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.

Project Description:

The UNLV REU Site: Mechanisms in Evolution is accepting applications for summer 2019. This NSF supported program provides students with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

The program dates are May 28 to Aug 2, 2019. For a list of mentons, please click here.

Student Compensation:

Participants receive a $5,750 stipend, travel subsidy and complimentary housing in a UNLV dormitory.

Application Procedure:

To apply, submit an application at https://www.unlv.edu/lifesciences/moereu.

All applicants to REU biology programs must now register with the NSF at http://www.nsfreu.org. Applicants will be asked to create a user account and will receive a unique nine digit REU ID via email. The REU ID is required for an application to UNLV Mechanisms of Evolution program.

A complete application includes a one-page career essay, transcripts, and one letter of recommendation.

Interested students may contact moereu@unlv.edu for additional information

Project Description:

We are seeking a student to help collect data from a comprehensive library database. The majority of the work includes database search, information downloading, data cleaning and organization. There also may be an opportunity to work on some aspect of the modeling and analysis depending on the student’s computational skills, capabilities, and interest.


  • Good understanding and experience with database and search engines.
  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Willingness to learn new software and technology.
  • Some understanding of programming language is preferred.
  • Be able to work collaboratively and with limited supervision at times.

Training Opportunity:

The undergraduate researcher will be trained by Dr. Kong and her collaborator on how to create a relational database, search comprehensive information, and conduct topic modeling analysis.

Approximate Hours per Week:

10-20 (flexible)

Application Procedure:

Please contact Dr. Kong (kongn@purdue.edu) for an application or with any questions.

Project Description:

Honors College faculty Dr. Liz Brite and Dr. Katie Jarriel are seeking 3-4 undergraduate students for a paid research assistant position in Fall 2019. Research assistants will undergo training and conduct observations that will form the data for a study of the Honors College active learning classrooms. The goal of this study is to use geospatial analysis to understand how room architecture affects the social relations of teaching and learning in Honors classrooms.

Research assistants will have the option of continuing to work with Dr. Jarriel on this research project in Spring 2020 for course credit. In addition to analyzing the data collected in the fall, students will learn essentials of research design, basic geospatial analysis using Esri ArcMap, and principles of the display of quantitative data for publication.

Time Committment:

6-8 hours/week for the first 8 weeks of class. Observations will be conducted Monday through Thursday during daytime class periods, though there will be some flexibility in scheduling.

Physical Requirements:

Students will need to be able to stand and write/draw on a clipboard for up to one hour at a time.

Student Compensation:

$10 per hour

Application Procedure:

Interested students should email Dr. Katie Jarriel (kjarriel@purdue.edu) by Friday, April 26 and provide the following:

  • current year and major
  • preferred contact email address
  • one-paragraph statement of interest in the position, and
  • overview of schedule/availability for Fall 2019