Undergraduate research program plans symposium

July 28, 2014  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program will hold its annual research symposium Aug. 7.

This summer 143 students from engineering, agriculture and science disciplines are participating in SURF. During the symposium, they will present their summer research to professors, graduate students, other program participants and the public.

The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. It is free and open to the public.

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

The interdisciplinary nature of research at Purdue gives undergraduates the opportunity to work with researchers outside their discipline. During the 2014 program, many of the participants took advantage of that opportunity.   

Research categories include material sciences, energy, sensing technology, earth and ecological sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology, medicine and health, data and visual analytics, simulation, fluids, manufacturing technology, infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and computer engineering.          

Research abstracts and other scholarly documents from SURF students will be available at Purdue e-Pubs, as part of the SURF Research Symposium proceedings.

Purdue e-Pubs, a free service of Purdue Libraries, provides global online access to Purdue research. The SURF material will be available at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/surf in mid-August.

SURF is administered by the College of Engineering and directed by Melba Crawford, associate 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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