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. They have all specifically requested to work with Honors College students.


Dr. Stephen Lindemann

College of Agriculture

Departments of Food Science and Nutrition Science

Project Description:

Dr. Steve Lindemann is an assistant professor in the Departments of Food Science and Nutrition Science studying how diverse microbiomes form, function and respond to change. His lab focuses on interactions between beneficial microbes that govern metabolism of dietary components and exclude pathogenic organisms and is now offering internships for highly-motivated and energetic Honors College juniors and seniors interested in advancing and disseminating research on the gut microbiome and its interfaces with human health. These following internships are offered for credit via FS 491 with a variable title that reflects the job description or may be paid internships, depending upon student needs and availability of funds.

 

  1. Internship in Laboratory Organization and Communication – Efficient, safe, and collaborative operation of a research laboratory requires synchronization of the logistical tasks of the laboratory with communication between researchers. These tasks include resource management (e.g., ordering and tracking materials, supplies, and samples), equipment scheduling, data sharing and record keeping, among others. New laboratory organization and communication platforms (e.g. Slack) hold promise for revolutionizing the way we collaborate and communicate in the laboratory. This intern will explore, test, optimize, and possibly even create communication and organization strategies for the laboratory, culminating in the generation of an integrated laboratory management plan that will become part of his/her portfolio. This role will require a systematic and organized thinker with a love of bringing order to chaos who wants to apply those talents to a nascent laboratory. Potential exists to gain experience implementing this plan over multiple semesters.
  2. Microbiology Undergraduate Research Assistant – For those interested in directly performing gut microbiome research, startup of a new lab provides an excellent opportunity both to learn microbiological techniques but also to observe the diverse set of tasks required to start up a lab successfully. Intern(s) joining the laboratory at this stage will become, in essence, its first research staff and will have direct access to mentorship in this research. The eventual goal of these assistantships is that each student will have an individual research project that culminates in publication of the work; this will very likely require multiple semesters of research. The successful applicant can come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in science (e.g. biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, etc.) but must have some experience with biology in the laboratory and be biologically-minded, as well as be methodical and meticulous. Undergraduates who successfully generate publishable results may have opportunities to present their work at regional or national meetings if laboratory funds permit and may also apply for departmental or college-level undergraduate research grants for further support.

Project Requirements:

These roles are for Honors College juniors and seniors. For the laboratory organization and communication intern, the successful applicant will be a systematic and organized thinker with a love of bringing order to chaos. You should have a desire to apply those talents to a nascent laboratory. Potential exists to gain experience implementing this plan over multiple semesters. The microbiology undergraduate research assistant can come from diverse disciplinary backgrounds in science (e.g. biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, etc.) but must have some experience with biology in the laboratory and be biologically-minded, as well as be methodical and meticulous. Undergraduates who successfully generate publishable results may have opportunities to present their work at regional or national meetings if laboratory funds permit and may also apply for departmental or college-level undergraduate research grants for further support.

This opportunity is for 2 students.

Deadline to apply: 11/28/2017

How to Apply:

Please email your resume, at least 3 references, and a cover letter detailing your interest and applicable skills to Dr. Lindemann at lindems@purdue.edu

Dr. Maggie O’Haire

College of Veterinary Medicine

Department of Comparative Pathobiology

Project Description:

The O’Haire Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants for Spring and Fall 2018. Students will work on two research studies involving human-animal interaction. The first study aims to evaluate the effects of service dogs on veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The second study aims to evaluate the impact that facility dogs (e.g., dogs trained to work in hospitals) have on their handlers. Students are encouraged to pursue research credit while working in the O’Haire Lab. RA duties include: recruiting participants, preparing study materials, tracking participant progress using online data management tools (e.g., REDCap), entering data, and helping with other tasks as needed. More information, www.humananimalinteraction.org.

 

Project Requirements:

We are looking for organized, self-motivated, and dependable undergraduate students to work with our team. The minimum weekly commitment is 9 hours per week (equal to 3 research credit hours). A two-semester commitment is also required.

This opportunity is for 3 students.

Deadline to apply: 12/01/2017

How to Apply:

Please email the Project Coordinator, Katelynn Burgess (burges10@purdue.edu) for an application.

Dr. Qingyou Han

College of Materials Engineering

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Project Description:

Dr. Han’s research is funded by Chrysler and his team (consisting of about 20 researchers) is developing new technologies. Honors College students who are interested in learning about metals and alloys, and their processing technologies are invited to apply. For more information, visit https://polytechnic.purdue.edu/purdue-center-for-materials-processing-research.

Project Requirements:

Students should be in good standing with the Honors College and have interest in metals and alloys.

This opportunity is for 1 students.

Deadline to apply: 12/01/2017

How to Apply:

Contact Prof. Han at hanq@purdue.edu.

Dr. Annmarie Nicely

College of Health and Human Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Project Description:

The harassment of visitors by small independent traders at tourist destinations is a phenomenon that affects every continent across the goal and is likely to have a negative economic effect on destinations. So, the goal of the Visitor Harassment Research Unit (Lab) at Purdue is to engage in research focused on understanding the phenomenon and pinpointing sustainable solutions for destination.

 

 

Project Requirements:

Students should be in good standing with the Honors College and have an interest in tourism research.

This opportunity is for 3 students.

Deadline to apply: 12/01/2018

How to Apply:

Honors College students interested Dr. Annmarie Nicely’s research team should send her an email, with resume, expressing interest to ajnicely@purdue.edu. For more info visit the team’s website: https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/htm/research/visitor-harassment-research-unit/index.html

 

Dr. W.A. Cramer

College of Science

Biological Sciences

Project Description:

Dr. Cramer is seeking to work with an undergraduate researcher, preferably a sophomore or first semester junior, interested in biochemistry or biophysics in general. In particular, the successful applicant will have interest in problems in biology that concern (1) molecular mechanisms of biological energy transduction or (2) mechanisms of toxin import across cell membranes.

Project Requirements:

Applicants should be in good standing with the Honors College and preferably sophomores or first semester juniors.

This opportunity is for 1 students.

Deadline to apply: 12/01/2017

How to Apply:

Please send an email expressing your interest to Professor Cramer at waclab@purdue.edu.

Dr. Sabine Brunswicker

College of Liberal Arts

Technology, Leadership,and Innovation

Project Description:

A team of researchers is exploring how to best design information to help private home residents learn and understand their energy usage. The team is planning a series of user centered studies (in the lab, with eyetrackers) and experiments (in – lab and online via Amazon Turk) on information visualization graphs on desktop,tablet and mobile devices. More information can be found at: https://www.purdue.edu/opendigital/getinvolved/students/

Project Requirements:

Students should apply for this research opportunity only if they are honors students.

This opportunity is for 3 students.

Deadline to apply: 12/01/2017

How to Apply:

Submit a résumé, link to github account (if available but not a must), and other evidence of prior coding and data science experience to opendigital@purdue.edu