Apply to be an EXPL Peer Mentor!

Have you ever wanted to help others and/or mentor someone? Do you have endless stores of knowledge and wisdom just waiting to be shared (academic, social, or professional)? Is your love for Exploratory Studies and Purdue infinite???

If so, then we’re looking for YOU! We need AWESOME, AMAZING, and DEDICATED students to help mentor new incoming Purdue students in Exploratory Studies next year. If you have a sincere interest, we encourage you to apply! Please follow the link below to the application for all the nitty-gritty details, and please note the upcoming deadline of Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

If you have any questions, contact the Peer Mentor Advisor, Mary Beth Lencke at

Application for Peer Mentors: 

PSY Summer 2015 Course options

From Sue Phebus, PSY Schedule Deputy:

We have several summer offerings in PSY (listed below) and would like to call your attention to a new course being developed from the clinical area.  This course is open to any student in any major:

Personality & Mental Illness-PSY 39200, CRN 11113  (Prerequisite: PSY 350,     Instructor: Doug Samuel)

A crucial role for clinical psychologists is the assessment and diagnosis of mental disorders. This course provides a primer on how psychological constructs, such as the Five-Factor Model of personality, are assessed and measured. Armed with this knowledge, students will learn the major instruments that are used to assess personality and mental disorders in clinical practice and get hands-on experience at administering, scoring, and interpreting scores on these measures. This course will provide material that will be highly beneficial for those seeking a career in the mental health field.

Here are the Summer 2015 PSY course options.  It is a good mix of classroom-based and distance courses. The distance courses are fully online, with NO on-campus meetings or on-site exams.

PSY 12000-Elementary Psychology
PSY 20000-Intro to Cognitive Psychology
PSY 20100-Intro to Statistics in Psychology
PSY 20300-Intro to Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 22200-Intro to Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 23500-Child Psychology
PSY 23900-Psychology of Women
PSY 24000-Intro to Social Psychology
PSY 24400-Intro to Human Sexuality
PSY 27200-Intro to Industrial/Organizational Psychology
PSY 31400-Intro to Learning
PSY 33500-Stereotyping and Prejudice
PSY 34200-Psychology of Personality
PSY 35000-Abnormal Psychology

Carroll Award Applications (due April 6)

The Berenice A. Carroll Feminism, Peace, and Social Justice Award recognizes contributions to scholarship and activism that are related to engagement with feminist studies, peace studies, and other social justice issues. It aims to honor Professor Carroll’s contributions to teaching, scholarship, and activism including anti-war, feminist, pro-ERA, anti-sweatshop activism, to name a few, by recognizing those students involved in feminist or social justice work—be it purely academic, purely activist, or a mixture of both. Detailed award information and application form are available at the link above.  The deadline for application is April 6.


Upcoming LGBTQ Events (March 26 – April 9)

From the LGBTQ Center Program Coodinator:

Monday, March 30
Championing Equality: LGBTQ Athletes and Allies
Fowler Hall (STEW), 6:00pm – 8:45pm

Tuesday, March 31
Transgender Day of Visibility

  • LGBTQ Film Series: The MatrixLGBTQ Center
    (SCHL 230), 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Panel Discussion- Beyond Visibility: Transgender Students and Staff at Purdue
    MTHW 304, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, April 2

  • LGBTQ Film Series: Rent
    SCHL 236, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Get Yourself Tested
    Purdue University Student Health Center, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Thursday, April 9
Book Club meets La Polilla Café: Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa by Rigoberto González
Latino Cultural Center, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

An electronic copy of the book can be found on the Purdue University Library

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Emily!

Each month, we’ll take a look at some students who started their journey in Exploratory Studies. All of these students have found their perfect major at Purdue. Be sure to check out our blog each week for a new post that will feature a different student and their new major at Purdue.

Let’s meet Emily.

Emily Grimm

Name: Emily Grimm

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Newburgh, IN

“How long were you in EXPL?

Two semesters.

Why did you start in EXPL? 

During my senior year of high school, I was very stressed about choosing a major. I knew I was interested in math and science, but I was not quite sure where I fit in the STEM fields. One of the deciding factors for attending Purdue was the Exploratory Studies program. Looking back on my experience with the program, I am so grateful that I started there! I learned so much about myself, careers, and even campus resources during my first semester. Now that I am in my major, I know this is exactly where I need to be and I would not have gotten there without Exploratory Studies.

Why did you choose your current major?

I chose Industrial Engineering because it combines my two passions: technical knowledge and people skills. While other engineers work with engines and circuit boards, IE’s work with people. In my major, the goal is to find the best way for people, technology, and machinery to work together to improve efficiency and reduce waste. It is so satisfying to examine all of the components of a system and re-engineer them to create a better overall product.

What type of person would be good for this major?

Industrial engineers work with a lot of data, so it is important to be able to see the big picture instead of focusing on small details. Also, many IE’s move on to management positions or start their own company, so it is important to develop strong interpersonal and communication skills. If you have lofty goals of becoming a CEO, the Industrial Engineering department produces the most CEOs of any school at Purdue! Although Industrial Engineering is not as heavy in technical knowledge as other fields, it still requires many math and science courses. But the great payback is that IE’s work in diverse fields and positions such as manufacturing, health care, business, finance, and even government.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

Being a part of the Exploratory Studies Advisory Council and all the fun activities we do.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

The community atmosphere and strong legacy of successful alumni.

Fun Fact?

Last semester, I got to build a quadcopter drone as part of an engineering class!”

Interview conducted and written by Jacob B., sophomore.

CCO Open House for Students with Disabilities (March 30)

CCO Open House for Students with Disabilities
Hosted by the Center for Career Opportunities (CCO) and the Disability Resource Center (DRC)

Monday, March 30, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Young Hall (YONG), Room 186
No Registration required

Purdue Students with Disabilities are invited to come to an open house at the CCO to learn about the services CCO offers students with disabilities.  During the open house there will be FREE PIZZA, tours of the CCO, and discuss tips for disclosing your disability in the hiring process.  Karen Nielson, DRC Director, and Ali Mears, Career Services Consultant and Liaison to the DRC, will lead this fun event for Purdue students with disabilities.