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s a college student, you often hear that the future is full of exciting opportunities. Here at Purdue University, we wonder: Why should you wait until then?

Become part of a world-class laboratory group conducting exciting research this summer! You can begin using cutting-edge technology and some of the most advanced laboratory equipment in the country. You can be part of the team that pushes the outer limits of knowledge in your field. After all, that’s what we do every day. Come join us!

Why should I participate in an Undergraduate Summer Research Program?

If you’re considering graduate study, participating in an undergraduate summer research program gives you the added edge needed to successfully apply to and complete graduate school. Purdue University offers a wide variety of summer research programs to match your abilities and interests. Many of these programs offer the opportunity to:

  • conduct your own research in a modern laboratory
  • learn from a faculty mentor
  • network with graduate students and scientists in your field
  • improve your research skills
  • determine if graduate school is right for you
  • enhance your writing and presentation skills
  • attend scientific conferences or meetings
  • attend graduate school seminars, training sessions, and GRE prep classes
  • participate in social activities with other students and your lab group

In addition, many programs provide a stipend (i.e., pay) and/or undergraduate credit, PLUS housing, travel, and food allowances. Details vary by program; be sure to visit the program’s Web site or contact the program coordinator for more information.

Application deadlines and eligibility also vary by program, so be sure to review the program’s Web site or contact its coordinator for more information.

Please note that while opportunities are listed by major subject, some programs do not require participants to be majoring in that field. Refer to the individual programs for details.

Review the Programs:


Multi-Subject and Interdisciplinary Programs
Click on the program title for more information.  
Biochemistry and physics majors work in a laboratory to gain experience.
A biochemistry and physics major works in a laboratory to gain more experience in the sciences.

Charity Farber
Email: cicsropcoord@staff.cic.net
Phone: 217-333-6314
Fax: 217-244-7127
1819 South Neil Street
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61820-7271


  • Undergraduate student
  • 3.0 or above GPA
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in US or US Territory degree-granting college or university
  • Completed at least 2 semesters of undergrad study
  • Have 1 semester undergrad study remaining
  • Strong interest in PhD

Funding: Yes
Keywords: All fields available

Choose an area of interest and be matched with one of the top researchers in your field. Work one-on-one with faculty mentors, develop a paper describing your project, and present your results at a campus symposium. Seminars, workshops, and social gatherings will help prepare you for advanced study.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who enroll in graduate school at CIC universities and who pursue academic careers. The Committee on Institutional Cooperation, established in 1958, is the academic consortium of 13 major teaching and research universities in the Midwest, including Purdue University. Purdue hosts 40-50 multicultural students each summer through the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), providing them with a stipend in addition to a dual-occupancy apartment, travel expenses, and health insurance.

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Lisa Kirkham
Email: lkirkham@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2424
Fax: 765-494-5040
Purdue University
Hall for Discovery and Learning Research,
Room 204
207 S. Martin Jischke Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue sophomore, junior, or senior; minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0; available during the academic year and summer session (limited space in summer)
Funding: Undergraduate credit and scholarship (academic year); Stipend (summer)
Keywords: Interdisciplinary research, Discovery Park, academic year

Experience the excitement, challenge, and power of truly interdisciplinary research in the fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment of Purdue's Discovery Park. Work closely with faculty on cutting edge research that combines two or more disciplinary strengths (such as nanoscience and bioscience, or perhaps information technology, business, and communications). Applications accepted every semester. A list of available internship opportunities and the on-line application are posted on the Web site.

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Monica Shively
Email: shivelmm@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-1617
Fax: 765-494-5040
Purdue University Interns for Indiana
Hall for Discovery and Learning Research,
Room 204
207 S. Martin Jischke Dr.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue students with at least a junior standing, all majors, minimum GPA of 2.8/4.0; working on their first bachelor's degree.
Funding: Stipend/Undergraduate credit available
Keywords: Business skills, entrepreneurship, many companies available

Explore a wide variety of fields and learn about the business world through both education and experience. Through a seminar series and other activities, students will explore entrepreneurial issues and skills, have opportunities to network and develop as a community, and earn an academic credit each semester. Qualified students will be eligible for placement in a paid internship with a start-up company. Internships are not required, nor are they guaranteed.

The application can be found at:www.purdue.edu/dp/ifi

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Dr. Ignacio Camarillo
Email: Ignacio@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-7967
Purdue University, MSEE 386
501 Northwestern Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue undergraduate students with an emphasis on students historically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Agricultural Science & Agricultural Engineering. Must be a US citizen, national or permanent US resident.
Funding: Stipend
Keywords:LSAMP, STEM, Undergraduate Research

This 10-week summer program allows Purdue undergraduate students to conduct research under the direction of a Purdue faculty members and their graduate team. Students gain hands-on research experience by participating in cutting-edge research projects, build a supporting relationship with AGEP scholars via mentoring and coaching. Students attend professional development workshops and activities, complete a STEM K-12 community service project, network with other students conducting research across campus and present their results in the form of a poster and oral presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Discovery Park, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and the NSF.

