Summer Job at the Horticulture Greenhouse (Summer 2016)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, April 14, 2016: 

Summer Jobs – Horticulture Greenhouse Team

  • 10-20 hours per week on weekdays and every third weekend.
  • Duties include watering plants, stocking, cleaning, trash, minor mntc tasks, beneficial insect release, drip irrigation installation.
  • Assist with research project.
  • $10/hour

Contact Rob Eddy at  or pick up application at HGRH 1139B.  They hope to do interviews soon so contact him asap.

Global Fest Callout (April 22)

West Lafayette Global Fest will be hosting a callout for their annual Global Fest street festival on Friday, April 22 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the International Center at 523 N. Russell St.  If you’re interested in participating and need more information on the event or want to sign up for a booth, please feel free to attend this callout.  This event includes lots of vendors, food, musical acts, and dancing.  It’s a wonderful way to meet people from around the world!

Columbian Park Zoo Internships (app. due April 5)

From Logan Judy, Marketing Manager, Columbian Park Zoo: 

The Columbian Park Zoo is now accepting applications for our Fall 2016 Internship Program, including animal care and zoo education positions.

Animal Care Interns assist zookeepers with the daily husbandry tasks associated with a variety of domestic and exotic animals housed at the Zoo. Some of our past interns have gone on to successful careers as zookeepers and veterinarians at other facilities.

Education Interns work with Animal Ambassadors to present conservation messages to a variety of audiences at the Zoo and throughout Greater Lafayette.  As a result, education interns build experience in the areas of informal science education and nature interpretation.  Through school outreach programs interns can also develop skills delivering content aligned to Indiana Department of Education and Next Generation Science standards.

Applicants should be dedicated and dependable students with strong communication skills and a minimum 2.5 GPA.  The program requires a minimum 12-week commitment at 15 hours per week.  Internships are unpaid, but provide an exciting way to gain the hands-on experience necessary to become competitive in today’s job market.

For more information and the internship application, please go to our website:  Fall 2016 Internship Application packets are due by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.


Data Science Competition and Course

From Dr. Mark D. Ward, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair, Department of Statistics: 

These opportunities are available to all Purdue undergraduate students!

  1. Purdue will host an ASA DataFest from April 1st – 3rd.  This year, because of some joint funding from Google, I am pleased to announce that ANY Purdue undergraduate student can participate.  Here’s how it works:
  • The data for the competition comes from a very well-known company, but will remain secret until the start of the competition on April 1st.
  • Students are given 2 days to analyze the data.  Then, they’ll make a very short presentation about the results of their analysis on April 3rd.
  • There is NO FEE to register.  The details of the ASA DataFest are here:
  • Team of (up to) 5 Purdue undergraduate students can register here:
  1. I am thinking about offering an undergraduate seminar about data science in the Fall semester 2016.  This would be open to all Purdue undergraduate students!  If you are interested in the possibility of joining this seminar, please send me an email expressing your interest.  I envision a seminar that would give a brief overview (1-credit, just 1 day a week) of topics such as R, data visualization, UNIX, bash shell, regular expressions, SQL, XML, and more. This course does not (yet) appear in the MyPurdue catalog, because I am trying to determine student interest before officially announcing it.