Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship

Q. What is the Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship Program?
A. The Margo Katherine 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. Do you see yourself as a mentor who engages superior undergraduate students considering graduate study? Do you enjoy helping to create and develop new research opportunities that involve students? Is one of your goals to foster the exchange of ideas with a diverse student population?

Q. How can I be involved and what are the benefits to participating in the Wilke Program?
A. Faculty are involved by submitting projects that create innovative and impactful research experiences while working with student partners. Benefits include valuable mentoring experience, $500 stipend per project, and highly motivated student partner or partners.

Q. How do I find a Wilke student partner for my project?
A. Submit a proposal through the OUR Connect Portal. A submission guide and walkthrough for accepting an undergraduate student partner will be sent after the decision deadline listed below.

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 the student partner.

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 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.

Q. My student partner worked on this project last semester, do they 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.

Q. How am I compensated for my work with Wilke?
A. You will receive $500 per project (not per student) per semester. This amount is transferred at the end of the project semester into a discretionary account decided by you and your business office.

Q. How many projects can I supervise per semester?
A. Due to our funding, we are limited to 25 projects per semester. Faculty may submit no more than two projects per semester for consideration.

Q. How many student partners can participate per project?
A. One to two students is preferable.

Q. What semesters are projects accepted?
A. Projects are accepted for the fall and spring semesters. There are very limited summer research funds available through this program. Projects may vary in length from one semester to ongoing.


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

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