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Dr. Clark Gedney
Dr. Kathy Garza Dixon
Email: Srop@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-2600
Purdue University
The Graduate School
Attn: Purdue SROP
Ernest C. Young Hall 170
302 Wood Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108

Eligibility:   Completed sophomore year (but not graduated) by June and considering future graduate study. Students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers, including McNair Scholars, are encouraged to apply.
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Most fields available

Pursue research in one of Purdue’s 70+ programs. As an incoming participant, you will be matched with a faculty mentor in your area of interest, and you will undergo an intensive research experience. The program includes a GRE workshop, career seminars, participation in a Midwest summer research opportunities program, presentation of posters and oral reports, social activities on weekends, and a closing banquet. Be sure to also check out the partner programs, including the Purdue Cancer Center Summer Research Program.

The goal of the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is to enhance diversity in academic, government, and industry positions that require graduate degrees. All qualified students, including but not limited to, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply.

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Supported by the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).

Dr. Kathy G. Dixon
Program Director
Email: kgdixon@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-1123
Or, contact your program of interest.

Eligibility: Incoming Purdue graduate student in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or agricultural science fields
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Accepted students; science, technology, engineering, and math fields

Participate in a summer research experience with your department and network with your peers. This summer experience will prepare you for the upcoming year at Purdue University by providing professional development opportunities that will assist you throughout your academic programs. This bridge program is for all qualified students, including but not limited to, underrepresented multicultural students on a path toward success in Purdue’s graduate programs. Come take advantage of this opportunity for mentoring with current Purdue graduate students and faculty.

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Vicki Leavitt
Program Manager
Email: surf@purdue.edu
Web site: www.purdue.edu/surf
Phone: 765-496-2349
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 2000
Purdue University
701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Eligibility: Undergraduate students currently enrolled at US institutions in engineering and science disciplines.
Funded: Stipend
Keywords: SURF, Engineering, Science, Research

During the summer, undergraduate students conduct research activities under the guidance of a Purdue faculty member and a graduate student mentor. By closely working with other creative and innovative people, students explore, discover, and transform ideas into reality to advance society and improve people's lives.

In addition to conducting research full time for 11 weeks, students attend professional development activities and social events, network with other researchers and present their results at the end of the summer.

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Engineering Programs
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Students work in Purdue labs to prepare for graduate studies.
Students work in Purdue labs to prepare for upcoming graduate studies, with the goal of filling future jobs in high-tech health-care fields.

Dr. Jeremy Hale
Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs
Email: hale2@purdue.edu
Martin Jischke Hall
Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Science and engineering undergraduates
Funding: Financial support (or course credit available for Purdue undergraduates)
Keywords: Biomedical Engineering, SURF, tissue engineering, biomaterials, imaging, biophotonics, polymers, bionanotechnology, biosensors, neural engineering, orthopaedics, biomechanics, implants, computational biology, systems biology, healthcare systems engineering

Through independent research opportunities, undergraduates gain useful exposure to the field of biomedical engineering. Interested Purdue students are encouraged to visit the biomedical engineering Web site (https://engineering.purdue.edu/BME/), to investigate individual faculty research pages to identify research projects of interest to them, and to contact the faculty members directly about undergraduate research opportunities throughout the year.

Students from universities outside Purdue who are interested in a summer undergraduate research experience with the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering are encouraged to investigate this program for possible future graduate studies with us. Contact Dr. Mark Garrett, Graduate Program Coordinator for the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (mdgarret@purdue.edu; 765-494-2982), to learn how to identify an appropriate research advisor in biomedical engineering for the Summer Undergraduate Research (SURF) program. Participants in SURF receive financial support from the College of Engineering and the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering for the summer program. Please also visit the SURF Web site for general information and application materials.

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Life Sciences, Agriculture, and Medicine Programs
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Students conduct a research project aimed at preparing themselves for science & engineering careers.
Students conduct a semester-long research project aimed at preparing themselves for careers in science and engineering.


Dr. Jim Forney
Email: Forney@purdue.edu
Ms. Sherry Pogranichniy
Email: spongrani@purdue.edu
Department of Biochemistry
Purdue University
175 S. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

  • Undergraduate who has completed at least 4 semesters of college study
  • Students must have at least one semester of college remaining after the summer of 2013
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Funding: Yes

Overview of Program:
  • Ten-week mentored research experience
  • Career development sessions each week
  • $5,000 stipend
  • Campus housing provided
  • Round-trip transportation to West Lafayette, IN

  • Online application requiring a statement of career goals and interest in the program
  • Two faculty letters of recommendation
  • Official transcript

Applications submitted by February 15 will receive priority consideration. However, applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.

