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Training Opportunities

Purdue University offers several training opportunities to prepare undergraduates and graduate students for life sciences careers in academia and industry. These include T32 Training grants from the National Institutes of Health, which provide qualified predoctoral or postdoctoral trainees with research training in areas where there are shortages of qualified scientists. 

Bioengineering Interdisciplinary Training in Diabetes Research Program

This training program provides cross-disciplinary research training to address the needs and problems associated with diabetes and other metabolic diseases. There is an urgent need for new technologies and therapeutics and scientists who can engineer devices for clinical care.

PI: Sherry L. Voytik-Harbin,

Purdue Drug Discovery Training Program (PDD-TP)

This training program seeks to provide predoctoral research scientists with the skills and knowledge to turn scientific data into disease reduction. Trainees will become familiar with the entire spectrum of drug development, including identification, design and optimization of diagnostic and therapeutic agents. They will also learn key decision-making processes that lead to Investigational New Drugs.

PI: Alexander Wei,

Interdisciplinary Training Program in Auditory Neuroscience (TPAN)

This training program helps faculty in the colleges of Science, Engineering, and Health and Human Sciences teach graduates how to think of creative solutions to treat hearing loss. The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience provides students with additional resources such as stem cell training, annual retreats, travel grants and grant-writing assistance.

PI: Donna Fekete,

Molecular Biophysics Training Program

This training program is for students in the growing field of biophysics research. The program will familiarize trainees with various professional career paths and skills required for effective teamwork through new courses, seminar programs and career sessions

PI: John Tesmer,

DOE Science Graduate Student Research Program-Fellowship

The Department of Energy (DOE) offers a one year fellowship to master's and PhD students without master's degrees in computer science, math, statistics and life sciences. Fellows receive a $37,000 annual stipend, full coverage  of tuition and fees, and a 12 week practicum experience at a DOE lab. To view program requirements and eligibility, click here.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship

This program offers competitive scholarships to students in biomedical, behavioral, or social science health-related research that are from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program will offer scholarship support, paid research training, and paid employment and training at NIH.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

This 10-week program coordinated by Purdue's College of Engineering, matches undergraduates with a faculty member and graduate student mentor who introduce them to the research tools used on the cutting edges of science, engineering and technology. Students conduct research, attend seminars and work closely with faculty and other students to explore, discover and transform ideas into reality

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program (DURI)

This program gives undergraduate students the ability to work with researchers affiliated with Discovery Park on cutting-edge research in global security, health, and sustainability. Student teams will conduct research, create  a one-page abstract/summary of their results and participate in a poster session.

Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Program (PULSe)

PULSe is a PhD program that provides an interdisciplinary research and learning environment in such areas as biotechnology and integrative neuroscience. It is designed for academically motivated students with a bachelor's degree in a life sciences discipline and previous experience in a research environment. Students will complete four seven-week rotations in their first year before deciding on a focus area, training group and major professor.


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