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Getting Started In Research

There is no single path to becoming involved in undergraduate research. At Purdue, research experiences are as diverse and dynamic as the Boilermakers who pursue them. Whether or not academic research is in your future, research thinking will be an important part of your life. 

The John Martinson Honors College defines "research thhinking" as the ability to critically analyze an issue, problem, or situation and to find effective ways to address that isue, respond to that problem, or change the siatuion for the better. There's no better place than Purdue University and the John Martinson Honors College to hone your research thinking skills.

The honors college has a Brightspace page that will walk you through all of the crucial steps in developing your undergraduate research. If you are a first or second year student, you will be enrolled automatically. If you are a continuing student beyond the second year, fill out htis survey to request access. 

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 Office of Undergraduate Research

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.

www.purdue.edu/research/Ugrad/

Purdue Journal of Service-Learning

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.

https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/pjsl

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.

www.purdue.edu/niso/index.html

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.

engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Research/SURF

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.

discoverypark.itap.purdue.edu/learningcenter/duri/

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.

docs.lib.purdue.edu/jpur/

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