Pathways to the Faculty 

The Pathways program is looking for junior-level underrepresented students interested in PhD study and a faculty career in engineering. Selected students participate in Purdue’s Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program and receive additional mentoring, networking, and professional opportunities.

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Benefits include:

  • Be matched with an Engineering faculty member at Purdue University to work on a research project of mutual interest. Participate in 11 weeks of mentored research during the summer in conjunction with Purdue’s SURF program.
  • Attend weekly professional development seminars; learn skills necessary for success in graduate school and a faculty career.
  • Become part of a growing support network. Receive additional mentoring throughout the senior year while applying for graduate schools and fellowships.
  • Receive free housing, a total of up to $500 for travel to and from Purdue, and a stipend of $4,500 for the summer.


  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Junior (or one year before graduation).
  • Pursuing an engineering or closely related degree at a Minority Serving Institution. (If you are unsure if your institution is classified as Minority Serving, please email
  • Member of an underrepresented minority group in engineering (including Hispanic, Black or African American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, women, and people with disabilities).
  • Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. and a faculty career in engineering.
  • Meet all eligibility requirements for the SURF Program.

To Apply:

  • Complete an application for the SURF program at
  • In your application essay:
    1. State your interest in being considered for the Pathways program.
    2. Briefly, explain your eligibility.
    3. Indicate your interest in learning more about a faculty career, and how this program will help you toward your career goals.
  • Send a brief email to notifying us once you have submitted your application. This helps us track the status of your application.

Hear from our Pathways participants: 


Contact Dr. Audeen Fentiman with the Purdue University Pathways program at