OUR Scholars

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) continues the research scholarship program to recognize undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of a Purdue faculty or approved mentor. These annual, non-renewable, academic scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 ($500 per semester) and disbursed through the Division of Financial Aid, are funded through an equal matching agreement between the OUR and each of the participating Colleges and Schools.

OUR Scholars are full-time undergraduate researchers who excel in their programs. OUR Scholars are determined for a full academic year and must meet certain program requirements, such as presenting at the annual Undergraduate Research Conference or "Celebrate..." events and attending professional development seminars.

Sponsoring College and Schools:
College of Agriculture · College of Education · College of Engineering · College of Health & Human Sciences · College of Liberal Arts · College of Pharmacy · College of Science · Honors College · Krannert School of Management · Purdue Polytechnic Institute

2018-19 OUR Scholars Undergraduate Research Learning Contract

2018-19 OUR Scholars Application

Student Application Link :: Research Mentor Link for Recommendation

Deadline to apply is August 27, 2018 unless already closed (see below).

Closed applications: Agriculture, HHS, Pharmacy, & Science

OUR Scholar Application Process - Note: Both student application and research mentor recommendation are required by the deadline.

  • Student Application: Includes student information, and project information (background, objectives, approach, and results)
  • Research Mentor Recommendation: A letter of recommendation using the above Qualtrics link or the one emailed to them after the student completes their application

OUR Scholar Qualifications

  • Full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) in good academic standing at the West Lafayette campus - includes PharmD students who have not been awarded a bachelor's degree - for the entire 2018-19 academic year.
  • Preference is given to students with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.
  • Work on the same,year-long project for two academic semesters (Fall 2018 and Spring 2019).
  • Students with multiple majors, including the Honors College, shall select a single college or school to review their application.
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute projects: Proposed research projects from students in the Polytechnic Institute must align with one or more of the Polytechnic research impact areas:  Realizing the Digital Enterprise, Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Future Work and Learning, Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure, Community and Civic Engagement.  Descriptions for each can be found on the Polytechnic research office website.  Faculty support letters must describe how proposed projects are in alignment with one or more research impact areas.

OUR Scholars Expectations

  • Attend professional development seminars regarding undergraduate research and submit a reflection paper for each. Please see below for more information about currently approved seminars.
  • Disseminate research at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring.
  • Enroll in a one-credit undergraduate research online course.
  • Submit two end-of-the-semester reports of their undergraduate research experience. Each report would be a 3-5-page, double-spaced, reflective essay.

The announcement of scholarships will be given at the beginning of May 2018.

Current OUR Scholars Information

Pre-approval Qualtrics form for research seminars

Current OUR Scholars may receive pre-approval for additional events to be considered beyond the OUR Seminar Series and approved events below by completing this Qualtrics application at least four (4) business days before the event. Once approved, we will post these events to this page so that any Scholar may attend. You are required to submit a 200-300 word summary of the event (i.e. what insight you gained from the event and how you will utilize this information.) Submit your summary via email to UGResearch@purdue.edu within 7 calendar days of the event.

Approved events for OUR Scholars to attend for program requirements:

Friday, May 4 at 2pm: Semiconductor Quantum Technologies for Secure Communications and Scalable Quantum Networks. BRK 2001.

*This dynamic list will change based on knowledge of upcoming events.*

Past approved events for OUR Scholars to attend for program requirements:

Thursday, February 22 from 5:30-7pm: Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science. MJIS 1001.

Tuesday, March 6 at 5pm: Moira Gunn, "The Arc of Media and the Future of Truth." HCRN, Honors Hall.

Friday, March 23 from 3:30-5pm: Purdue Lectures in Ethics, Policy, and Science. MRGN 121.

Thursday, March 29 from 7-9pm: Speaker Series: Eileen Collins. Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center.

Friday, March 30 at 3:45pm: Epitaxial Growth and Exploration of Active Devices. ARMS 1010.

Thursday, April 5 at 6pm: Autism and Inclusion: Building School Communities that Support All Learners. Lawson 1142.

Friday, April 6 at 9am: Project DATA: Collaborating at School to Meet the Needs of Young Children with ASD. Beering 1248.

Friday, April 20 at 11:30am: Quantum Optics on a Nonlinear Clip. Birck 2001.

Wednesday, April 25 at 11:30am: Lighting the Cellular Pathways from Thoughts to Behavior. WALC 2088.

Tuesday, May 1 at 9am: Understanding and optogenetic control of signaling pathways involved in P/Q-type channel and serotonin receptor mediated diseases. MJIS 1001.

Spring 2018 Semester, Tuesdays at 4:30pm: OUR Seminar Series. WALC 1087 (unless otherwise noted).

Spring 2018 Semester, Mondays at 3:30pm: Department of Chemistry - Biochemistry Seminars. Brown 4102.

Spring 2018 Semester, Tuesdays at 3:30pm: Department of Biochemistry Seminars. Whistler 116.

Spring 2018 Semester, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4pm: Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology Seminars. RHPH 164.

Spring 2018 Semester, Thursdays at 3:30pm: Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Seminars. Horticulture Building, Room 117.

Spring 2018 Semester, Thursdays at 3:30pm: Department of Physics and Astronomy. PHYS 203.

Spring 2018 Semester, Fridays at 3:30pm: Robotics Seminar Series. Brown 1154.

Spring 2018 Semester, Fridays at 11:30am: Krannert Executive Forum. Krannert Building, Krannert Auditorium (Note: If you are a student in this course, you are not eligible to receive OUR Scholars credit.)

Spring 2018 Semester, Fridays at 10:30-11:20am: Nutrition Science Graduate Seminar Series. BRNG 2280 (unless noted)

Spring 2018 Semester: Psychological Sciences Colloquia.

Spring 2018 Semester: Computer Science Colloquium.

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