Online Course Series

The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts online courses for prospective and current undergraduate researchers. The names of the courses are linked to their Course Insights' webpage for more information and a link to register for that specific class. Each GS course is cross-listed with an ILS course. The course syllabus will be the same, but you can decide which course number you would like to register for.

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This course is for prospective Purdue undergraduate researchers who are interested in conducting undergraduate research or creative endeavors. Purdue students who have not already started an independent research project with a research mentor will learn valuable skills to market themselves to individuals and research programs. Throughout the course, students will develop components for a final application packet to submit to a research team or program they choose.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify professional and personal goals sought from an undergraduate research experience
  2. Learn research skills such as assessing various types of literature
  3. Utilize online and in-person resources and programs to assist in locating and applying to undergraduate research experiences
  4. Evaluate research programs/projects to determine how they fit within personal and professional goals
  5. Create and submit an application/proposal including a resumé and personal statement for research programs/projects



June-July: CRN 13858 (meets with ILS180 CRN 13850)


August-December: CRN 19661 (meets with ILS180 CRN 19382)


This course is for current Purdue undergraduate researchers to hone skills necessary for successfully reflecting on and completing the experience. During this course, students will utilize their research experience to apply skills such as managing time with a research project, communicating your research, utilizing Purdue Libraries' resources, and providing feedback to peer researchers. Students will deliver and critique research elevator pitches about their own project.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Communicate research to various audiences with a research elevator pitch and a research abstract
  2. Provide constructive feedback and interact with peers and apply comments to your work
  3. Define skills/attributes from your undergraduate research experience
  4. Develop and expand a network of researchers within your unit and among other peer researchers’
  5. Reflect on and apply transferable skills necessary to be a successful undergraduate researcher



June-July: CRN 13868 (meets with ILS 280 CRN 13863)


August-December: CRN 30257 (meets with ILS 280 CRN 18249)


This course is for current Purdue undergraduate researchers to build upon the previous course and focus on research data collection, analysis, and communication for current Purdue undergraduate researchers. During this course, students will learn and discuss various forms of data and collection practices. Students will develop their own academic poster to present their research project's data and implications.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn about quantitative and qualitative research methods and discuss how to utilize both in a research project
  2. Create and present an academic poster applying data visualization best practices
  3. Reflect on and apply transferable skills of an undergraduate researcher for future success

NOTE: You must complete GS29501/ILS280 to register for GS39501/ILS380.



June-July: CRN 13885 (meets with ILS 380 CRN 13869)


August-December: CRN 19669 (meets with ILS 380 CRN 19393)


This course is for any student to focus on continuing their education in graduate or professional school.  During this course, students will learn and discuss the various phases of identifying, selecting, applying to and funding graduate or professional school programs.  Students will also gain a deeper comprehension of the qualities and skills that make research mentors effective while developing skills they will need to be successful mentees and peer mentors.  Students will conduct research to identify potential programs of interest and develop a statement of purpose. Students do not have to take the previous courses to take this course. Preferred for junior and senior students.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Categorize graduate or professional school qualities that fit skills and meet professional needs
  2. Identify qualities and skills necessary to act effectively as a research mentor and as a research mentee to a future graduate/professional advisor
  3. Create a statement of purpose to include in graduate/professional school applications
  4. Reflect on and apply transferable skills of an undergraduate researcher for future success



June-July: CRN 13886 (meets with ILS480 CRN 13871)


August-December: CRN 19670 (meets with ILS480 CRN 19396)


This course is for current or past Purdue undergraduate researchers who want to learn how to serve as peer mentors to undergraduate researchers early in their careers. This course will train students on how to create mutually beneficial and productive mentorships. This course will provide research-based best practices for mentoring students. This course is especially useful for those students who enjoy supporting peer researchers or plan to continue into more formal mentorship roles as a senior undergraduate researcher, graduate student, or research supervisor in academia or industry.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explore multiple strategies for effective mentoring with case studies, discussions, and readings
  2. Learn how to transition from a researcher to a peer mentor
  3. Create a mentoring philosophy statement
  4. Develop preparatory steps for effective mentorship dissolution


Summer (ILS49500-001)

June-July: CRN 33861


August-December: CRN 24415

ILS 195

Google and other search platforms are common resources for gathering information. Information literacy instruction prepares students to connect search strategies, contextualize authority and successfully navigate both the popular search engines, such as Google, as well as more scholarly/academic resources. These skills are key for students to participate successfully as scholars at Purdue and beyond in the workforce. This course will familiarize students with online databases and reference sources to efficiently research, evaluate source material, and document sources. Course information will consider student research interests, searching for available opportunities and mentors, and applying to undergraduate research opportunities. This course is open to all students in their first or second year in college.

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply information literacy practices in searching and appraising literature in the process of describing research interests and goals
  2. Connect information literacy practices to careers and future opportunities at Purdue through course discussions and reflections
  3. Critically evaluate reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, currency, and point of view or bias in resources.
  4. Organize search processes and results effectively while using correct citation methods by creating an annotated bibliography with relevant sources to the research discipline
  5. Evaluate research opportunities using literature search strategies to develop an undergraduate research application portfolio

*This course is co-taught with a School of Information Studies assistant professor. Those who have taken GS19501 or ILS180 are ineligible to take this course as these course objectives are embedded in this course.

Spring (ILS19500-001)

January - April: CRN 20872