Research Programs for Undergraduates

Each year, the Purdue SURF program may offer two options on the West Lafayette campus. During the summer, SURF is an 11-week program during which students conduct research 40 hours per week. During the academic year, full-time students conduct research activities for approximately 10 hours per week. 

There are other research opportunities for undergraduates during the summer. Some of these are listed at the Resource site. 

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.

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

Application Deadline: Friday, February 6, 2015 (deadline passed)

Purdue University partners with the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program to provide research opportunities for Purdue students. NIST limits participation to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Research opportunities exist at all six NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, MD: Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Engineering, Information Technology, Material Measurement, Center for Neutron Research, and Physical Measurement. SURF NIST website

If you are interested in the 2015 NIST SURF program, please contact the Purdue SURF office.

Purdue Year-Round Research

A spring Year-Round SURF program will NOT be offered for 2015-16. Students are encouraged to seek research opportunities with faculty members in their school. Many departments offer an independent research course; please contact your academic advisor to enroll.

The Year-Round Research program has provided opportunities for Purdue Engineering and Science undergraduate students to conduct research during the semester.