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Digital Agriculture REEU

Looking to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of digital agriculture and data science? This student-centered, active-learning environment allows undergraduates to put data into action and communicate processes and results effectively. The 10-week experiential research program will run from mid-May through mid-August at Purdue. Benefits include strong faculty mentoring in small groups across many disciplines, a $5,250 stipend for travel and living costs, optional academic course credit (if chosen, tuition is required), access to state-of-the-art research facilities, interaction with industry stakeholders, and a resume builder. To be eligible, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States and must have completed at least one academic semester of full-time study at associate’s or bachelor’s degree level.

Summer 2021 Deadline: February 8, 2021.

Contact: Dennis Buckmaster at dbuckmas@purdue.edu

Website: NIFA REEU

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.

Contact: Amanda Wilson at apendle@purdue.edu

Website: Entomology

Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (MASI)

The MASI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is open to Purdue College of Agriculture undergraduate students each summer. Students experience in-depth, hands-on molecular research, participate in a series of Science Communication workshops including bi-weekly assignments, and attend faculty and industry seminars and tours.

Dates: May 17 - July 30, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021

Website: MASI

The Familiar Faces Project: Diversity in Faces, Spaces, and Places of Natural Resource Sciences REEU Internship Program

The Familiar Faces Project (TFFP) introduces you to people that in are in the natural resources field that look just like you. TFFP also provides opportunities for you to experience what it is like to have a career in natural resources through hands-on experiences.

Deadline: February 26, 2021

Website: The Familiar Faces Project

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.

Contact: Youli Mantzicopoulos-James at mantzi@purdue.edu

Website: URT

Engineering Projects In Community Service (EPICS)

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.

Contact:  epics@purdue.edu

Website:  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.

Contact: gep@purdue.edu

Website: GEP

Mechanical Engineering Scholarships & Information

Website: https://engineering.purdue.edu/ME/Undergraduate/ResearchOpportunities

Specific scholarship: Bottomley Scholarship. Website changes annually.

SCALE Workforce Development in Microelectronics

SCALE is Purdue’s major research and workforce development contract, funded by the Department of Defense. SCALE will provide mentoring, internship matching and targeted research projects for college students interested in three microelectronics specialty areas: radiation-hardening, heterogeneous integration/advanced packaging, and system on a chip. This is open to US citizen undergraduate students with a GPA of 2.8 or above, in first-year engineering or an eligible engineering major (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, and First-Year Engineering), with interest in careers in microelectronics.

Contact: Heather Anthrop at hantrhop@purdue.edu

Website: SCALE Program

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.

Contact: Darshini Render at surf@purdue.edu

Website: SURF

Summer Undergraduate Research in Global Engineering (SURGE)

Website:  SURGE

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to earn academic credit while engaging in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges. Students can participate on interdisciplinary and vertically-integrated teams (first-year through seniors) with faculty and graduate student mentors for multiple semesters to address these real-world research and design challenges.

Contact: vip@purdue.edu

Website: VIP

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Contact: Kim Sagendorf at ksagendorf@purdue.edu

Website: HHS Undergraduate Research Website

URSA - Undergraduate Research in STEM Applications

The URSA program supports the engagement of undergraduate students in NASA-related STEM research. Students conduct research part-time, participate in an online research course, and engage in monthly professional development seminars. URSA offers opportunities for undergraduate student research internships for the spring 2020 semester. URSA Scholars earn a $500 scholarship from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium in recognition of their selection.

Student eligibility: URSA is open to full-time Purdue undergraduates with a minimum 2.7 GPA, good academic standing, and US citizenship. This program includes PharmD students who have not been awarded a bachelor's degree.

Students can apply for projects from January 10-22, 2020 through the OURConnect system.

Contact Amy Childress at childres@purdue.edu

Website: OURConnect

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) Program

The Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program is designed to involve Purdue undergraduates in the interdisciplinary research environment of Discovery Park. The program provides opportunities for students to work with researchers affiliated with Discovery Park on cutting edge research projects that involve combining two or more disciplinary strengths. Working closely with researchers, students experience the excitement, challenge, and power of truly interdisciplinary research in the fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment that is Purdue's Discovery Park.

Contact Kate Mitsch for DURI at duristudent@purdue.edu

Website: DURI Website

Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP)

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to earn academic credit while engaging in authentic and extended research and design projects related to active research areas of Purdue faculty members and national, international, and industry-sponsored design challenges. Students can participate in interdisciplinary and vertically-integrated teams (first-year through seniors) with faculty and graduate student mentors for multiple semesters to address these real-world research and design challenges.

Contact: vip@purdue.edu

Website: VIP

Cancer Prevention Internship Program

The Cancer Prevention Internship Program (CPIP) is a twelve-month program that 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.

Website: 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.

Contact Timothy Filley at environment@purdue.edu

Website: 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.

Contact: Aimee Griggs, Office of Professional Practice at aimgrigg@purdue.edu

Website: 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.

