Fulbright Scholarships Week (Feb. 8 – 11)

From the NISO Fulbright website

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards over 1,900 fully-funded grants for U.S. citizens to research, study, or teach during a post-baccalaureate year abroad.  Although this is something our Exploratory Studies students cannot pursue now, it’s worth gathering information early!  Here’s what’s happening during Fulbright Week (February 8th – 11th):

Mon. 2/8 in STEW 313

  • 5:00 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview (RSVP here)
  • 5:45 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program – STEM Students (RSVP here)

Mon. 2/8 in Shreve Hall C-107

  • 7:00 PM: Fulbright U.S. Student Program Overview (RSVP here)

Tues. 2/9 in STEW 206

  • 6:00 PM: Research and Study Grants – Guidance for applying undergraduate students (RSVP here).                                                                              Guest: Allison Turner, 2015-16 Fulbright Grantee – Canada, and Purdue Alumna
  • 6:45 PM
    English Teaching Assistant Grants (RSVP here).                                     Guest: Collin Hanson, 2014-15 Fulbright Grantee – Ecuador, and Purdue Alumnus

Wed. 2/10 in STEW 279

  • 5:30 PM: Research and Study Grants – guidance for applying graduate students (RSVP here)
  • 6:15 PM: English Teaching Assistant Grants (RSVP here)
    Guest: Collin Hanson, 2014-15 Fulbright Grantee – Ecuador, and Purdue Alumnus

Thurs. 2/11 in Duhme Hall Living Room

  • 6:00 PM: Meet and Mix with International Fulbright Scholars on Campus (RSVP here)

Details about each of these sessions is available at the NISO Fulbright website.

Lunar New Year Celebrations (Feb. 5 – 8)

Join a large percentage of the world in celebrating the Lunar New Year starting tonight (gathered from IP Upcoming Events, 2/2/16):

PSUB invites you to celebrate the year of the fire monkey!  Experience the rich cultures of various Asian countries surrounding Lunar New Year with food, crafts and performances!  Come be a part of this holiday celebration on Friday, February 5th from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.

Purdue University Chinese Students & Scholars Association (PUCSSA) invites one and all to the Chinese New Year Gala celebration on Sunday, February 7th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Of all the events and activities PUCSSA holds each year, this event is the biggest and most important.  New Year is to the Chinese like Christmas is to Americans. As international students are far from home, PUCSSA hopes Chinese students will experience a sense of home, and others will experience the richness of Chinese culture, music and dance.

Tickets are available for advance purchase February 2nd through 5th from 1:30 pm -5:30 pm in front of HSSE Library (within Stewart Center).  Tickets can also be purchased the day of event at the door.  Prices range from $5 to $15, with discounts available for PUCSSA members.

  • Chinese New Year Reception – February 8th

The Chinese New Year is February 8th!  Purdue will host an all-campus reception from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Purdue, the event will feature Chinese food, music, calligraphy, and a lion dance demonstration. Free and open to the public.

Interesting Career Exploration Websites and Articles

Here are a few interesting career exploration websites that you may find useful:

  • Digital Companies Need More Liberal Arts Majors (Harvard Business Review online)
  • Cal Newport’s Blog: Look for his posts on time management, studying, rethinking [career] passion, etc. Practical, and yet, sometimes groundbreaking ways to conceptualize careers and productivity.
  • Learn How to Become.org – up-to-date information about various majors, degree information, and lots of career resources.
  • CCO Holland Codes matched to Purdue majors – R, I, A, S, E, C personality codes and the best Purdue majors for each.
  • CareerOneStop – The Department of Labor’s treasure trove for all Americans in all types of jobs.  As a “big-picture” resource, it’s one of the best, including rich information about industries, career, the labor market, training, salaries, and job search skills.


Free Mindfulness Series to Reduce Stress (starting Feb. 29)

From Tammy Loew, Senior Assistant Director – Wellness Programs, Cordova Recreational Sports Center: 

Could you benefit from learning about stress coping skills and awareness?  We all could! Our free, four-part Mindfulness Series will take place on February 29th, March 2nd, March 7th, and March 9th. A total of 25 seats are open and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

To register, email Will Evans, Assistant Director Health and Wellness Programs.  Registration will end February 28th or once the slots are filled.

Cargill Global Scholars Program Competition (app. deadline March 1)

Cargill and the Institute of International Education (IIE) are pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 Cargill Global Scholars Program application cycle.

We have deeply valued our partnership with Purdue University over the past three years of the program and hope to continue this partnership in the program’s fourth year. As a partner university, first and second year undergraduate students who demonstrate exemplary academic achievement, leadership potential and study in a field relevant to Cargill’s world of food, agriculture and risk management are eligible to apply.

In addition to an annual scholarship award of $2,500 (for up to two years), the Cargill Global Scholars Program provides leadership development opportunities through seminars, networking events, and a one-on-one mentoring program with Cargill executives. These enrichment activities have been designed to help foster and enhance the Cargill Global Scholars’ leadership potential and critical thinking skills, and equip them with the tools necessary to become global leaders and decisions makers.

In the United States ten scholarships will be awarded during the 2016 academic year.

Students specializing in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply:  Agriculture, Business, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Food Science, International Relations, Political Science, and Public Policy.

The application deadline is March 1, 2016 and we are currently accepting applications online at http://www.cargillglobalscholars.com/.  Send questions concerning the Cargill Global Scholars Program in the United States to cargillglobalscholars@iie.org