Purdue plans Graduate Student Appreciation Week April 2-7

March 22, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is planning several events April 2-7 to celebrate Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

The events include workshops, social gatherings and a keynote speech.

There are 7,567 graduate students currently enrolled at Purdue, representing 52 different states and territories and 124 nations. Forty-three percent of graduate students are international. Since its inception in 1929, the Graduate School has awarded more than 103,000 graduate and professional degrees.

According to data from a 2010 quality of life survey for graduate students, 31 percent are married, 13 percent have one or more children and 7 percent live on campus.

Buttons saying, "Grad Students Have Statistical Significance" have been purchased for all graduate students, who are asked to wear them to raise awareness of their presence. The buttons, which will be distributed to graduate administrators in each department the week before April 2-7, also will give graduate students discounts from some local businesses and admission into the week's events.

The events planned for the week include:

      * Monday, April 2. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., South Memorial Mall. Graduate Student Appreciation Week kickoff. Complete schedules for the week will be available for graduate students, along with games and rides on the Boilermaker Special.

      * Tuesday, April 3. 6-8 p.m., Smith Hall, Room 108. Interviewing/Job Search Workshop.

      * Wednesday, April 4. 9-10 a.m., Class of 1950 Lecture Hall lobby. Free doughnuts will be available for graduate students wearing buttons on a first-come basis.

      * Wednesday, April 4. 10-11 a.m., Recitation Building, Room 315. Investing Workshop, by Purdue Federal Credit Union.

      * Wednesday, April 4. 4-6 p.m., Lily Hall, Room G126. Publication Workshop. Faculty from a variety of fields will answer questions about publishing.

      * Thursday, April 5. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Class of 1950 Lecture Hall, Room 125. Boasting Better Posters. Event features tips for poster making.

      * Thursday, April 5. 5-7 p.m. Armstrong Hall, Room 1109. Networking Workshop. Session will feature instruction on expanding professional networks.

      * Thursday, April 5. 7-9 p.m. Purdue Memorial Union Rack & Roll.  Bowling Social, co-hosted by the Black Graduate Association. Family friendly event is free.

      * Friday, April 6. 6-8 p.m. Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry, Room 200. Keynote speech by Adam Ruben, author of "Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School." Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller and molecular biologist. His book is a satirical look at post-baccalaureate education. In addition to performing at clubs, colleges and private venues, he has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class at Johns Hopkins University. He also writes a humor column in the journal Science.

      * Friday, April 6. 8 p.m. to midnight. Social at Jake's Roadhouse.

      * Saturday, April 7. Graduate Student Olympics, co-hosted by Aero Assist. Teams can register, by Saturday (March 24), at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dG50VFdidlNhSEJGRnFJVFQwT2Y5YUE6MQ
      
Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Source: Rebecca Logsdon, rlogsdo@purdue.edu

Related website:
Purdue University Graduate School
Purdue Graduate Student Government