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Undergraduate Research and Creative Endeavors

Getting Started in Research

There is no single path to becoming involved in undergraduate research. At Purdue, the research openings are as diverse and dynamic as the Boilermakers who pursue them. Whether you are a first-year student, heavily involved in coursework and student organizations, a traditional or non-traditional student, we urge you to enhance your development as a scholar in any field of study through research. Watch the videos below for advice from these successful undergrads on how they entered their research groups, how solid mentoring relationships developed, and how research has propelled them ahead in curriculum and career.

The John Martinson Honors College has a Brightspace page that will walk you through all of the crucial steps in developing your undergraduate research. To request access, fill out this survey.

Purdue Resources

Listed below are several campus resources related to undergraduate research, from getting started to ways to make your research experience have the most impact. This is not an all-inclusive list of every opportunity on campus, so we urge you to get involved with your faculty members to find the right path to research for you.

Purdue Journal of Service-Learning and International Engagement 

Students who contribute to PJSL further their community engagement with a mentored, scholarly writing experience - another high-impact practice - through the development, submission, review and formal publication process. Students learn valuable information that will extend throughout their education and employment, and provide a lasting tangible record of their work.

Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research homepage

The Purdue University research homepage has several resources to help you get started with research as an undergraduate. This includes a list of research opportunities sorted by college, information on what research entails, and information about the undergraduate research symposium.

National and International Scholarships Office (NISO)

Research is an important part of the application process for many prestigious scholarships. The NISO website contains information about scholar development, which includes building research experience, and a few tips on getting started with research.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

The SURF program offers paid hands-on research opportunities to students in engineering, science, and technology disciplines. While these internships don't count towards your thesis or scholarly project, it can be the start to an enriching research career.

Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program (DURI)

DURI helps pairs undergraduate students with faculty seeking help with interdisciplinary research projects via internships. DURI offers 50 part-time student internships per semester.

Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR)

The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research publishes faculty-mentored research papers written by Purdue's undergraduate population. Any undergraduate can submit a proposal for the journal, provided they follow submission guidelines.