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Undergraduate Research Newsletter

Office of Undergraduate Research newsletter.


The 2021 Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition will begin at 8pm EST Wednesday, March 24. The competition will be hybrid to allow up to 100 visitors in Fowler Hall or for individuals to watch via a YouTube Live link. The participants are:

Faith Bergin, College of Science

Cloris Chen, Krannert School of Management

Bahaa Elshimy, Colleges of Engineering and Science

Anna Flood, College of Health & Human Sciences

Marina Mehling, Colleges of Agriculture and Engineering

Ana Pascual-Garrigos, College of Agriculture

Hannah Pletcher, College of Science

Carl Russell, College of Engineering

Iris (Yiyao) Zhang, College of Science

Melody Zhang, College of Engineering

The pitch competition highlights undergraduate researchers' projects while promoting concise and effective storytelling with only 3 minutes.

Those watching the event in-person and online can participate by voting for the Audience Favorite!

Co-hosts: Undergraduate Research Society of Purdue & OUR. Funded by SOGA.


The OUR Scholars program is now accepting applications for the 2021-22 cohort of undergraduate researchers. This $1,000 academic scholarship recognizes undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of a Purdue faculty or approved mentor. These scholarships are made available through an equal partnership between the OUR and the participating Colleges and Schools. Selected students can also qualify for a Summer 2021 scholarship of up to $2,500 to begin their projects.

If you are looking for a research position, many units have positions posted for you to apply to. If you have a research project already, you can submit a Qualtrics application with information about the project and have your research mentor submit a letter of recommendation.

The process for selecting OUR Scholars can vary across academic units. Complete details can be found on the OUR Scholars websiteIt is important to look at how your unit will accept applications.

The deadline to apply is March 26.

APRIL 12-19, 2021

The virtual Spring Undergraduate Research Conference is April 12-19, 2021. This annual judged event is Purdue's largest celebration of undergraduate research with 350+ presentations and judges from all disciplines at Purdue. Plan to watch the presentations to learn what projects are currently being conducted by Purdue undergrads.

If you are seeking research positions, we highly encourage you to plan to watch the presentations for this year and read past abstracts to learn who has served as research mentors to past undergraduates.


Apply to join The Data Mine. No matter what your major, data science will be important for your future success. Everybody needs to be data literate in a data-driven world. The application deadline is March 25 at 11:59pm.

Environmental Justice, Climate Change, and Racial Justice Symposium.

March 25-26, 2021. This free event is open to the public.

Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) seeks Journal Coordinator. This position will offer experience in publishing and project management by working with undergraduate authors, their faculty advisors, the faculty advisory board, the student editorial board, and Purdue University Press staff members. Apply by April 15 by sending your resume and cover letter to Managing Editor Tara Saunders.

Innovation for International Development (I2D) Expo 2021. April 20-21 & May 3-7. This multi-day event includes various panels on "Needs Assessment & Human Centric Design," "Iterative Implementation & Adaption," and Scaling for Impact and a student poster session, Purdue alumni panel, and a career panel. 

Last Updated: Mar 24, 2021 11:00 AM

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