2017-2018 Martin Agricultural Research 

Fund Scholarship Information 

Annually, multiple $2000 scholarships (applied toward your Purdue costs in the following academic year) are awarded to students who demonstrate high academic performance, quality research contributions, and a desire for continued learning about the conduct of research in agriculture. Agricultural Research Programs provides an additional $500 to the recipient's faculty mentor for supplies and expenses incurred during the course of the student's research. These are always very competitive awards with recipients being selected by a panel of faculty members. Application deadline is March 24, 2017, for the 2017-2018 academic year scholarships. See links below for online submission of materials.​​

The successful applicant will (with the help of a faculty research mentor): 

 1.  Undertake a research project.
 2.  Apply for the scholarship.
 3.  Obtain a letter of recommendation from student's research mentor.
 4.  Submit a short research progress report​ at the end of each semester in which student is funded. 
 5.  Showcase student's project at the annual Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium in April 2018.



   1. Application is required and must be submitted no later than March 24, 2017.  It should include a description of the subject, introduction, literature review, hypotheses and objectives, approaches to be use and expected results. Students are encouraged to seek help from research advisors to complete the proposal.  

   2. Letter of recommendation is required from the student's research mentor and should address the student's research potential and academic success and verify that research space is available for the student's project. Additionally, preference is given to support research mentors who are faculty from the College of Agriculture.

   3. There is no specific GPA requirement for these scholarships. However, the student's academic performance is taken into consideration when reviewing applications, and preference is given to students with a 2.75 and above cumulative G.P.A.

   4. Student applications submitted in Spring 2017 are allocated for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications​ are only reviewed once a year in the spring for the following academic year.

   5. Allocation includes $1000 per semester for the fall and spring semesters.  (Note:  If the student is on campus only for the fall semester, allocation will be $1000 for the fall semester only.)

   6. Student must be registered as a full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours) College of Agriculture undergraduate student while receiving the scholarship.  

   7. Student must register for research credit during each semester of the scholarship and must complete a written progress report at the end of each semester.

   8. Student must prepare a poster for the Purdue University Undergraduate Research and Poster Symposium in April.  If a recipient graduates in December, a detailed research report must be submitted to Mary Helen Halsema (nesbitt@purdue.edu) at the end of the fall semester.