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Thesis Preparation Workshop: Guide to Undergraduate Research

Get Started with Purdue Undergraduate Research

Get Started

Here is the first way to get started with undergraduate research at Purdue. 

Learn about Purdue's 

  • Research programs
  • Independent study or individually arranged projects with a professor
  • On-campus or off-campus options
  • Academic year or summer options
  • Credit or experience options
  • Internships with companies
  • Research abroad

Click HERE to get started searching opportunities! 

Publishing Undergraduate Research

Thinking of publishing your undergraduate research in the future? 

Need examples of undergraduate research that has already been published? 

Check out the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR)

Purdue Learning Resources for Undergraduate Research

What does research involve?

So what is involved in research? What would you be doing, exactly? It all depends on your particular field of study. Those in the liberal arts, social sciences, business and economics might begin with researching journal articles on a subject. Sometimes you may be collecting data through interviews, observations or surveys, then analyzing that data to find patterns. Those in engineering or sciences may spend the bulk of their time conducting laboratory research, experiments, equipment and lab maintenance, and preparing samples. Ultimately, it depends on the questions you are trying to answer, but rest assured, research is an exciting experience!

Click here to learn about the following topics:

  • Communication
  • Demistifying Academic Life
  • Mentoring 
  • Research and Integrity
  • Publishing and Authorship in Academia
  • Data Management
  • Introduction to Research
  • Time Management 
  • Safety

Finding Opportunities here at Purdue

Find Opportunities

Ready to start finding opportunities? Click here for opportunities in:

  • Agriculture
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health and Human Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Interdisciplinary 
  • Liberal Arts
  • Management
  • Pharmacy
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Veterinary Medicine