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 Applications Are Closed

Student Application Link :: Research Mentor Link for Recommendation

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 have been provided to all OUR Scholars for 2018-19.

Information about applying to be an OUR Scholar. Information on flier is repeated on website. 2018-19 OUR Scholars Application Information. Right-click and save to distribute. (8.5"x11")