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R1 Research Accelerator

R1 Research Accelerator

The R1: Research Accelerator Learning Community aims to fast-track students to succeed in undergraduate research.

R1 accelerates student involvement in research, broadening their skillsets and preparing them for a variety of research environments.  Multiple studies have identified undergraduate research as a high-impact experience that is associated with higher levels of academic achievement and student satisfaction.

Students in R1 have access to a lively events calendar, including guest lectures by world-leading researchers. Past guests have included a representative from NASA, a scientist working with Mars rover data and a historian of the Soviet Union.

Students also have the opportunity to take advanced research-focused courses where they will gain experience participating in publishable research. Build your CV in the classroom!

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What classes do I have to take as part of the R1 Learning Community?

Students enrolled in R1 will take two 1-credit, 8-week courses during their first year. R1 also offers students the opportunity to participate in advanced courses where they will gain practical experience participating in publishable research. 

Where will I live if I join the R1 Learning Community?

R1 students will live in Hillenbrand Hall, a centrally-located university residence with a dining court, recreational lounges, a fitness room and other amenities.

What activites and extracurricular events will be offered to R1 students?

Students in R1 have access to a lively events calendar, including guest lectures by world-leading researchers in the sciences and humanities. Movie nights, social events and field trips will also be on offer.

What are the academic benefits of joining R1?

Multiple studies have identified undergraduate research as a high-impact experience that is associated with higher levels of academic achievement and student satisfaction.

What qualifications do I need to be admitted to R1?

First-year students admitted to any school, college or major at Purdue are welcome to apply. Students do not need to have had prior research experience to join R1.

I'm in humanities/arts/social sciences/STEM/agriculture/pre-vet/business. Does my major fit into R1?

Students in all majors are invited to join R1. There are research opportunities for every major at Purdue, and R1 helps prepare students to make the most of these opportunities.

Are there additional fees to participate in R1?

There are no additional fees to participate in R1. Students can join in R1’s lively events calendar free of charge.

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R1: Research Accelerator

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

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