Research Roundtable gives students opportunity for campus jobs

February 8, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and Tau Beta Pi, an engineering honor society, are hosting the second annual Research Roundtable from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 19 in the Purdue Memorial Union's North Ballroom.

The Research Roundtable invites faculty research groups from the colleges of Engineering, Technology, Science and Agriculture to meet with students looking for research jobs. Students can visit different organizations' and individuals' tables to discuss what research opportunities are available. 

There are 38 groups and several individuals and student groups from all four colleges signed up for the event. All students, freshman through graduate level, are encouraged to attend. Many of the research opportunities are paid, while some count as class credit or are volunteer only. Some of the jobs start as early as this semester.

"A lot of students don't know how easy it is to find a research opportunity," said Alissa Berger, a senior in the School of Mechanical Engineering and an event organizer. "We're trying to help with that. Research is a great way to learn, to build on your skills, to have fun and to attract employers when you don't have that required experience yet." 

The inaugural event during Purdue's "E-week" last year included 37 research groups and 280 students.

The student-led societies are also sponsoring two pre-events to help prepare students for the Roundtable. At 6 p.m. on Monday (Feb. 11), the writing lab will host a resume workshop in Mechanical Engineering, Room 1130. At 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13, the Center for Career Opportunities will be giving an interview workshop in Electrical Engineering, Room 117.  

Other sponsors of the event include the Purdue Engineering Student Council and the Purdue Engineering President’s Council.  

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855,

Source: Alissa Berger,

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