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The R1: Research Accelerator Learning Community aims to fast-track students to succeed in undergraduate research. By participating in class-based research projects and gaining familiarity with research opportunities on campus, students in R1: Research Accelerator will be well positioned to maximize their experience as part of Purdue’s world-class academic community. Undergraduate research is a high-impact practice that leads to greater success and satisfaction, both during university studies and beyond. Students in R1: Research Accelerator will benefit from interactive, interdisciplinary courses developed within the Honors College for the entire student population. R1: Research Accelerator students will interact with visiting scholars and participate in field trips designed to showcase cutting-edge research. R1: Research Accelerator students will learn how to design and disseminate research in a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment, making it an ideal first step at Purdue for students looking to transform the world with their ideas.


First-time beginning students admitted to any school/college/major who have an interest in undergraduate research in any discipline

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Hillenbrand Hall
  • Circumstances preventing a student from living in this hall, such as participating in the Honors College or Athletics, will be taken into consideration when conducting the placement process
  • Your roommate in many cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes


HONR 19900 - Research 1 - (1 credit; first 8 weeks)


HONR 29900 - Research Thinking - (1 credit; first 8 weeks)

Events and Activities Included:

  • Social events
  • Field trips
  • Visiting scholars program, up-close encounters with
  • Purdue resource exploration and tours: research groups, labs, fabrication facilities, archives and more
  • Scholarship, fellowship, and grant workshops

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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