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The 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 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 Research Accelerator will benefit from interactive, interdisciplinary courses developed within the Honors College for the entire student population. Research Accelerator students will interact with visiting scholars and participate in field trips designed to showcase cutting-edge research. 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

  • Required. The location of learning community housing will be determined based on the incoming size and needs of the learning community. 
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community. Once a housing contract is completed, you will indicate your learning community housing preference within the learning community application. Applications received by the priority deadline will be considered first. 
  • If you want to be placed with a preferred roommate and be admitted to a learning community with a required residential component, both you and your roommate must apply (and be accepted) to the same learning community. Students admitted to learning communities with a required residential component cannot be paired with students admitted to learning communities with an optional residential component
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Full Academic Year

Associated Classes

Fall: (required)

HONR 19900 - Research Thinking (2 credits) (16-week course)

This course will give members of the Research Accelerator LC an overview of research methods and practical experience doing creative research. In this course students will learn how to ask research questions, apply appropriate research methods, design research projects and share them with a community of fellow researchers.  This class provides a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment, making it an ideal first step at Purdue for students looking to transform the world with their ideas.  Students will engage in a collaborative research project, present their research in a public forum, and design individual trajectories for their own futures as a part of Purdue's world-class research environment. 

Spring: (optional)

HONR 49900: Public Powered Research (3 credits)

Students will start the process of developing a community-engaged research project.  These community-based research opportunities will be instructor and student initiated around a variety of issues that matter to individual scholars and the cities of Lafayette/West Lafayette.


John Martinson Honors College Direct Admit: Upon successful completion of the Research Thinking and Public Powered Research courses, Research Accelerator scholars have the opportunity for direct admission to the John Martinson Honors College

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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