Research opportunities can be a great way to develop experience in a particular discipline and provide practical application of theory. Many faculty members are able to provide funding or offer credit for undergraduate support. Getting to know your faculty members can be very valuable for a variety of reasons (mentoring, recommendations, etc.). Students are also encouraged to discuss opportunities and collaborate on research projects with faculty.
Three formal ways Engineering students can get research experience include:
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
(SURF) provides students across all engineering, science and technology disciplines with an intensive research experience, allowing them to work closely with graduate students and professors in their respective schools.
Discovery Undergraduate Research Internships (DURI)
(DURI) is designed to involve Purdue undergraduates in the interdisciplinary research environment of Discovery Park. The program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty on cutting edge multidisciplinary research projects.
Indiana Database of University Research Expertise (INDURE)
(INDURE) is designed to direct you to Purdue faculty members who are working on a variety of research based on your area of interest.
The SURF website offers an excellent resource for other undergraduate research programs; visit Other Undergraduate Research Opportunities.