Undergraduate Opportunities

Research Enhancement Grant (supports undergraduate research)

The purpose of the research enhancement grants, which are made initially to faculty and then passed to you, the student. The funds are used to support your training and involvement in research. Up to 2 awards of $500 will be given to faculty to fund undergraduate student travel to research or training opportunities, or to provide stipends for undergraduate members of research teams. These grants are available thanks to generosity of Bob and Joyce Miles. Work with a faculty member to apply!

Research with Families Internship (Undergrad, 390 and Graduate, 590 Credit)

Students who are interested in hands-on experience conducting research with families and/or children are invited to apply for research internships. Several large projects affiliated with the center are in the process of gathering, entering, and analyzing a variety of types of data. It may be possible for student interns to access data from these projects for honors projects, theses, or dissertations. These internships are offered each semester.

Center for Families Internship (Undergrad, 390 Credit)

The Center for Families student internship will allow students the opportunity to gain real-world experience working on projects of the Center for Families. Interns will coordinate communication efforts with advisory council, donors, legislators, and faculty partners, while also gaining experience in project management, copywriting, basic web development, and event/meeting planning. This internship seeks to position students for success in their careers. PR/COMM, OBHR, and HTM majors are encouraged to apply. These internships are available in any semester. To apply for one of the internships, submit your resume to cff@purdue.edu.

Developmental Studies Laboratory (Undergrad 390 or 490 credit)

The Developmental Studies Laboratory at Purdue University has a rolling recruitment of undergraduate research assistants.  With Dr. A.J. Schwichtenberg students will become an integral component of the lab with opportunities across several studies that research families raising children with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental concerns.  Research studies focus on early autism identification, sleep, self-regulation, language development, parent-child social interactions, and family context.  Duties may include: reading research articles, writing experience reflections, coding videos, video-recording laboratory visits, learning and preparing materials for standardized developmental assessments (e.g., Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Mullen Scales of Early Learning), preparing physiological recording equipment, coding physiological data, etc. Professional Development Opportunities may include: research experience for your vita or resume, data for the Purdue Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium, mentorship for a submission to the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR), graduate application mentoring, a letter of recommendation for graduate school, and joining team presentations at national and international conferences (e.g., Society for Research in Child Development).  Positions are available for a one calendar-year experience (9-10 hours per week).  Please send a cover letter and your current vita/resume to A.J. Schwichtenberg (ajschwichtenberg@purdue.edu) to apply.