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Multi-Subject and Interdisciplinary Programs

The Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Ms. Sharon Lee
Phone: 217-300-0386 
Fax: 217-244-7127
1819 South Neil Street
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61820-7271


  • Undergraduate student
  • 3.0 or above GPA
  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • Enrolled in US or US Territory degree-granting college or university
  • Completed at least 2 semesters of undergrad study
  • Have 1-semester undergrad study remaining
  • Strong interest in PhD

Funding: Yes
Keywords: All fields available

Choose an area of interest and be matched with one of the top researchers in your field. Work one-on-one with faculty mentors, develop a paper describing your project and present your results at a campus symposium. Seminars, workshops, and social gatherings will help prepare you for advanced study.

The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented undergraduate students who enroll in graduate school at BTAA universities and who pursue academic careers. The Big Ten Academic Alliance, established in 1958, is the academic consortium of 15 major teaching and research universities in the Midwest, including Purdue University. Purdue hosts 40-50 multicultural students each summer through the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), providing them with a stipend in addition to a dual-occupancy apartment, travel expenses, and health insurance.

LSAMP Summer Research Program

Dr. Ignacio Camarillo
Phone: 765-494-7899

Purdue University, YONG B84 
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Eligibility: Purdue undergraduate students with an emphasis on students historically underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, Agricultural Science & Agricultural Engineering. Must be a US citizen, national or permanent US resident.
Funding: Stipend
Keywords: LSAMP, STEM, Undergraduate Research

This 10-week summer program allows Purdue undergraduate students to conduct research under the direction of a Purdue faculty member and their graduate team. Students gain hands-on research experience by participating in cutting-edge research projects, build a supporting relationship with AGEP scholars via mentoring and coaching. Students attend professional development workshops and activities, complete a STEM K-12 community service project, network with other students conducting research across campus and present their results in the form of a poster and oral presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and The Graduate School.

Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Dr. Kathy Garza Dixon
Phone: 765-494-0945

Purdue University
The Graduate School
Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives
Attn: Purdue SROP
Ernest C. Young Hall B68
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2108

Eligibility: Enrolled in degree-granting program at a US college or university, completed sophomore year (but not graduated) by June and interested in pursuing a research-based doctoral degree. Students who are underrepresented in research careers and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average are encouraged to apply. 
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Most fields available

Pursue research in one of Purdue’s 80+ programs. As an incoming participant, you will be matched with a faculty mentor in your area of interest, and you will undergo an intensive research experience. The program includes paid housing and travel, a generous stipend, GRE preparation workshops, professional development seminars, oral and poster presentations, social activities, and a closing banquet. Be sure to also check out the partner programs, including the Purdue Cancer Center Summer Research Program

The goal of the Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experience with faculty mentors and enrichment activities. All qualified students, including but not limited to African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American, are encouraged to apply.

Graduate Bridge Program

Dr. Kathy G. Dixon
Program Director
Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives
Phone: 765-496-1123
Or, contact your program of interest.

Eligibility: Incoming Purdue graduate student in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or agricultural science fields
Funding: Yes
Keywords: Accepted students; science, technology, engineering, and math fields

Participate in a summer research experience with your department and network with your peers. This summer experience will prepare you for the upcoming year at Purdue University by providing professional development opportunities that will assist you throughout your academic programs. This bridge program is for all qualified students, including but not limited to, underrepresented multicultural students on a path toward success in Purdue’s graduate programs. Come take advantage of this opportunity for mentoring with current Purdue graduate students and faculty.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Program (SURF)

Vicki Leavitt
Program Manager
Phone: 765-496-2349

Seng-Liang Wang Hall, Room 4040
Purdue University
516 Northwestern Avenue
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Eligibility: Undergraduate students enrolled at US institutions in engineering and other STEM disciplines.
Funded: Yes
Keywords: SURF, Engineering, Science, Undergraduate Research

During the summer, undergraduate students conduct research activities under the guidance of a Purdue faculty member and a graduate student mentor. By closely working with other creative and innovative people, students explore, discover, and transform ideas into reality to advance society and improve people's lives.

In addition to conducting research full time for 11 weeks, students attend professional development activities and social events, network with other researchers and present their results at the end of the summer.

Ernest C. Young Hall, Room 170 | 155  S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114 | 765-494-2600

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