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 except for PULSIS which continues to fully fund their projects.

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..." (when available) events and completing wraparound professional development.

Selecting 2021-22 OUR Scholars

Option 1: Submit your project to OURConnect for students to search and apply if your college includes this option.

Research mentors with available positions can post them to OURConnect. After you submit your position, the unit will review all submitted positions for determining which projects will be part of the OUR Scholars OURConnect portion. Students will then be able to apply to the projects if they are interested in a position. After students apply, you will be able to review the applications, send out interview requests, and select your 2021-22 OUR Scholar. 

Colleges/Units Using Option 1: Agriculture, Engineering, Health & Human Sciences, Honors College, Krannert, Libraries & School of Information Studies, Polytechnic Institute, and Pharmacy.

Option 2: Student submit a research proposal and you submit a letter of recommendation/support if your college includes this option.

Student and research mentors who have determined a research project for the 2021-22 academic year can submit a research proposal to be considered by the academic unit by August 16. Students must initiate the process by submitting the research proposal and research mentors will receive an immediate email to submit a letter of recommendation/support.

Colleges/Units Using Option 2: Agriculture, Engineering, Polytechnic Institute, and Pharmacy.

Summer 2021 Scholarship Opportunity - Closed.

2021-21 & selected 2021-22 OUR Scholars can receive an exclusive summer scholarship of up to $2,500 to either extend or begin their research in Summer 2021. This scholarship is available to full-time students (minimum 6 credits) at Purdue during the summer - these credits could be research, online, or in-person credits, but must include a one-credit, online course hosted by the OUR from this list.

Students interested in receiving this scholarship should inform JJ Sadler at jjsadler@purdue.edu of this interest, but does not bind them to the summer until they accept the additional summer scholarship.

Applications are now closed for the 2021-22 OUR Scholars cohort.

Applications are now closed.

 

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

OUR Scholar Qualifications

  • Full-time student (minimum of 12 credit hours) in good academic standing at the West Lafayette campus who are working towards their first bachelor's degree - including PharmD students who have not been awarded a bachelor's degree - for the entire 2021-22 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 2021 and Spring 2022).
  • Students with multiple majors, including the Honors College, shall select a single college or school to review their application. Students who plan to work with a Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies (PULSIS) faculty member should select their own college(s) and then select PULSIS for the final review.
  • 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, Future Work and Learning, and Holistic Safety and Secruity.  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.
  • Previous OUR Scholar recipients are not eligible.

OUR Scholars Expectations

  • Enroll and pass a one-credit undergraduate research online course for each semester as an OUR Scholar - most will enroll in GS29501/ILS280 and GS39501/ILS380, but previous enrollment status in these courses may alter the actual course
  • Disseminate research at the Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference in the spring or the Celebrate Purdue's Thinkers, Creators, and Experimenters showcase in the spring, if available
  • Submit two end-of-the-semester reports of their undergraduate research experience through the online course assignments
  • Failure to adhere to these expectations or to receive an exception from the Office of Undergraduate Research may result in a full or partial scholarship revocation

The original announcement of scholarships will be provided to selected students by April 30, 2021.

 Sponsoring Academic Units:
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 · Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies

Scholarship Opportunity for Summer 2021 - Closed.

2020-21 & selected 2021-22 OUR Scholars can receive an exclusive summer scholarship of up to $2,500 to either extend or begin their research in Summer 2021. This scholarship is available to full-time students (minimum 6 credits) at Purdue during the summer - these credits could be research, online, or in-person credits, but must include a one-credit, online course hosted by the OUR from this list.

Students interested in receiving this scholarship should inform JJ Sadler at jjsadler@purdue.edu of this interest. Sharing your interest with JJ Sadler does not bind you to the summer scholarship.

Information about applying to be an OUR Scholar. Information on flier is repeated on website. 2021-22 OUR Scholars Application Information. Right-click and save to distribute. (8.5"x11")