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Summer Stay Scholarships at Purdue

For domestic and international students

Explore Summer Stay Opportunities

$2500 scholarship to cover summer tuition and fees

140 hours of research/internship completed by August 8

Scholarship for summer housing expenses

Possible course credit for internships (140 hours could = 3 credits)
Scholars take 9 credit hours including a two-credit (online) wellness course

Study abroad scholarships may still qualify to participate
Organized research and internship opportunities 

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  • 2018 Summer Stay Krannert Research Opportunities

    Students will learn skills in using the world's leading mathematical modeling software, Wolfram Mathematica. See for great examples of the amazing capabilities of this extraordinary software. Once trained in the software, students will then assist in building mathematical models related to my research projects. For examples of my research, go to and click on the gray "Publications" box in the middle of the page. Preference will be given to students who can continue working on these projects after the summer, as a paid research assistant job during the following academic year. In addition to the standard Summer Stay Scholars scholarship, I will pay a $12 per hour wage for the 140 hours of summer work, as well as for any ongoing research assistant work during the following academic year.

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  • 2018 Interdisciplinary Internships Involving Research Opportunities

    This person will work as an intern with the Student Success area for Dining & Catering. The intern will help with talking to students and families at STAR. Learn more

    The intern will create visualizations and conduct analyses of institutional data sets in collaboration with our campus partners to inform executive decision-making at the University. $12/hour. Learn more

    This position will assist with the implementation of Think Summer programs on campus in conjunction with the Purdue Student Union Board. Duties will include assisting with the selection, planning, implementation and evaluation of campus-wide programs and entertainment with support from other student leaders. Learn more

    The Enrollment Management Analysis & Reporting department would like to welcome an intern to collaborate with our team of data analysts. The intern will gain valuable experience while creating reports to extract information from large databases. Learn more

    Diversity and Inclusion focus, the successful candidate will learn more about the Enrollment Management process in higher education including but not limited to admissions recruitment, data analysis, bench marking, and predictive modeling.  Learn more

    The Pathmaker Internship program is looking for a talented student to coordinate activities related to Purdue internships. Thirty companies are active in hiring students to work on or near campus during the school year. The position will assist with facilitating the marketing and implementation of these near-campus internship opportunities. Interact with corporate representatives to develop demographic and participation based metrics.  Learn more

    The Office of Commercialization is looking for a talented student to participate on the Dawn or Doom symposium marketing team. This position will interact with faculty members across campus as well as with speakers from outside the University. The intern will provide support for the symposium by:-Researching subjects related to emerging technologies. Learn more

    The ITaP Commercialization department is seeking an intern to work on a marketing strategy for educational mobile and web applications. The intern hired will need strong marketing, communication and social media skills.  Learn more

    The Research Computing group inside of ITaP is looking for driven undergraduates to work on our upcoming big data services. These include exciting web technologies like Rshiny and Jupyterhub as well as software like Splunk, Hadoop, and R. You should be familiar with Linux and be comfortable at the command line. Learn more

    Informatics is seeking student interns to assist in the design and development of commercial teaching and learning applications. Experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript, and SQL is required. Learn more

    The student research intern in the Undergraduate Research Office will assist with the continued development and execution of a social media communication strategy. The intern will predominantly assist with conducting audience research and analysis to continue building and refining the existing social media communication strategy.  Learn more

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  • 2018 OUR Scholarship Opportunities

     For the Spring, 2018 
     A scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students interested in doing research 
     The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR), in partnership with the colleges, announces a research scholarship program to recognize undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, or creative work under the guidance of a Purdue faculty or approved research mentor.  
     The application is open and the deadline is Friday, October 20.     

    Students Apply Here Faculty Mentors complete

What is the Purdue Undergraduate Research Symposium?

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The Purdue Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduates to present what they have learned through research experiences to a broad community. The event is held in April 2018 at the Purdue Memorial Union on the West Lafayette campus. Monetary prizes are awarded to the top researchers with public recognition for the first, second and third place entries in each participating college. Participation as a team or individual under the mentorship of a faculty advisor could result in positive impact in local and/or global communities.

  • Student Information/Schedule

    Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium
    Student Information
    April 11, 2017

    Thank you for participating in the 2017 Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium! Please read these instructions and look over the enclosed materials carefully.

