September 7, 2023

Proposals being accepted for spring 2024 Discovery Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Internship program

Proposals are now being accepted from faculty on the West Lafayette campus for the Discovery Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Internship (DUIRI) program, which supports faculty-led teams of undergraduates to investigate problems in the strategic areas of global security, global health and global sustainability.

Faculty project proposals for spring 2024 should focus on these thematic areas. Each project should involve two or more distinct academic disciplines (represented by faculty from different departments) and undergraduate students. No faculty cost-sharing will be required.

DUIRI will partner with both the Institute for a Sustainable Future and Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Engineering this spring. ISF and RCHE will sponsor multiple projects in global sustainability and global health, respectively, that align with their current research areas. Projects suitable for partnering with ISF or RCHE should explicitly state “ISF” or “RCHE” in the title. Faculty actively engaged with a partnering institute will receive priority consideration in sponsored research areas.

Interested faculty can submit abstracts for individual projects at the DUIRI website using their Purdue career account credentials to log on. The deadline for proposal submissions is Oct. 6.

Undergraduate students may then apply for one project from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3. Faculty project supervisors will review all eligible student applications before making final selections. The deadline for selecting students will be Nov. 20. During the spring term, which starts Jan. 8, 2024, students will be responsible for pursuing their research projects, culminating with a poster presentation and one-page abstract/summary of their results. Assuming all requirements are met, each participating student will earn a $1,000 spring fellowship from the DUIRI program that is credited to their bursar account or be eligible for course credit, at the discretion of their faculty advisor.

More information is available on the DUIRI website. Faculty should direct any questions about the program to Peter Bermel at Students should contact Kate Mitsch at

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