Research Programs for Undergraduates

On the Purdue campus each summer, 140 SURF undergraduates conduct research for 11-weeks under the guidance of a professor and graduate student. Additionally, students have opportunity to apply for the summer program at NIST. For this program, Purdue will submit the university proposal along with the undergraduate applications through the government grant proposal process. Learn more about these programs by clicking on the titles below.

The application form is available at this website: Form.

There are many other research opportunities for undergraduates during the summer. Some of these are listed on the Resource webpage. 

Purdue Summer SURF Program

Summer 2016
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 10, 2016
2016 Program Dates: May 23 – August 5

The application review process will begin February 19; however, applications will continue to be accepted through March 10, 11:59 PM EST.

Engage in research this summer on Purdue's West Lafayette, Indiana campus. SURF matches undergraduates with a faculty member and graduate student mentor who introduce them to the research tools used on the cutting edges of science, engineering, and technology. (Open to Purdue students and undergraduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.)

Summer Opportunities at NIST

2016 NIST SURF
Application Deadline: Monday, February 1, 2016 (deadline passed)

For Purdue students interested in conducting research at the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), Purdue will submit a university proposal to recommend eligible students for the NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Research opportunities exist at NIST laboratories at Gaithersburg, Maryland and Boulder, Colorado. SURF NIST website

If you are interested in the 2016 NIST SURF program, please contact the Purdue SURF office.