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 the Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies 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.

Submit your project to OURConnect for students to search and apply.  

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 2022-23 OUR Scholar. Research projects will continue to be accepted until the scholarships are filled. 

The following units are still seeking research projects:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering
  • Krannert School of Management
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute
  • College of Science
  • Honors College

Students should review the projects listed on OURConnect listed under OUR Scholars and their specific college or school name. Applications will be accepted until the positions are full and available scholarships have been fulfilled.

The following units are still seeking student applications for projects:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Engineering
  • Krannert School of Management
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute
  • College of Science
  • Honors College

Applications are now open for the 2022-23 OUR Scholars cohort.

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 2022-23 academic year.
  • Work on the same, year-long project for two academic semesters (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023).
  • 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 faculty member should select their own college(s) and then select Libraries 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


Announcement of scholarships began April 30, 2022.

 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 2022 - Open

Current and incoming OUR Scholars can receive an exclusive summer scholarship of up to $2,500 to either extend (AY 2021-22 Scholars) or begin (AY 2022-23 Scholars) their research in Summer 2022. This scholarship requires full-time summer enrollment (minimum 7 credits: including a one-credit, online course hosted by the OUR from this list) and a minimum of 140 hours spent contributing to their faculty-led OUR Scholars project.

Students interested in receiving this scholarship should email Angie Welshimer by April 8, 2022.