    Schedule for the Afternoon

    12:00-1:00 Students check in and set up the posters
    1:00-3:00 Judging
    3:30-4:00 Poster Viewing (tabulation of scores)
    4:00 (approx.) Awards Ceremony
    5:00 (approx.) Event over; take down posters


    Posters should be no larger than 56 inches by 42 inches. Please review the information on the Undergraduate Research web site under Attend the Symposium -- Poster Design & Presentation
    ( for guidelines about format and content for your poster.


    We expect you to be present as much as possible during the scheduled judging time. We will attempt to work with any scheduling constraints you provided in your on-line application. If you need to leave for a few minutes, please indicate the time of your return on the postcard in your packet and post it at eye level on the left side of your board. That way, if a judge misses you, he/she will know when to return. We do hope that you’ll take the opportunity to look at other posters periodically when not being judged.


    Refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon.

    Awards Ceremony

    The awards ceremony will take place immediately after judging results are tallied. The time listed in the agenda is approximate.

    Peoples’ Choice Awards -- All attendees (including student presenters) will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite poster this year with awards being given to the posters receiving the most votes.

    Poster Takedown

    Please leave your poster in place until after the Awards Ceremony. We will want to get photos of some of the awardwinning posters. After the ceremony please take down your poster and bring the push pins to the check-in table.

    Problems Throughout the Day

    If there are any problems at any point during the day, please go to the check-in table. The personnel there will be able to direct you to resources.

    Again, thank you for participating! We are excited about the event and are delighted to have such a variety of exhibits. We hope that you enjoy the day.


    Note card: To leave a note for judges (if you need to step away from your poster, let the judge know when you will return).
    Judging Criteria Sheet

    Participation Certificate

  • Student Frequently Asked Questions

    • How do I apply to participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium?

    Participation is tentative as you must apply for a spot in the symposium. The link for the application is in the button labeled “Students Apply Here.”

    • How do I choose a topic?

    Start by selecting a general subject that interests you. This could be case competitions, for example. Then start asking questions about case competitions: Are people more likely to obtain a career right out of college if they increase their participation in case competitions? Is there a link between self-confidence and participation in case competitions?

    The most interesting and riveting question is a great place to start when conducting research. As you learn a little more about your research question, you can formulate a hypothesis around this research area.

    • How do I find a mentor?

    Start by talking with faculty and staff that you have started to build a relationship with. Talk with faculty that has the same area of interest in research as you. It starts with a simple conversation.

    • Where do I print my poster?

    As a Krannert student, you can print your poster by emailing Attach a PDF of the poster and be sure to include the dimensions of the research poster. In the body of the email make sure to include that you were referred to the copy center by the Leadership Communication Studio.

    • What are the dimensions that my poster needs to be?

    For the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium the dimensions need to be 3 feet X 4 feet or smaller.

    • Are there templates available to help me create my poster?

    Some links to templates:

    • When will I find out if I can participate?

    You will be notified by March 24th, 2017.

    • What are some incentives for participating?

    You have the opportunity to win monetary cash prizes and the potential to get your research published. Also, participation in the Undergraduate Research & Poster Symposium earns recognition on your Purdue Co-Curricular Transcript.

    Download Student and Faculty FAQs

  • Faculty Frequently Asked Questions

    • How can I get involved in the symposium?

    To start, you can assist your students in their research either as a mentor or faculty researcher. For the day of the event, judges will be required to evaluate student presentations. Faculty members are encouraged to judge the event.

    • How do I register to become a judge?

    A link will be provided on the website after student application deadline is closed on March 10th, 2017. This link will be updated as soon as it is available.

    • Is there anything I must do to become a mentor?

    Find a student who is seeking assistance and regularly assist them in formulating and conducting research. All you must do is give advice and direction.

    • Where can my student receive help in creating a presentation?

    Refer your students to this webpage. They are also able to contact the Leadership Communication Studio directly at Meetings with a Leadership Communication Studio Consultant are available upon request.

    • How can a student print their poster?

    Students can print their posters by emailing Attached a PDF of the poster and be sure to include the dimensions of the research poster. In the body of the email make sure to include that you were referred to the copy center by the Leadership Communication Studio. The dimensions of posters must be 3 feet X 4 feet.

    Download Student and Faculty FAQs

  • Judging Criteria

    Poster #:

    Mastery Level






    A. Content: overall treatment of
    topic. Research question, probem
    defined. Abstract covers topic.
    Accurate interpretation of data.
    Importance, relevance of topic.

    Question, problem undefined; abstract
    does not cover topic; contains a lot of
    inaccurate or faulty interpretations of
    data; lacks discussion of relevance,

    Question, problem not well-defined;
    abstract could reflect topic better;
    contains some factual errors or
    inaccurate interpretations; relevance,
    importance could be better clarified.

