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Entomology Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Entomology’s research portfolio consists of basic science that builds on strengths in insect/plant interactions, and applied pest management research focused on stakeholder needs and priorities. We work on a range of insect and nematode problems using diverse tool-sets and varied disciplinary approaches. Our research areas include: Arthropod Molecular Biology and Genomics, Pest Management, Host Plant/Insect/Nematode Interactions, Environmental and Evolutionary Entomology, International Development and Cooperation and Insect Science Education.
Amanda Wilson
Email: apendle@purdue.edu
Web: Entomology
Undergraduate Research Training Program
Undergraduate students have a wonderful opportunity to gain invaluable research experience through the Undergraduate Research Training Program (URT) in the College of Education. Qualified students at the sophomore, junior or senior level in any academic discipline who are interested in research on teaching and learning are eligible for this program. Generally, a cumulative index of 3.00 is expected for admission to the program.
Youli Mantzicopoulos-James
Email: mantzi@purdue.edu
Web: URT
Engineering Projects In Community Service
EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates are designing, building, and deploying real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations.
Email: epics@purdue.edu
Web: EPICS


Global Engineering Programs and Partnerships (GEP2)
In celebration of the accomplishments Purdue engineering students and faculty have made in tackling international development challenges and to inspire greater achievements in this field, the I2D Lab Exposition is held every Spring at the end of March.
Email: gep@purdue.edu
Web: GEP


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Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Program
The SURF program provides undergraduates opportunity to gain hands-on research experience by exploring a topic of interest alongside a Purdue professor and graduate student. During the 11-week summer program, students develop their knowledge of the research process by contributing to a real world project, network with other researchers, and present their discoveries at the end of the summer. The program offers full time, paid research positions on the Purdue campus and is open to students from all disciplines.
Vicki Leavitt
Email: surf@purdue.edu
Web: SURF


SURGE program: Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Engineering (SURGE)
Web: SURGE
Department of Nutrition Science Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Nutrition Science has several opportunities available for undergraduate students interested in research. Research course credit is available for Purdue students in summer, fall, and spring semesters. This can either be done as part of the Nutrition Science Honors Program or as an independent study. All undergraduate research projects are mentored by tenure track faculty members. In addition, some faculty in Nutrition Science hire undergraduate students for pay to assist with research projects on an as needed basis.
Nana Gletsu Miller, PhD
Email: ngletsum@purdue.edu
Web: Department of Nutrition Science

HDFS-Department of Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) has many opportunities available for undergraduate students interested in research. There are a wide array of projects ongoing at any point in time – from projects about infant sleep to those on patient-physician communication and countless other topics that have to do with people’s well-being. Research course credit is available in summer, fall, and spring semesters. Many professors welcome volunteers. In addition, some faculty in HDFS hire undergraduate students for pay to assist with research projects on an as needed basis.
Doran C. French, PhD
Email: dcfrench@purdue.edu
Web: Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunities
There are numerous opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in innovative research in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. We encourage undergraduate students to explore the department webpage to see the range of research laboratories. Research course credit is available in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. In addition, some faculty in SLHS hire undergraduate students for pay to assist with research projects on an as needed basis.
Alexander Francis, PhD
Email: francisa@purdue.edu
Web: https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/slhs/undergraduate/beyond_the_classroom/research.html
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Cancer Prevention Internship Program
The Cancer Prevention Internship Program (CPIP) is a twelve month program which engages undergraduate and graduate students in cutting-edge cancer prevention research with mentors from across campus. The program is highly interdisciplinary with student participants and faculty mentors from almost every college. The program is unique because of the breadth of disciplines the students are exposed to and that they are trained to optimize their understanding of the importance and ability to work in highly interdisciplinary teams, which is critical to address the complexity of cancer prevention.
Web: Students


