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:

Spend the summer doing research at the University of Tennessee Space Institute! The Summer Research Intern Program at UTSI provides research experiences to undergraduate students majoring in engineering, science, or mathematics. Interns are assigned to the supervision of one or more UTSI professors and given a long-term research project to complete over the course of the summer. Additional, educational opportunities are provided, including engineering seminars and a career panel discussion.

Student Compensation:

Salary: $3510 stipend ($13.00/hr x 30 hrs/wk x 9 wks) (2018 numbers, subject to change). Session begins on June 10, 2019 and ends August 9, 2019.

Application Procedure:

For more details visit https://www.utsi.edu/utsi-summer-research-intern-program/. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2019.

Travel: Some travel to other facilities may be required.

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:

This summer experiential research program, hosted at Purdue University, is designed to equip 5 cohorts with a total of 47 participants with data science skills that complement their agricultural discipline knowledge. We will enable them to contribute to the rapidly developing research and practice of digital agriculture in a student-centered, active-learning environment with a combined course/research experience.

The Program Objectives and Student Learning Goals are:

  • understand application program interfaces (APIs) well enough to collect data and wrangle data into informed decisions
  • perform proper statistical analysis and be able to communicate process and results
  • understand the industry opportunities in agri-business data science

The project will address a variety of the AFRI farm bill priority areas with focus on Cyberinformatics and Tools for Food and Agricultural Data Analysis and Data-Driven Applications (FACT). With the intellectual focus on digital agriculture and data analytics, we will introduce algorithmic thinking in basic elements, and will empower those students to integrate different concepts into their own research area and to communicate that effectively.

The culmination of the summer research experience will be a mini-symposium with student presentations (live and virtual) to internal and external stakeholders. This presentation/communication experience will give them firsthand experience documenting their own learning and methods in a way that improves retention and transfer of the knowledge (a metacognition exercise).

This experience involves strong mentoring by faculty in assorted disciplines as well as coordinated activities with other research programs to bring about mutual benefits in culture and intellectual maturity.

The program will run from mid-May through mid-August.

Additional Details:

For additional program information, please visit: https://engineering.purdue.edu/~dbuckmas/teaching/REEU/info.html

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States
  • Must have completed at least one academic semester of full-time study at associate's or bachelor's degree level

Student Compensation:

  • Strong faculty mentoring across many disciplines
  • $5,250 stipend for travel and living costs
  • Optional academic course credit
  • Access tp state-of-the-art research facilities
  • Interaction with industry stakeholders
  • Resume builder

Application Procedure:

To apply, submit the following items to dbuckmaster@purdue.edu by midnight March 1, 2019:

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Brief essay describing interest of data science in agriculture
  • One letter of reference
If you have questions, contact dbuckmaster@purdue.edu with a subject line of REEU.

Project Description:

Integrated Studies in a Rapidly Warming Fishery Ecosystem

One of the foremost challenges of our times is to understand the impacts of climate change on our coupled natural and human systems. This includes documenting and monitoring change, as well as predicting and mitigating future impacts of climate change on ecosystems around the world. Very few places are witnessing the effects of climate change more intensely than the Gulf of Maine, which has been warming faster than 99.9% of the global ocean. As such, GMRI is strategically positioned to conduct cutting-edge research on this issue, and we welcome this opportunity to invite undergraduate students to take part in our work.

The GMRI REU Site will pair student interns with researchers based at GMRI, engaged in a broad range of ecosystem and oceanographic studies. In consultation with their mentor, students will design and conduct a 10-week intensive, independent research project. This may involve field sampling, laboratory experiments, analysis of existing data sets, computational simulations, or some mix of these. At the end of the summer, students will present their findings at an in-house symposium drawing on analysis and communications skills honed throughout the summer.

This internship opportunity includes a stipend ($500/week for 10 weeks), meal allowance and housing at the Maine College of Art (MECA; https://www.meca.edu/student-life/residence-life/) student residences which are located about 0.5 miles from GMRI in the heart of downtown Portland.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate program at a two- or four-year institution and should have completed at least one year of study in their program. Applications from underrepresented groups in marine research (e.g., minorities, first-generation college students, veterans, or students with disabilities) are especially encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have had little to no research experience, but will have a keen interest in biological, ecological and oceanographic studies as they relate to fisheries management and climate change. Relevant prior coursework includes classes in biology, ecology, environmental science, oceanography, programming and statistics but is not required. Instead, students are expected to display enthusiasm for learning and a strong drive for conducting independent research.

Student Compensation:

This internship opportunity includes a stipend ($500/week for 10 weeks), meal allowance and housing at the Maine College of Art (MECA; https://www.meca.edu/student-life/residence-life/) student residences which are located about 0.5 miles from GMRI in the heart of downtown Portland.

Application Procedure:

First, eligible applicants are encouraged to peruse the research programs of the mentors listed on this page.

Please read eligibility requirements before beginning the application process. Please also peruse available mentors so that selection of top two mentors can be entered on the application form. A complete application to the GMRI REU Program consists of the following materials (all completed or uploaded in the online application):

  • Completed online application form
  • Contact information for two recommenders (e.g., past instructors who can attest to your ability to carry out an independent research project)
  • Official or unofficial transcripts from your academic institution

Once you have reviewed all the information above, CLICK HERE to submit your application to participate in the GMRI REU program for the summer of 2019. The program will begin on June 3, 2019 with completion on August 9, 2019.

All application materials must be received by February 15th, 2019.

For additional questions, please contact reu@gmri.org.