Dates: May 28th - August 2nd 2013
Web site: https://ag.purdue.edu/biochem/Pages/REU.aspx

Please note: Purdue undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to other NSF REU programs. A complete list of participating institutions can be found on the NSF website: http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.cfm?unitid=5047

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Amanda Pendleton
Email: apendle@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-9061

Eligibility: Open to Purdue Students, including non-majors

Funding:   Undergraduate credit through ENTM 498. Limited opportunities for funded employment. It is Department Policy that students may not receive academic credit for paid employment.
Keywords: Entomology, Molecular Biology, Field Ecology, Pest Management

The Department of Entomology has two avenues available for research. Research for course credit is available for Purdue Students (including non-majors) in Summer, Fall and Spring Semesters. Undergraduate research projects are mentored by individual faculty members in the areas of molecular biology, field ecology and pest management, insect behavior, urban and industrial pests and genetics. A list of faculty and areas of research interest are found on the Entomology web site. Students must have pre-approval from a faculty mentor and should agree on the scope and expectations of the research prior to enrollment. Opportunities are available to compete for undergraduate research awards regionally and nationally. Our students have a record of success.

Additionally, limited opportunities for undergraduate employment as part of field and laboratory research programs are available. Students should submit a brief statement of their area of research interest and include their employment and academic background (no more than 1 page). Students seeking employment will be notified as opportunities become available.

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Dr. Eric Barker
Email: barkerel@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-9940
School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
575 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2091

Eligibility: Undergraduates who have conducted research during the academic year
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Pharmacy, Medicine, Research Career, Drug Discovery, Pharmaceutics, Clinical Pharmacy

The Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program focuses on undergraduate students from both Purdue and other institutions who express a serious interest in a research career. Students who have carried out research for credit during the academic year can apply for summer fellowships to work with faculty in the College of Pharmacy for a 10-week period over the summer. Opportunities are available from three departments within the College of Pharmacy: Pharmacy Practice, Industrial and Physical Pharmacy, and Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. A total stipend of $4,000 is available, and in some cases, a housing allowance is also offered.

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Eligibility: Completed sophomore year (but not graduated) by June and considering future graduate/professional study. Students from social and economic backgrounds that are underrepresented in research careers, including McNair Scholars, are encouraged to apply.
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Cancer research, SROP

In association with the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) program, the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research (PCCR) offers a summer undergraduate program for students interested in cancer research. The goal of the program is to enhance diversity in academic, government, and industry programs that focus on cancer research. Students conduct research in the laboratories of Cancer Center members and participate in Clinical Trials Day featuring clinical oncologists who treat patients with cancer. Students interested in this program should apply through the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) site and check the box indicating an interest in cancer research on the application. All qualified students, including but not limited to, African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply.

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Dr. Eli Asem
Email: asem@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-6447
Fax: 765-496-0781
Dr. Harm HogenEsch
Email: hogenesch@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-496-3487
Fax: 765-496-1261

Eligibility: Undergraduate student interested in biomedical research.
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Student will be paired with a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine with an active research program

Summer Research Fellows spend twelve weeks in a research experience in veterinary and/or comparative medicine. Each student will complete a mini-project leading to a written report and a poster highlighting their research and will participate in a weekly seminar program along with veterinary students participating in the Summer Research Program. Visit the program Web site for more information.

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Science, Mathematics, Computer, and Technology Programs
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This student's summer research project was funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Funding for this student's summer research project studying zebrafish was provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Lori Floyd
Program Coordinator
Email: laf@cerias.purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-7841
Recitation Building
656 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Undergraduate students
Funding: Yes (Stipend)
Keywords: Information security research

This 8-week summer program at Purdue University's West Lafayette campus allows undergraduate students to engage in the forefront of information security research working on individual project areas.  Some areas include:

  • The Cloud's DNA
  • Detecting Patterns of Humor
  • Quantifying Informativeness and Novelty of Text
  • Detecting Script-Underlying Recurring Situations in Text
  • A security-enabled interface for humanoid robot-to-robot communication, within a HARMS model.

Program Details:

  • Eight week duration (5/29-7/20, 2012)
  • $500 weekly stipend
  • Housing, meals and travel provided
  • Weekly pizza seminar series
  • Midterm and final mini-symposium
  • IAS labs tour
  • Social Events
  • http://www.cerias.purdue.edu/site/reu

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Professor Sergei Savikhin
REU Program
Email: sergei@physics.purdue.edu
Department of Physics
525 Northwestern Avenue
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036

Eligibility: U.S. citizen/permanent resident
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Physics

Participate in a forefront research project this summer! Highlights of this Research Experience for Undergraduates include: a research project, a stipend, weekly seminars, social programs, student presentations and research symposium, conferences, and ongoing research.

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