    Question, problem adequately
    defined; abstract captures topic fairly
    well; data is mostly correct and
    acurately interpreted; relevance and
    importance are generally clear.

    Question, problem well defined; abstract
    fully reflects topic; data correct and well
    interpreted; relevance, importance of
    topic clear.

    B. Organization: logical ordering of
    ideas; conclusions tied to data,
    implications for future. Project
    planning and execution.

    Ideas not presented in logical order;
    basis for conclusions unclear;
    implications for future not discussed.
    Project does not appear to have been
    well-planned and/or executed.

    Some ideas not presented in logical
    order; the basis for some conclusions
    unclear; implications for future vague.
    Project could have been better
    planned and/or executed.

    Most ideas are presented in logical
    order; the basis of most conclusions
    are clear; some future implications
    follow conclusions. Project in
    general appears to have been wellplanned
    and executed.

    Ideas are presented in logical order; the
    basis for conclusions are clear;
    implications for the future follow
    conclusions. Outstanding project in terms
    of planning and execution.

    C. Documentation: proper support
    and sourcing of major ideas; partners
    and advisors credited.

    Little or no support for major ideas;
    little or no sourcing provided;
    partners and advisors not credited.

    Some support provided for major
    ideas; sourcing is outdated or
    irrelevant; some partners and advisors
    are credited.

    Adequate support provided for key
    ideas; sourcing is generally relevant
    and current; partners and advisors are

    Effective support provided for key ideas;
    sourcing is current and relevant; partners
    and advisors are credited.

    D. Visual Presentation: appearance
    and legibility of poster; effectiveness
    of poster in delivering message.

    Poster is unappealing and difficult to
    read; poster does not effectively
    deliver the message.

    Poster would benefit from more
    careful execution; poster somewhat
    supports message.

    Poster is legible and understandable;
    poster adequately supports message.

    Poster is attractive and easily read; poster
    well represents and supports the message.

    E. Oral Presentation: Adequate
    volume, appropriate pace, diction,
    language, professional appearance,
    enthusiasm/energy, posture; effective
    use of visual aids.

    Low volume or energy; pace too slow
    or fast; poor diction; language
    inappropriate for audience; distracting
    gestures or posture; unprofessional
    appearance; visual aids poorly used.

    More volume/energy needed at times;
    pace too slow or fast; some
    inappropriate language used; some
    distracting gestures or posture;
    adequate appearance; use of visual
    aids could be improved.

    Adequate volume and energy;
    generally good pace and diction;
    mostly appropriate language; few or
    no distracting gestures; professional
    appearance; visual aids used

    Good volume and energy; proper pace
    and diction; language proper and
    understandable by a layperson; avoidance
    of distracting gestures; professional
    appearance; visual aids used effectively.

    F. Interaction: eye contact; listens to
    and answers questions.

    Little or no eye contact; poor listening
    skills; uneasiness or inability to
    answer questions.

    Additional eye contact needed at
    times; better listening skills needed;
    some difficulty answering questions.

    Fairly good eye contact; displays
    ability to listen; provides adequate
    answers to questions.

    Good eye contact; excellent listening
    skills; answers questions with authority
    and accuracy.

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  • 2017 UGRS Winners

    The following Krannert Students received monetary award and public recognition at the event:

    1st Purdue Orbital Marketing and Business Development

    Leeanne Chen, Senior

     Leeanne Chen

    2nd Comparing the Sick Leave and Maternity Leave Policies in the United States and France

    Brianna Gieseler, Senior

     Brianna Gieseler

    3rd Can a Two-Day Industry Related Experience Impact What Students Want to Do After Graduation?

    Oswin Chackochan, Senior

    Oswin Chackochan

  • 2016 Krannert 1st Place Winner

    2016 Undergraduate Research Symposium 1st Place Winner

    The Undergraduate Research Symposium was held at the Purdue Memorial Union on April 14, 2016. Honor student, Christine Rasquinha, a Krannert undergraduate took 1st place in the Krannert division with her research on case competitions. Her research supports:

    "Case competitions do positively influence the success of students by making it easier to work in teams, increasing their participation for the work force, increasing application opportunity of class materials."

    2016 Krannert Undergraduate Research Symposium 1st Place
    Christine Rasquinha
    Krannert Undergraduate, Class of 2017
    Krannert MBA, Class of 2018

Creating an Effective Poster and Presenting It