Purdue Year-Round Research

Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time

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.

Spring Semester

Students selected for this program will participate in a discovery-based learning experience that complements the traditional academic experience with hands-on opportunities in a research environment. They will conduct research under the guidance of a faculty member who directs the research project and will become integral members of the research team.

Benefits of this opportunity:

  • Paid hands-on research experience
  • Faculty and graduate student mentorship
  • Corporate support
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Peer group discussions


Applications are sought from Purdue undergraduate students who have completed at least the freshman year in an engineering or science (Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science) discipline and have achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Applicants should be degree-seeking, full-time students at Purdue. Students who have participated in prior SURF Year-Round programs are not eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

Selection of fellowship recipients will be based on academic record, application information, and recommendation from a faculty member. In order to introduce more students to research, first time SURF researchers will be given priority for the spring program.

The majority of the participants will be selected as Intel Scholars. These students will be funded to conduct research in the technical areas specific to the semiconductor industry. These research projects will typically be in the following disciplines: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Material Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Industrial Engineering.

Stipend or Course Credit

Participants in the SURF Year-Round program are expected to conduct research activities for approximately 10 hours/week during the 2009 spring semester. Students may receive pay or course credit for their research. Students who elect to be paid will receive a total stipend of $1400/semester. Funding will be provided by the SURF program and the professor who directs the research.

Students who want to receive credit for their research should contact their academic advisor to enroll in an established research course within their school or department. Students are responsible for all university tuition and fees.

Program Requirements

In order to successfully complete the program, each student must satisfy all program requirements.

How to apply

When applying to the program, students may either

  1. identify a specific Purdue professor who is recommending him/her for the program
  2. if a professor and research project have not yet been identified, provide his/her specific area of research interest on the application.
    The SURF list of research projects describes current projects with research openings. Students can indicate their interest in these projects directly on the application by selecting up to 3 projects. Additional projects will be posted as they become available.

Please keep in mind that most of the participants will be selected as Intel Scholars and conduct research in areas relevant to the semiconductor industry.

Students are encouraged to explore the research currently being conducted in the various schools/departments and Discovery Park. The following websites may be helpful.

Application Steps

  1. Fill out and submit the online application. On the application form, you will be asked to describe:
    • any previous undergraduate research experience
    • your motivation and commitment to participate in the SURF program
    • your role in the research project in which you want to participate, or a description of your areas of interest (if you do not yet have a project)
  2. Upload your current resume onto the application
  3. Submit your current official university transcript to the SURF office in Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, Room 2001

Your proposed faculty advisor will be asked to submit a recommendation for you.

If you have any questions, please contact the SURF office: surf@purdue.edu, 765-496-2349