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OURConnect Undergraduate Research Applicaton System

OURConnect, Purdue's undergraduate research application system, is designed to connect undergraduates with research mentors with open opportunities. OURConnect is divided into undergraduate research programs that you could apply into and individual research opportunities with research mentors.

Be sure to read through the expectations and the program qualifications, if applicable, before applying. Some research programs have eligibility requirements. It is strongly encouraged to do research on the program and/or research mentor before submitting your application. Applicants are eligible to apply to multiple research opportunities, but may only be selected for one.

Two things to consider when using OURConnect:

  1. Not all undergraduate research opportunities are posted. Research mentors may not post positions, but will consider interested students for their project if asked.
  2. If you have any questions about the OURConnect system, email If you have questions about a particular project, email the project's contact person.

If you need assistance getting started in undergraduate research and feel overwhelmed or unsure where to begin, please email

OURConnect Programs

Only programs with projects that are currently accepting applications are shown. If you do not see the program you are looking for and feel this is an error, please email

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Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program

The Wilke Scholars Program is designed to involve Purdue College of Liberal Arts undergraduates in the interdisciplinary and exciting research environment with cutting edge research projects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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Honors College Research Programs

Research mentors who specifically request to work with Honors College students contribute these diverse projects for Honors College students to apply. Honors College research projects can be found campus-wide and update based on research mentor needs.

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Individual Research & Mentoring Opportunities

Research mentors who are not seeking undergraduate researchers through the above programs post their available positions as individual opportunities. The available opportunities change weekly and is updated based on research mentor needs.

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The Department of Nutrition Science

Program faculty offer many research opportunities for undergraduate students. Research in the department spans many topics important in nutrition and approaches from cell, animal, human and community.

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First-Year Undergraduate Research Program

The First-Year Undergraduate Research Program is a full academic-year experience designed to help new Boilermakers learn what undergraduate research is, how it can be beneficial to their time at Purdue and following graduation, and to prepare for a research project with a Purdue researcher during the Spring 2022 semester. To be considered for this program, please submit this application and review the program elements on the Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research website.

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Clarence E. Dammon Dean's Scholar Program

Are you interested in a multi-year undergraduate research opportunity? If so, this enriching experience will be a great fit for you. As a Dean's Scholar, you will: Enjoy invitations to special academic guest lectures and programs. Interact with a community of dedicated scholars like yourself. Have the opportunity to participate in multiple conferences to discuss your research work. Enroll in a series of seminar courses to further enrich your undergraduate research experience. Receive a $1000 scholarship for each semester of participation. *Students must enroll in SCLA 49100*

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