Research (SURF) program. Participants in SURF receive financial support from the College of Engineering and the School of Industrial Engineering for the summer program. Please also visit the SURF Web site for general information and application materials.

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