Undergraduate Research Opportunities


At Purdue, undergraduate research opportunities are as diverse and dynamic as the Boilermakers who pursue them. We urge you to enhance your development as a scholar by joining these faculty members in their research. These project supervisors have all specifically requested to work with Honors College students.


Robert Browning

Faculty Director of the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement

Project Description:

The Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement within the Brian Lamb School of Communication will make an award to an undergraduate student to conduct a research project and write a research paper that utilizes the C-SPAN Archives. The selected student would work directly with a professor in designing the research and writing the paper. The paper should be based on the C-SPAN Archives using the video, audio, text, or indexes to address an important research question in the social sciences. The competition is open to all undergraduate students within the Purdue College of Liberal Arts.

The student can work on the project for two semesters and be eligible for directed study credit. The project must be completed by the end of 2018-19 Spring semester. At the end of the project, the student must make a research presentation and work with the professor on exploring publishing opportunities for the paper.

The selected student will receive a $2000 award for the project and the faculty member will receive an award of $500.

Application Procedure: Deadline is September 15, 2018.

To apply, submit a proposal, not to exceed five pages, a resume, and a brief statement of support from the faculty member to Robert Browning, Faculty Director of the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement (rxb@purdue.edu) by September 15, 2018. Selection will occur by October 1, 2018.

Note: Professor David A. Caputo was a long-term member of the Purdue Political Science Department. He served as head of the department, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and subsequently served as president of both Hunter College and Pace University. He is married to Alice M. Caputo who received her Master’s degree from Purdue and taught ESL at Happy Hollow elementary in West Lafayette

Diana Hancock

Office of Commercialization

Project Description:

The Office of Commercialization is looking for a talented student to participate on the Dawn or Doom symposium team, as well as the Pathmaker Internship program. This position will interact with faculty members across campus as well as with speakers from outside the University. The intern will provide support for:

  1. Social media – gathering content for Social Media for both Dawn or Doom and Pathmaker
  2. Dawn or Doom podcast – help create the plan and implement a podcast for the conference
  3. Dawn or Doom website – Look into other platforms besides Event Mobi, assist with gathering content for Dawn or Doom ‘18
  4. Amazon – determine process for book sales
  5. Dawn or Doom Marketing –creating plans for 2018
  6. Pathmaker Blog – interviews and writing blogposts

Preferred Qualifications:

We are looking for a student who is available to start immediately and work through the semester. We are flexible about the schedule, 12-15 hours/week. There is a possibility to continue through the summer. This is a paid position, $10.50/hour.

Application Procedure:

Send Kim Heath an email (kimheath@purdue.edu) including resume and letter of interest.

Tippecanoe Arts Federation - Marketing Intern

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation is the umbrella organization and nonprofit arts council for fourteen Indiana Counties: Tippecanoe, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Jasper, Newton, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tipton, Warren, and White.

TAF provides educational opportunities in the visual, performing, and literary arts, outreach programs for both underserved communities and at-risk youth, and funding for capital and operational expenses to fellow arts organizations region-wide. Established in 1976, the Tippecanoe Arts Federation serves as a model for arts advocacy by promoting the role of arts. TAF also serves as the Region 4 Arts Partner of the Indiana Arts Commission. Through this partnership, TAF provides grants, information and referral services, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations.

Project Description:

The Tippecanoe Arts Federation seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist marketing and communications efforts. Working with a small team, this opportunity will provide exciting hands-on experience and immersion in the various aspects of marketing for a community-based nonprofit organization. This internship also offers the incumbent exposure to network with leaders in the north central Indiana arts community.

Responsibilities:

  1. Plan and create content for TAF’s social media presence, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  2. Assist in planning, writing, and editing the organization’s monthly e-newsletter, Arts Intersect
  3. Assist with updates to TAF’s website, TippecanoeArts.org
  4. Write copy and design flyers, graphics, e-vites and other marketing materials
  5. Coordinate TAF’s street team for promoting special events and programs
  6. Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for marketing and communications

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Self-motivated, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  2. Effective written and oral communication skills
  3. Ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts
  4. Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
  5. Must possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  6. Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired. Knowledge of HTML, Constant Contact, WordPress, and/or graphic design a plus
  7. Working toward a college degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., English, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Visual Arts, or Graphic Design)

Position open until filled, 3 – 6 month commitment preferred. Position is 8 – 12 hours/week, preferably twice a week in the office. Some work can be completed outside of the office.

Compensation: This is an Unpaid/Volunteer internship. Academic credit is highly encouraged and available upon school approval.

Application Procedure:

Please send your cover letter and resume to CLACareers@purdue.edu by September 11, 2018.