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Amy Childress, PhD


Dr. Amy Childress is director of the Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research.  She has held numerous administrative positions at the university supporting education at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate student levels.  She most recently spent several years with Purdue’s Discovery Learning Research Center, where her work involved managing undergraduate and graduate research internship programs, contributing to grant proposal development, and coordinating multiple sponsored research projects.  She has co-authored manuscripts and presentations on experiential learning program administration and evaluation.  She has also co-edited a book addressing the transformation of undergraduate STEM education for the 21st Century.


JJ Sadler, MS

Associate Director

JJ Sadler joined Purdue in September 2017 in the Office of Undergraduate Research. Before coming to Purdue, JJ had served as the Assistant Director of Career Services – Internships & Undergraduate Research and the Experiential Learning Team Chairman at a liberal arts college, Illinois College. He received his Master’s degree in Environmental Horticulture with an emphasis on Experiential Learning from the University of Florida while mentoring undergraduate researchers and his Bachelor’s degree in Biology/Chemistry from Illinois College where he was an undergraduate researcher. When he is not helping prospective and current undergraduate researchers at Purdue, he enjoys watching movies at theatres, reading sci-fi novels, and spending time with his family in Lafayette.

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Angie Welshimer

Administrative Assistant

Angie joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in September 2017.  She spent a year in Digital Education at Purdue and prior to that 13 years working for Aramark, a management company in Lebanon, IN.  When not working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and everything outdoors.

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Ibukun Phillips

Graduate Student

Ibukun Phillips joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in September 2020 as a Graduate Assistant. He is a PhD student in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue, with two years of experience working as in graduate teaching/administrative assistant roles with Purdue Systems Collaboratory, Office of Multicultural Programs and Residential Life, at Purdue. He is inspired by working with younger students attaining their goals, innovating, and rising to the occasion they have been supported and guided to embrace. In his free time, Ibukun likes to read and see political and historical books and documentaries.