Science Bound moves to Purdue Polytechnic Institute

September 15, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Science Bound program at Purdue University is now part of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and has been renamed Purdue Bound. The program had been part of the Provost’s Office. 

Provost Deba Dutta approved the move at the beginning of the academic year.

“The Science Bound program will be a great fit in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. Purdue Polytechnic’s commitment to improving STEM education - prior to, during and after college - lays a strong foundation for this important program,” Dutta said. 

As part of the transition, Purdue Bound’s new name will better reflect its mission and current practices. 

“Students in this program have enrolled in nearly every college at Purdue. While our reporting structure has changed, our mission remains the same: to prepare Indianapolis High School students for STEM-related careers,” said program director Wesley Campbell. “We are excited to work in tandem with the Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School, which we believe will be another great partner for our efforts.”  

Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis High School is expected to open in Fall 2017 and will have a STEM-focused curriculum. The Purdue Bound program will be integrated into the school but will continue its work and collaboration with the Indianapolis Public Schools.  

Gary Bertoline, dean of the Purdue Polytechnic, agrees that the Purdue Bound program is a natural fit with the college’s goals for higher education transformation. The college is working to improve the pipeline of high school students who are ready for and excited to pursue STEM-related majors and careers in the Polytechnic Institute as well as other colleges at Purdue. 

“Science Bound has established a model for success. We want to build on its experience to make it an even stronger entity for its partners in Indianapolis,” Bertoline said. 

Since 2002 the Science Bound program has worked with students, parents, teachers, private industry partners, and university faculty and staff to provide a pathway to success for Indianapolis high school students, especially underrepresented minorities. The program includes after-school workshops, experiential activities, summer camps and internships for high school students; seminars for their parents; and a University program for those who enroll at Purdue. 

Contact: Wesley Campbell, 765-496-6142, wesleyl@purdue.edu 

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