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NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Proteins

Dr. Jim Forney
Ms. Sherry Pogranichniy

Department of Biochemistry
Purdue University
175 S. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907


  • Undergraduate who has completed at least 4 semesters of college study
  • Students must have at least one semester of college remaining after the summer of their participation
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Funding: Yes

Overview of Program:

  • Ten-week mentored research experience
  • Career development sessions each week
  • $5,250 stipend, plus $750 meal allowance
  • Campus housing provided
  • Round-trip transportation to West Lafayette, IN


  • Online application requiring a statement of career goals and interest in the program
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript

Applications submitted by February 9, 2018, will receive priority consideration. However, applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Dates: May 28 - August 3, 2018 

Please note: Purdue undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to other NSF REU programs. A complete list of participating institutions can be found on the NSF website:

Entomology Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Amanda Wilson
Phone: 765-494-9061

Eligibility: Open to Purdue Students, including non-majors

Funding: Undergraduate credit through ENTM 498. Limited opportunities for funded employment. It is Department Policy that students may not receive academic credit for paid employment.

Keywords: Entomology, Molecular Biology, Field Ecology, Pest Management

The Department of Entomology has two avenues available for research. Research for course credit is available for Purdue Students (including non-majors) in Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters. Undergraduate research projects are mentored by individual faculty members in the areas of molecular biology, field ecology and pest management, insect behavior, urban and industrial pests, systematics or phylogenetics, and genetics. A list of faculty and areas of research interest are found on the Entomology web site. Students must have pre-approval from a faculty mentor and should agree on the scope and expectations of the research prior to enrollment. Opportunities are available to compete for undergraduate research awards regionally and nationally. Our students have a record of success.

Additionally, limited opportunities for undergraduate employment as part of field and laboratory research programs are available. Students should submit a brief statement of their area of research interest and include their employment and academic background (no more than 1 page). Students seeking employment will be notified as opportunities become available.

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

Dr. Val Watts
Phone: 765-496-3872

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
575 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2091

Eligibility: Undergraduates who have conducted research during the academic year
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Pharmacy, Medicine, Research Career, Drug Discovery, Pharmaceutics, Clinical Pharmacy

The Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program focuses on undergraduate students from both Purdue and other institutions who express a serious interest in a research career. Students who have carried out research for credit during the academic year can apply for summer fellowships to work with faculty in the College of Pharmacy for a 10-week period over the summer. Opportunities are available from three departments within the College of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Practice, Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, and Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. A total stipend of $4,000 is available, and in some cases, a housing allowance is also offered.

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR)

Eligibility: Completed sophomore year (but not graduated) by June and considering future graduate/professional study. Students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers, including McNair Scholars, are encouraged to apply.
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Cancer research, SROP

In association with the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) program, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR) offers a summer undergraduate program for students interested in cancer research. The goal of the program is to enhance diversity in academic, government, and industry programs that focus on cancer research. Students conduct research in the laboratories of Cancer Center members and participate in Clinical Trials Day featuring clinical oncologists who treat patients with cancer. Students interested in this program should apply through the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) site and check the box indicating an interest in cancer research on the application. All qualified students, including but not limited to, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply.

Summer Research Program in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Eli Asem
Phone: 765-494-6447

Dr. Harm HogenEsch
Phone: 765-496-3487

Eligibility: Undergraduate and DVM student interested in biomedical research.
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Student will be paired with a faculty mentor in the College of Veterinary Medicine with an active research project.

Summer Research Fellows spend 11 weeks in a research experience in veterinary and/or comparative medicine. Each student will complete a research project leading to an abstract and a poster highlighting their research.  Fellows will also participate in a weekly seminar program along with veterinary students participating in the Summer Research Program. Visit the program Web site for more information.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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