Center for the Environment Summer Undergraduate Student Research Internships
The C4E Summer Undergraduate Student Research Internship offers students an opportunity to work with a Purdue Faculty Mentor on a field or laboratory-based research project related to the environment. These research internships will provide support for 20 hours per week for 8 weeks at $10 per hour. Faculty can match this support for full-time work but is not required. Any Purdue University Undergraduate Student in good standing is eligible to apply. Students must work with a Purdue University Faculty Mentor that is an affiliate of C4E to submit an application.
Timothy Filley
Email: environment@purdue.edu
Web: Website


Interns for Indiana and for Entrepreneurship
The Purdue Interns for Indiana program, partially funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., is an innovative approach to keeping Indiana's college graduates in Indiana. By matching high-quality student interns with Indiana startup companies, Purdue aims to accelerate company growth while providing students with valuable educational experiences.
Aimee Griggs, Office of Professional Practice
Email: aimgrigg@purdue.edu
Web: ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION | Interns for Indiana


Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
The National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields.
Ignacio Camarillo
Email: Ignacio@purdue.edu
Web: LSAMP
Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program (for Liberal Arts students)
The Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship (Wilke) program was made possible by a generous bequest from the Margo Katherine Wilke Trust and receive additional support from the Office of the President. The program is intended to nurture a lifelong interest in learning and appreciation of the humanities and other liberal arts disciplines which were important to Margo Katherine Wilke Melichar. In addition, it seeks to stimulate awareness of advanced research and promote interest in graduate education.
Holly Tittle-Hudson
Email: htittleh@purdue.edu
Web: Wilke Research Internship Program
Purdue Alliance For Graduate Education & Professoriate (AGEP)
Interested in getting a jump start on your graduate research let me tell you how. The Purdue AGEP campus offers a unique opportunity for incoming graduate students. Once you have been admitted to one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) disciplines, you can ask your department to nominate you for the AGEP Bridge Transitional Program. You will conduct research over an eight week period and receive a $5,000 stipend. In addition, transportation costs and on campus housing will be covered.
Kathy G. Dixon
Email: kgdixon@purdue.edu
Web: AGEP
Network for Computational Nanotechnology Undergraduate Research Experience (NCN-URE)
The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) funds a number of undergraduate research projects each summer in several science and engineering areas; projects may be multidisciplinary. We are looking for enthusiastic and qualified students with a strong background in engineering, physics, computer science or math who can code in at least one language (such as Python, C++, or MATLAB). Applicants should have completed their 2nd year at Purdue by the start of summer. Details about the program, including project descriptions and past projects, are available at https://nanohub.org/groups/ncnure.
Tanya Faltens
Email: nanohubresearch@gmail.com
Web: https://nanohub.org/groups/ncnure
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR)
Studies cancers at the cellular level to discover how they develop, progress and respond to treatment. Finds ways to detect cancer sooner and treat it more effectively. Shares its work with scientists and physicians worldwide to save and enhance human lives.
Apply through SROP
Web: Cancer Research
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) Program
The SURF program provides undergraduates opportunity to gain hands-on research experience by exploring a topic of interest alongside a Purdue professor and graduate student. During the 11-week summer program, students develop their knowledge of the research process by contributing to a real world project, network with other researchers, and present their discoveries at the end of the summer. The program offers full time, paid research positions on the Purdue campus and is open to students from all disciplines.
Vicki Leavitt
Email: surf@purdue.edu
Web: SURF | | Summer Programs
Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program (for Liberal Arts students)
The Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship (Wilke) program was made possible by a generous bequest from the Margo Katherine Wilke Trust and receive additional support from the Office of the President. The program is intended to nurture a lifelong interest in learning and appreciation of the humanities and other liberal arts disciplines which were important to Margo Katherine Wilke Melichar. In addition, it seeks to stimulate awareness of advanced research and promote interest in graduate education.
Holly Tittle-Hudson
Email: htittleh@purdue.edu
Web: Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program
Krannert School of Management Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Global Supply Chain Management Initiative (GSCMI) program at Krannert offers research projects. To learn about the GSCMI projects, please connect with Steve Dunlap at dunlops@purdue.edu.

