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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program will hold its annual research symposium July 31.

This summer 145 students from engineering, agriculture and science disciplines are participating in SURF. During the symposium, they will present their summer research to professors, graduate students, general public and other program participants.

The symposium will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering. It is free and open to the public.

The SURF program, celebrating its 11th summer, was started in 2003 by Jay P. Gore, Reilly University Chair Professor of Engineering.  It provides undergraduate students in engineering, science and technology with an intensive, interdisciplinary research experience, allowing them to work closely with graduate students and professors and to gain hands-on laboratory experience.

The interdisciplinary nature of research at Purdue gives undergraduates the opportunity to work with researchers outside their discipline. During the 2013 program, a quarter of the participants took advantage of that opportunity.

Research categories include energy, technology and software development, nanotechnology, movement and dynamics, biology and genetics, sustainability and the environment, infrastructure and vehicles, health and pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and material science.

New this year, research abstracts and other scholarly documents from SURF students will be available at Purdue e-Pubs, as part of the SURF Research Symposium proceedings.

Purdue e-Pubs is a free service of the Purdue Libraries and provides free global online access to Purdue research. SURF will be the first organized undergraduate research program to deposit research documents to the Purdue e-Pubs. The SURF material can be found at http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/surf

SURF is administered by the College of Engineering and directed by Melba Crawford, associate dean for research in engineering.

A complete symposium agenda with times and locations is available at https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Research/SURF/Participants/Summer/Events/RequiredMeetings/surf-symposium