Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program Fall 2019


Q. What is the Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program?
A. The Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program (referred to as the Wilke Program) is a competitive program that pairs a faculty research project with a student partner. Student partners also enroll in a 1 credit seminar (SCLA 49100 Wilke Undergrad Research Internship) which introduces them to basic practices in research and assists students in creating a poster to present their research.

Q. Is the Wilke Program right for me?
A. Are you a CLA Major? Are you interested in undergraduate research, consulting, or creative endeavors? Do you have 3-5 hours a week to work with your faculty mentor? Then the Wilke Program is right for you! Participating in undergraduate research programs provide opportunities to refine professional and personal interests while building a network of professors and mentors. These experiences and connections can be useful later on in your career with graduate school applications or employment.

Q. How can I be involved and what are the benefits to participating in the Wilke Program?
A. Student partners are involved by participating in projects that create innovative and impactful research experiences while working with faculty mentors. Benefits include valuable research experience, $500 stipend per semester, and the opportunity to participate in a large scale poster presentation session.

Q. How do I find a Wilke Program project?
A. Submit an application through the OURConnect Portal. An application guide and walkthrough for accepting an undergraduate research project will be sent after the faculty selects a student partner.

Q.How many hours per week should a student partner work per credit hour of research?
A. The expectation is normally in the range of 3 to 5 hours per week per credit hour, similar to the time required for lab or studio courses. You should discuss your expectations with your faculty mentor.

Q. What is expected of student partners outside of research work?
A. Each student partner participating in Wilke Program must complete* SCLA 49100 Wilke Undergrad Research Internship, attend workshops hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research, and present a poster at the Purdue University Research Conference in April. If the student is graduating in December, a smaller fall conference is available. For additional information regarding SCLA 49100, please contact Holly Tittle-Hudson.

Q. I worked on a Wilke Program project last semester, do I need to take the class and present each time?

A. *Student partners are required to present at the Purdue University Research Conference one time during their Wilke Program participation. Subsequent semesters they will complete a research synopsis and volunteer at one or two undergraduate research events per semester while participating in the Wilke Program.

How am I compensated for my work with Wilke?
A. You will receive $500 per project per semester. This amount is awarded through the Division of Financial Aid and the Bursar’s Office. Additional questions about timing of scholarship awards should be directed to Holly Tittle-Hudson.

Q. How many projects can I participate in per semester?
A. You may only participate in ONE Wilke Program project per semester.

Q. Who should I contact if I have questions?
A. Please contact Holly Tittle-Hudson, Undergraduate Research Coordinator.


 

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