Project Description:

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Eastern Kentucky University

Project Highlights:

  • Students paired with faculty to conduct research in eastern Kentucky
  • Weekly professional training workshops
  • Recreational trips throughout Kentucky
  • Dates: May 20 – July 26, 2019 (10 weeks)

Student Compensation:

Benefits: $5,250 stipend, housing, travel support, food allowance, research supplies

Research Project Examples:

  • Use camera traps, acoustic detection, and live‐trapping to study flying squirrel and bear populations
  • Study plant, bird, and bee communities of old‐growth and managed forest
  • Study the effects of mining disturbance and restoration on stream habitat and water quality
  • Work alongside agency professionals to restore wildlife habitat

Application Procedure:

For more information and to apply: http://bioreu.eku.edu or email bioreu@eku.edu

Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

Project Description:

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Cleveland State University

The objective of the NSF supported REU site at Cleveland State University is to involve sophomore and junior physics and engineering majors in meaningful interdisciplinary research projects within soft matter science/engineering in order to encourage them to continue in STEM as either graduate students or workforce members. Soft matter is a group of materials that includes liquids, colloids, polymers, gels, and biological materials. Soft matter researchers combine physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering to study the unique properties and applications of these materials. Each participating student will work for 10 weeks directly with a faculty advisor in the nurturing and collaborative atmosphere of CSU’s Department of Physics and Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering.

REU participants will conduct original research via specially designed student projects within three main foci: 1) Microgel and Hydrogel Nanoparticles: Designing environmentally sensitive nanoparticles for a variety of applications and fundamental studies of volume phase transitions; 2) Anisotropic Soft Matter Thin Films: Driving self-assembly of soft matter to develop thin films with unique properties tied to the shape anisotropy of the materials; and 3) Soft Matter Fluid Flow: Striving to better understand and to improve mixing in liquid soft matter systems and use liquid flow to test and understand biological phenomena.

CSU’s focus on Engaged Learning has cultivated a strong culture of support for undergraduate research. REU participants will benefit from one-on-one mentoring from experienced faculty and a variety of professional development opportunities. Students will be supported through: a) a weekly “science seminar” introducing students to the multifaceted nature of soft matter research and careers in research; b) a weekly “student seminar” with informal student updates and formal student presentations; c) a final poster presentation at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference; d) travel support for presentation at a regional/national conference after REU; e) development of a long-term relationship with a scientific mentor; and f) a multitude of REU social activities to help develop networks among REU students as well as with student researchers from CSU and other REUs in Northeast Ohio.

Eligibility:

Current undergraduate students who are US citizens and permanent residents. Underrepresented minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Student Compensation:

$5000 stipend (for 10 weeks; housing provided at no charge); up to $500 travel funds to CSU; $500 conference travel funds after completion of REU.

Application Procedure:

For more information and to apply: Click here or email Dr. Kiril Streletzky and Dr. Jessica Bickel at softmatterreu@csuohio.edu

Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2019

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.

Qualifications:

  • 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:

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) at Florida International University

The rapid proliferation of various smart, low-cost and small devices led to the nationwide development of smart buildings, cities, technologies, etc., in order to make our lives more efficient, safer and less costly than before. Motivated with the increasing ubiquity of such “Smart Things (ST)”, this pro- posed project will continue serving the REU site titled Security of Smart Things in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University (FIU). The primary focus of this project is to engage students with various research topics related to security and privacy of ST. The students will learn from an expert group of faculty how to design, imple- ment, and assess research projects in the areas that are becoming crucial for the safety and privacy of our lives. In addition, students will improve their skills by participating in technical workshops, presentations, and professional development activities. Although the main emphasis of the proposed REU site is to improve research experience for undergraduates, we also aim to:

  1. improve enrollment in STEM areas;
  2. improve the percentage of female and underrepresented minority students;
  3. increase the enrollment into graduate programs; and
  4. build a community of SST researchers.

The program dates will be from June 1st, 2018 to Aug. 1st, 2021.

This REU site is a great opportunity for undergraduate students (sophomores, juniors, non-graduating seniors) to engage in hands-on research activity under the supervision of a faculty mentor and postdoctoral fellow in the ECE Department throughout the summer.

Eligibility:

Undergraduate students majoring in a science or engineering discipline. High school graduates who have been accepted at an undergraduate institution but who have not yet started their undergraduate study are also eligible to participate. Students must be U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Students should have a minimum of 3.25 GPA.

Student Compensation:

Each participating undergraduate student will receive an award of $2000 per month in addition to FIU on-campus housing, meals, materials costs and a travel allowance of $600. Our program includes weekly seminars/workshops, preparation of a research poster, individual academic career counseling, hands-on training with real equipment, field trips, and social and cultural activities in the Miami area.

Application Procedure:

To apply please click here. Contact information is available here.

Application deadline: Feb. 22, 2019

Project Description:

Various Opportunities

Please click here to see internship programs offered at the Brookings Institution.

Project Description:

The Marine Corps History Division is now accepting applications for summer interns in the field of history, archives, editing and graphic design. These internships are paid through the generosity of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

The History Division offers internships in six areas. They are: reference historians (servicing information requests from public and official sources, and research in branch holdings and official records); historical writing (primarily researching material to support writing projects, largely in primary source collections, although opportunities to compose original pieces are presented); oral historian assistants (cataloging and servicing collections); archives (cataloging and servicing collections); film and video assistants (cataloging and servicing collections); and editing and design (preparing manuscripts for publication, checking for presentation and visual appeal).

Application Procedure:

If Interested, visit this site and email the completed application to HISTORY.DIVISION@USMCU.EDUno later than 1 March 2019. Acceptance letters will be sent no later than 15 March.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019