Undergraduate research program plans symposium

July 26, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2012 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program will hold its annual research symposium Wednesday (Aug.1).

This summer 140 students from engineering, agriculture and science disciplines are participating in SURF. During the symposium, they will present their summer research to professors, graduate students, general public and other program participants. The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. It is free and open to the public.

The SURF program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer, was started in 2003 by Jay P. Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering.  It provides undergraduate students across engineering, science and technology disciplines with an intensive, interdisciplinary research experience, allowing them to work closely with graduate students and professors and to gain hands-on laboratory experience.

 The interdisciplinary nature of the research at Purdue creates opportunities for undergraduates to work with researchers outside their major. During the 2012 program, a third of the participants had that opportunity.   

Research areas include energy, experimental design, computing and information, communication, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, natural sciences, material science, medicine, public safety, and industrial applications.

SURF is administered by the College of Engineering and directed by Melba Crawford, associate dean for research in engineering, and Eckhard Groll, interim assistant dean for research in engineering.

A complete symposium agenda with times and locations is available at https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Research/SURF/Participants/Summer/Events/RequiredMeetings/surf-symposium

Writer: Judith Barra  Austin, 765-494-2432, jbaustin@purdue.edu

Source: Vicki Leavitt, SURF program manager, 765-496-2349. vleavitt@purdue.edu

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