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Undergraduate Award for Humanities and STEM Research

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The Undergraduate Award for research and/or scholarship connecting humanities with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is given annually to a Purdue undergraduate student on the West Lafayette campus who best exemplifies the synergistic potential of humanities and STEM in a single research project. This award is open to all Purdue West Lafayette undergraduates, including international and part-time students. The 2021 Award winner will receive $2,500.

Criteria

The recipient of this award will,
  1. exhibit exemplary research and writing skills
  2. have completed or made substantial progress on a research project with humanities/arts and STEM components between January 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021
  3. have participated in
    • an OUR (Office of Undergraduate Research) program or
    • in a college or department undergraduate research effort, or
    • have been selected to publish in JPUR: Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research
  4. submit a product of their research (documents and/or photos)
  5. be in good academic standing and working on their first degree at Purdue University WL
  6. permit Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies to use their photo, story and name in communications (social media, newsletter, etc.) in conjunction to the Award

Application Process

Please complete this application form or submit the following to deanoflibraries@purdue.edu by February 1, 2021.
  1. your name
  2. anticipated graduation year
  3. major(s)
  4. name and email of faculty mentor or reference
  5. short description of research (500 words maximum)
  6. the Purdue program you participated in: OUR, a college or department research effort, or JPUR
  7. the completed/in progress research project (or photos if the product is an art piece)
  8. how you first heard about this award

The deadline for all applications for the Undergraduate Research Award for Humanities and STEM is February 1, 2021.

Selection and notification of the award will be made by the Dean of Libraries and School of Information Studies.

The award will be presented at the Libraries and School of Information Studies Annual Awards ceremony, which is typically held in late spring. For clarifications or questions, please call the Libraries Administrative Office at 765-494-2902 or email us at deanoflibraries@purdue.edu.

About the Undergraduate Research Award for Humanities and STEM

This award was established in 2020 with creativity, passion and generosity from Stephen Pater (BSAE ’65, MSAE ’66) to encourage and inspire undergraduate students to pursue blended research in humanities and STEM fields.

Mr. Pater retired as a computer systems security specialist at Boeing Company. He previously held several positions at Boeing, including systems data analyst and information systems project engineer. Prior to Boeing, he worked in information systems planning at Rockwell International.

As a Purdue student, Mr. Pater was a member of the Symphonic Band. He was also involved in Sigma Gamma Tau, an aerospace engineering honor society, and Tau Beta Pi, the second-oldest honor society in the country and the only engineering honor society to represent the entire engineering profession. After graduation, Stephen joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), which took him to southern California for a time. He earned his MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson School of Management and spent some time during his career teaching at UCLA extension campuses.

Today, he calls himself a proud “Boilermaker Bruin.”