Over 20% of the current students in the School of Materials Engineering participate in undergraduate research with a faculty member during the semester, with over 70% participating at some point during their time at Purdue. MSE 499 provides the opportunity for laboratory and/or library research beyond the scope of the ordinary undergraduate curriculum, working in a research environment under the direct guidance of a faculty member. MSE 499 may be taken for 1, 2 or 3 credits in a given semester, and up to 6 credits of MSE 499 can count towards fulfilling a student's Technical Elective Program.
Interested in Undergraduate Research in MSE?
To enroll in MSE 499, your first step is to find a member of the faculty who is willing to supervise your research project. Next you should arrange a meeting with the faculty member to inquire if he/she is willing to act as your research advisor and discuss possible projects. After finding a faculty advisor, you should submit a petition to the Undergraduate Chairman for approval of your 499 project (see Request Form link at right).
Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium
The Colleges of Science, Agriculture, Engineering, and Technology, along with the College of Science Student Council and Honors College will be hosting the Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium on Tuesday, March 26, 2013. This symposium seeks to raise awareness about undergraduate research programs at Purdue. It is open to any undergraduate student currently conducting research. Students are encouraged to showcase their progress in research fields even if your research findings are not quite complete.
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2013