First-Year Student Information

The Purdue First-Year Undergraduate Research Program provides new Boilermakers an academic-year experience to prepare and conduct research with expert Purdue researchers.

Through this new program, student participants will:

  1. Prepare for research with other new students in face-to-face courses provided by the Office of Undergraduate Research each semester.
  2. Conduct an authentic paid research project with a Purdue mentor and peer mentor.
  3. Develop a network of faculty, staff, upper-class students, and other first-year students.

Students who participate in this program will gain valuable skills employers and graduate schools are seeking and will learn how to discuss them with future Purdue programs such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and technical skills.

First-Year Undergraduate Research Program Timeline

process for students*Summer is available to conduct a research project outside of the formal First-Year Program.
There are two potential tracks for students to engage with the first-year program, but only one track offers funding when matched with a research project during the academic year with peer and research mentors.

Track 1 - Research Project begins in Spring

This track includes the 1-credit preparation seminar course to learn the basics of undergraduate research and the value of the experience as soon as a student arrives on campus. This course prepares students to begin a research project in the spring semester with a 1-credit research support course to discuss valuable skills as a researcher. Students will apply to specific research projects in the fall semester. While completing the research project, first-year students will be mentored by a current undergraduate research mentor and the research project mentor. The summer is open to locate a research project at Purdue or at another institution if a participant is interested in continuing their research experience. The application portal for this track is currently open and can be accessed through OURConnect.

Track 2 - Optional Research Project begins in Summer

Beginning in the spring semester, this track includes the 1-credit preparation seminar course to learn the basics of undergraduate research and the value of the experience. This course prepares students to begin a summer research project alongside the 1-credit research support course to discuss valuable skills as a researcher. This track does not guarantee a paid research experience but does provide support in locating a potential project.

How to apply:

First-Year Student Application Guide

Statement of Interest Form (.docx)