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Purdue Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE)


PURE 2018 students with Purdue staff

PURE 2018 students with Purdue staff

Purdue Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) is one of the marquee programs of the Purdue-India Initiative. This nine-week summer program in partnership with three Indian Institutes of Technology: IIT Madras, IIT Bombay, and IIT Hyderabad will take place from May 18 to July 17, 2020. Through the program, top students in BTech programs or dual-degree programs graduating in 2021, are matched with Purdue faculty to work on summer research projects. PURE was created in 2016 as a mechanism to raise interest in Purdue graduate programs among high-students from IITs and foster collaborations in research and education by strengthening institutional partnerships—including department-to-department and research group-to-research group activities—while providing substantive research experience to top Indian undergraduates.  PLEASE NOTE: THE SUMMER 2021 PROGRAM HAS BEEN CANCELLED. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION FOR 2022.

IITB: IIT Bombay, Practical Training Cell
IITH: Dr. Siva Kumar, Associate Dean for International Relations
IITM: Office of International Relations


Participating Departments and projects

The below project list for summer 2020 is not exhaustive; faculty had the option to post a project but many did not even though they may still be interested in receiving a PURE student. 

(Note: Students who have adequate background and qualifications may choose to apply for projects/positions in departments other than the one at which they are currently enrolled at their IIT).

Below is a list of participating Purdue departments in PURE 2020 with projects offered:

Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Physics and Astronomy


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