Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship

Information for Students

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Wilke Program?
  2. What types of positions are available through the Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship?
  3. How do I apply for a project that interests me?
  4. Can I apply for multiple projects?
  5. May I contact the faculty member directly?
  6. What should my statement of interest include?
  7. What are the requirements to apply?
  8. What happens after I apply for a research position?
  9. Can I work on more than one project in a semester?
  10. Will I receive a scholarship for my participation?
  11. How many hours a week will I work on a project?
  12. How long can I stay in the program?
  13. What are the educational program requirements?
  14. Will I receive credit for my participation?
  15. Can I stay in this program over the summer?
  16. What is a Learning Contract?
  17. How is my progress evaluated?
  18. Are there any additional requirements?

What is the Wilke Program?

Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internships (Wilke) are funded through The Margo Katherine Wilke Trust and the Office of the Vice President to provide College of Liberal Arts research-oriented internships with the goal of interesting students in research as a career field or as part of a graduate program. All of the internships available through Wilke are research positions working with faculty members on projects through the College of Liberal Arts.

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What types of positions are available through the Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Internship Program?

You may view current detailed project descriptions on this website (www.purdue.edu/dp/mkwuri) Available projects change every semester. If you don't see projects that work with your major or fit your skill set, please check each semester for new project descriptions. 

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How do I apply for a project that interests me?

You apply on this website (www.purdue.edu/dp/mkwuri). The application process allows you to apply for multiple projects.

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Can I apply for multiple projects?

You may apply for a maximum of five projects during the academic year.

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May I contact the faculty member directly?

No, if there are any questions regarding a position, please contact the College of Liberal Arts staff at 765-491-1022 or wang567@purdue.edu.

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What should my statement of interest include?

The statement of interest is your opportunity to communicate to the faculty member why you are interested in the project and what skills, abilities, experience, or education you have that qualifies you for the position. The statement must be less than 400 words in length.

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What are the requirements to apply?

You must be enrolled currently in a College of Liberal Arts degree-seeking undergraduate Purdue program with at least sophomore standing and a minimum 3.0 GPA in your major area. You must also be in the process of obtaining your first bachelor's degree. Individual faculty projects may have additional requirements such as a higher minimum GPA, class standing, or required completed coursework. The additional requirements are listed in the project description section. Please verify that you meet all project and program requirements before applying to a project. Only qualified applicants will be forwarded to faculty.

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What happens after I apply for a research position?

The online application must be completed by 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline. The College of Liberal Arts staff will screen the applications to ensure that applicants meet minimum qualifications and then forward qualified applications to the faculty member in charge. Faculty members will directly contact the student(s) they want to interview. Offers of internship positions will be made directly by the faculty member. Please do not contact any faculty advisors until they have contacted you. Meeting minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview or a position. If you are not selected for a project, you will receive an automatic email.

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Can I work on more than one project in a semester?

No, students may only participate in one project at a time. Students may also only participate in one internship program at a time.

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Will I receive a scholarship for my participation?

The Wilke program grants a $500 scholarship per academic year semester. Students receive payment upon completion of the required components of the internship, including research and educational activities. The scholarships are administered through Financial Aid and the Bursar's Office.

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How many hours a week will I work on a project?

The work hours need to be determined by the intern, the participating faculty member, and whether or not additional credit is being awarded. The number of expected hours is outlined on the project description and in the Learning Contract. Students may contribute 6-9 hours per week during the academic year. Students and faculty wishing to work 10-12 hours per week during the academic year need to contact Wilke staff. This program is intended to support educational programs and not to serve as a part-time job. Twelve hours is the maximum amount of time interns may work per week during the academic year. 

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How long can I stay in the program?

When a Learning Contract is signed, the student and faculty members commit to one semester. After each semester, participation will be evaluated and continued based on interest and need. Student participation in Wilke is limited to 1 semester or 2 semesters. Successful collaborations are encouraged to continue outside of Wilke after this year.

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What are the educational program requirements?

During the academic year, students are required to enroll in the one-credit, pass/no-pass course, GS49000. The GS49000 course meets on select Thursdays and covers topics in liberal arts and scholarship. The course is held Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 pm.

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Will I receive credit for my participation?

During the academic year, you are required to enroll in the one-credit, pass/no-pass course, GS49000. Additional research credit may be awarded by the participating faculty members. Research credit will be awarded through the faculty member's department. Please contact Wilke staff if you encounter difficulty with the awarding of research credits. You should contact your academic advisor to determine whether or not the research credit will apply to your plan of study.

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What is a Learning Contract?

The Learning Contract is an agreement between the intern and the participating faculty members. This document is required of all participating research interns. The document outlines the expectations of the internship and is used to evaluate the success of the internship. You need to meet with the faculty member on your project to discuss the following items:

  • Project goals (both overall and student specific).
  • Amount of work per week and additional research course credits, if applicable (3hrs = 1 cr).
  • Reporting requirements (we strongly encourage requiring a research notebook).
  • Confidentiality, intellectual property ownership, and authorship rights.
  • Laboratory training, if applicable.
  • Other requirements (i.e. participation in lab meetings).

The signed Learning Contract must be submitted to the Wilke Coordinator within one week of beginning the internship.

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How is my progress evaluated?

The faculty member will set clear expectations at the start of the internship through the Learning Contract. Regular meetings and formal feedback are highly encouraged. The CLA staff will maintain regular communication and you are asked to immediately report any issues to the CLA staff. A Student Performance Evaluation is completed at the end of the Fall semester by both the student and the faculty member. At the end of the Spring semester, a poster session is held.

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Are there any additional requirements?

Individual projects may require additional laboratory training, confidentiality wavers, and standard research protocols. Faculty and students are strongly encouraged to discuss these research issues and include their expectations in the Learning Contract.

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