If you are looking for other Krannert research opportunities, please connect with your professors or centers at Krannert.

Centers suggested to explore include: BIAC, GSCMI, Jane Brock Wilson Women Center, and Center for Economic Research at Purdue. Advisors can also direct students to courses with a research focus.

Cara Putman, Continuous Term Lecturer - contact for Honors College projects
Email: cputman@purdue.edu
Web: ISEEK
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

The Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Program is available to all students interested in any aspect of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Positions are available in each of the three departments in the College. Up to 5 fellowships may be awarded. These fellowships are supported in part by The Janet '38 and Willliam Strang Pharmacy Endowment, The Jim and JeanAnne Chaney Pharmacy Student Support Fund, and The Henry and Sherrill Bryant Endowment.

Eric Barker
Email: barkerel@purdue.edu
Web: Summer Fellowships
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Physics explores the fundamental mysteries of nature ... from how the universe was created, to how biological systems function, to how to create new forms of matter. The strength of Purdue's physics department is its internationally recognized research in the areas of astrophysics, high energy physics, geophysics, nanophysics, nuclear physics, sensor technology, biophysics and more.

Sergei Savikhin
Email: sergei@physics.purdue.edu
Web: REU
Applied Research

Advance the frontiers of knowledge, innovate technologies that address the grand challenges of society to serve humanity, and improve the quality of life around the world. While remaining grounded in our rich heritage of classroom instruction, the College of Technology has heightened its efforts in pursuing funded research. We believe that incorporating active research into the curriculum makes for a richer learning experience and reaffirms the practical use-inspired nature of the technology disciplines.

Steve Elliott
Email: elliott@purdue.edu
Web: Research


Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) Competition

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. The competition develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills and supports the development of students' capacities to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. Graduate students will have three minutes to present a compelling discussion on their research topic, its significance and relevance to the general public. 3MT™ is not an exercise in trivializing or 'dumbing-down' research but forces competitors to consolidate their ideas and crystalize their research discoveries. It is a celebration of the discoveries made by graduate students and will allow the broader community to learn about on-going research at Purdue.

Web: 3MT
Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program

The goal of the Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program is to increase the number of veterinarians involved in biomedical and clinical research. The program provides an opportunity for veterinary students and undergraduate students interested in veterinary medicine to explore non-practice careers by engaging in a mentored research project and through informal and formal interactions with scientists. Veterinary students also will travel to the Boehringer Ingelheim NIH National Veterinary Scholars Symposium.

Harm HogenEsch
Email: vetresearch@purdue.edu
Web: Veterinary Scholars


Center for Paralysis Research
Since its inception in 1987, the CPR has been involved in three human clinical trials (including multiple canine trials) as well as having one therapy being sold and marketed for patients with multiple sclerosis. This history of translational research is unique at Purdue and underscores our commitment to improving quality of life for both animals and humans. Dr. Jianming Li created a "Tips" sheet for those undergraduates who would like to see research opportunities.
Web: CPR Website


Summer Research Program for Students and Pre-vet Students (SROP)

The Purdue SROP has the goal of enhancing diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. It is our aim to encourage talented undergraduate students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers to pursue graduate education, and to enhance their preparation for graduate study. This program involves intensive research experiences with faculty mentors.

Email: srop@purdue.edu
Web: SROP
NASA

NASA has opportunities for supported internships, fellowships and scholarships.

Web: NASA


National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners. Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST laboratories which are the Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), Engineering Laboratory (EL), and Information Technology (ITL), Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), and NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations. Only U.S. citizens or permanents resident are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.

Vicki Leavitt
Email: vleavitt@purdue.edu
Web: SURF


National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers.

Web: NSF


Pathways to Science

Paid summer undergraduate research placements with NSF REU, NASA, and others.

Web: Pathways to Science


Semiconductor Research Corporation Education Alliance Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Vicki Leavitt
Email: vleavitt@purdue.edu