Undergraduate Research programs are a great opportunity for undergraduates to build research experience, connect with faculty and researchers, and (sometimes) even earn some money. Undergraduate Research programs can take a variety of formats. Some are informal arrangements with a professor where you work independently on a problem but with guidance from the professor. Other programs are more formal, such as the numerous summer REU programs funded by the National Science Foundation.
These programs are typically an 8-10 week residential program with other students from various universities where you work together on a problem.
Summer REU programs typically involve paid travel expenses and a summer stipend and are very competitive to get admitted to. If you are interested in finding out more about Undergraduate Research opportunities at Purdue, or how to apply to summer REU programs, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.