Contact Ignacio Camarillo at Ignacio@purdue.edu

Website: LSAMP

The Data Mine

The first large-scale living learning community for undergraduates from all majors, focused on Data Science for All. Hillenbrand Hall has an 800-student capacity. It is filled with new learning communities of students preparing for the data-driven workforce of the 21st century.

Contact The Data Mine at datamine@purdue.edu

Website: The Data Mine

Purdue Alliance For Graduate Education & Professoriate (AGEP)

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.

Contact: agep@purdue.edu

Website: 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 1st year at Purdue by the start of summer and must satisfy the requirements of the specific project(s). Details about the program, including project descriptions and past projects, are available at https://nanohub.org/groups/ncnure.

Contact Tanya Faltens at nanohubresearch@gmail.com

Website: 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

Website: 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.

Contact Darshini Render at surf@purdue.edu

Website: SURF | | Summer Programs

Summer Stay Research Opportunities

Summer Stay allows approximately 100 undergraduate students to earn scholarships worth up to $2,500 for completing 140 hours of on-campus research experience alongside 9+ credit hours of coursework.  Research hours count toward the credit hour requirement. 

Dates: Summer 2021 Semester

Deadline: March 5, 2021

Website: Summer Stay

Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program

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.

Contact Holly Tittle-Hudson at htittleh@purdue.edu

Website: 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.

Contact Cara Putman, Continuous Term Lecturer - contact for Honors College projects @ cputman@purdue.edu

Website:  ISEEK

Summer Pharmacy Research Fellowships

A student selected to participate in any of these fellowships will, by the end of the spring 2021 semester, have completed at least his/her second year of undergraduate or professional study with an excellent record, and will be interested in seriously investigating the possibility of a career in research. Preference will be given to students who have completed their third year of undergraduate or professional study at a U.S. institution. These fellowships are intended for students who have a serious interest in research as a possible career (including faculty positions) and who want to explore a research environment in more depth to enable them to make an informed career choice.

Dates: May 17 - July 23, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021

Website: Summer Research Fellowships

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.

Contact Steve Elliott at elliott@purdue.edu

Website: Research

Polytechnic Summer Research Opportunities

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute Research Office wants undergraduate Polytechnic students to experience first-hand how they can impact the advancement of human knowledge and our society. To encourage students, the Polytechnic Research Impact Areas (RIA) are inviting students to apply for research internships. Research internships (up to 15 weeks) will be awarded for projects that align with the RIAs, as demonstrated through faculty mentor involvement in one or more RIA, and have the potential to advance research in the relevant field.

Dates: May - August 2021

Deadline: March 12, 2021

Full Information: Flier

Physics REU

In each research project, students will work closely with a member of our faculty. The projects will be in a wide variety of areas, including high energy physics, accelerator mass spectrometry, condensed matter physics, geophysics, biophysics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics.

Dates: June 1 - August 6, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

Website: Physics REU

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.

Contact Harm HogenEsch @ vetresearch@purdue.edu

Website: 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.

Website: 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

Website: SROP

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Conduct intensive research with a faculty mentor and attend professional development workshops that include preparation for the GRE.

Dates: June 14 - July 23, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 10, 2021

Website: SROPFlier

Biochemistry REU

This National Science Foundation-sponsored program provides advanced training in the manipulation and analysis of proteins for undergraduate students. It facilitates a deep understanding of experimental laboratory research, insights into protein biochemistry, and contemplation of the broader context of research. A wide range of student research projects mentored by faculty in the Department of Biochemistry is available. Examples include the experimental analysis of enzyme mechanisms, post-translational protein modifications, proteomics, and protein-nucleic acid interactions studied in the biological context of cell cycle control, chromatin regulation, and renewable energy research. This program is for non-Purdue West Lafayette students.

Dates: May 24 - July 31, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 12, 2021

Website: Purdue Biochemistry REU

Agricultural Data Science REEU

This summer experiential research program, hosted at Purdue University, is designed to equip 5 cohorts with a total of 47 participants with data science skills that complement their agricultural discipline knowledge. We will enable them to contribute to the rapidly developing research and practice of digital agriculture in a student-centered, active-learning environment with a combined course/research experience.

Dates: May 24 - July 30, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 8, 2021

Website: Ag Data Science REEU

Summer Stay Research Opportunities

Summer Stay allows approximately 100 undergraduate students to earn scholarships worth up to $2,500 for completing 140 hours of on-campus research experience alongside 9+ credit hours of coursework.  Research hours count toward the credit hour requirement. 

Dates: Summer 2021 Semester

Deadline: March 5, 2021

Website: Summer Stay

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

SURF is an intensive 11-week program to advance students’ research potential. During the program, you will conduct research activities 40 (full time) or 20 (part time) hours per week and participate in SURF symposium and professional development events, and complete deliverables. Throughout the summer, you will receive support from your professor and graduate student mentor in the lab, and the EURO staff.

