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.

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

English Language Practice Groups

From the Purdue Online Writing Lab, ESL Group page:

If you are a Purdue University student or scholar whose first language is not English, the Writing Lab’s conversation groups are a terrific way to improve your fluency and expand your vocabulary and knowledge of American idioms. The goal of the conversation groups is that you learn to speak more comfortably about topics that are important to you.  Each week covers a different topic.

To participate, just show up at Heavilon 220 during one of the scheduled days and times below. 

Spring 2016: January 11 – April 29 (No meetings during Spring Break)

  • Monday 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Tuesday 12:30-1:30 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30-10:30 am
  • Thursday 9:30-10:30 am
  • Friday 11:30 am-12:30 pm (TV Snack Chat)

Undergraduate Research Position Open

From Tyson McFall, Academic Advisor in Botany and Plant Pathology:

Undergraduate student research opportunity in the Iyer-Pascuzzi lab

An undergraduate project in the lab is available to study developmental aspects of the transcription factor NIN Like Protein 7 (NLP7) in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. NLP7  is involved in various aspects of plant growth and development including drought responses and regulation of root growth.The project for the spring semester involves understanding how sugars and nitrogen play a role in growth and development of nlp7 mutant plants. The undergraduate student will learn plant tissue culture techniques, cell and molecular biology and root development in plants.The student will learn techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR  and electrophoresis to characterize other mutants that have a roles in pathways affected by NLP7. The student will be mentored to generate data and present in lab meeting and will be encouraged to present the data during undergraduate poster session at Purdue University to improve his/her presentation techniques.  If interested, e-mail asi2@purdue.edu or rkarve@purdue.edu with resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

Ms. McFall adds:

The student doesn’t need prior lab experience or to have taken a plant related class.  This would be a great opportunity for a student to gain lab experience for med school, vet school, or graduate school in a scientific field. . . . I’ve got two other professors who are also looking for some lab help and students can contact me directly about those positions!

Discounted Microsoft Software and other Tech Goodies

There are 4 ways to get free or discounted software at Purdue through ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue):

1) Computer Labs:  ITaP computers are stocked with all sorts of software goodies that you can use for free.  To find a computer lab, see if computers are available (cool interactive map), or how much money is left in your print quota, check out the ITaP Instructional Labs page.

2) Go Remote: This allows you to “borrow” software for a limited time using Purdue’s license.  Start at https://goremote.itap.purdue.edu and then log in using your Purdue Career account.  If your computer does not already have Citrix software on it, you will have to download it from this site before being able to borrow software.

3) Purchase:  ITaP’s Software Licensing and Distribution works with different vendors to procure a discounted software rate.  Of interest to Mac users might be the discounted Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 for only $20!  Adobe Creative Cloud for ETLA and Parallels (Microsoft Desktop for Mac) are also available at massively discounted prices.

4) No Charge: The University also sponsors the licensing fees for some student software, such as SAS, virus scans, JMP, NVivo, etc.  As students are moving to Office 365 for their e-mail, they also benefit from the rest of the Office 365 suite.