Dates: May 24 - August 2

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2021

Website: SURF

Molecular Agriculture Summer Institute (MASI)

The MASI Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program is open to Purdue College of Agriculture undergraduate students each summer. Students experience in-depth, hands-on molecular research, participate in a series of Science Communication workshops including bi-weekly assignments, and attend faculty and industry seminars and tours.

Dates: May 17 - July 30, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 28, 2021

Website: MASI

Polytechnic Summer Research Opportunities

The Purdue Polytechnic Institute Research Office wants undergraduate Polytechnic students to experience first-hand how they can impact the advancement of human knowledge and our society. To encourage students, the Polytechnic Research Impact Areas (RIA) are inviting students to apply for research internships. Research internships (up to 15 weeks) will be awarded for projects that align with the RIAs, as demonstrated through faculty mentor involvement in one or more RIA, and have the potential to advance research in the relevant field.

Dates: May - August 2021

Deadline: March 12, 2021

Full Information: Flier

Summer Pharmacy Research Fellowships

A student selected to participate in any of these fellowships will, by the end of the spring 2021 semester, have completed at least his/her second year of undergraduate or professional study with an excellent record, and will be interested in seriously investigating the possibility of a career in research. Preference will be given to students who have completed their third year of undergraduate or professional study at a U.S. institution. These fellowships are intended for students who have a serious interest in research as a possible career (including faculty positions) and who want to explore a research environment in more depth to enable them to make an informed career choice.

Dates: May 17 - July 23, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021

Website: Summer Research Fellowships

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internships (DURI)

The Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship (DURI) program is designed to involve Purdue undergraduates in the interdisciplinary research environment of Discovery Park. The program provides opportunities for students to work with researchers on cutting-edge research projects that involve combining two or more disciplinary strengths. Working closely with researchers, students experience the excitement, challenge, and power of truly interdisciplinary research in the fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment that is Purdue's Discovery Park.

Dates: Summer 2021 Semester

Deadline: March 24, 2021

Website: DURI

Physics REU

In each research project, students will work closely with a member of our faculty. The projects will be in a wide variety of areas, including high energy physics, accelerator mass spectrometry, condensed matter physics, geophysics, biophysics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics.

Dates: June 1 - August 6, 2021

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

Website: Physics REU

CISTAR Summer Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

As a CISTAR summer researcher, you will work on a research project in your area of interest and be matched with a CISTAR Graduate Fellow mentor who will help you develop your skills as a researcher and gain insight into the world of graduate school. Throughout the summer, students participate in weekly professional development seminars, work in CISTAR Labs, network with CISTAR students on campus, and visit places of interest like Argonne National Laboratory.

Dates: May 24 - August 2

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2021

Website: Apply through SURF

The Familiar Faces Project: Diversity in Faces, Spaces, and Places of Natural Resource Sciences REEU Internship Program

The Familiar Faces Project (TFFP) introduces you to people that in are in the natural resources field that look just like you. TFFP also provides opportunities for you to experience what it is like to have a career in natural resources through hands-on experiences.

Deadline: February 26, 2021

Website: The Familiar Faces Project

Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is open to any student who:

  • At the time of application, is a college junior, college senior, or graduate student who intends to pursue a full-time career in the commercial spaceflight industry.

    • Commercial space is broadly defined as activities in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation that will enable new or dramatically improved products or services that do not depend solely on government cost-plus contracting to prove viable. In its most aspiring terms, commercial space promises to alter the space industry through new business models that will open up the space frontier.

  • Has earned an engineering or science degree, or is working towards one at the time the Fellowship begins.

  • Has diversity in experience and academic interests such as in engineering, science, management, business, and other related fields that can be related to commercial space.

  • Is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (green card holder) due to export control regulations at the host companies.

Website: Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program

2021 Cohort Application Deadline: November 13, 2020

Georgia Tech Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (SURE)

The Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering/Sciences (S.U.R.E.) program is committed to increasing the number of qualified students who are traditionally under-represented in STEM fields. These include but are not limited to students from racial/ethnic minority groups, women, or first-generation college students.

Website: GA Tech SURE

 

NASA

NASA has opportunities for supported internships, fellowships, and scholarships.

Website: NASA

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.

Website: NSF

Pathways to Science

Many paid summer STEM undergraduate research opportunities are found in this database.

Website: Pathways to Science

NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research

Summer NIH programs to provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Website: NIH SIP in Biomedical Research

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers:

  • Scholarship support
  • Paid research training at the NIH during the summer
  • Paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation

Website: NIH UGSP

US Department of Energy Scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program is a Department-wide program designed to create a pipeline of highly qualified talent in disciplinary fields that support mission-critical areas of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)The DOE Scholars Program provides opportunities designed to introduce DOE missions, functions, and operations to talented undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates.

Website: DOE Scholarship Program