Engineering Research Roundtable (Nov. 10)

From Darshini Render, Asst. Dir. of Student Success, College of Engineering:

The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers and Tau Beta Pi, along with four participating colleges, are sponsoring the 5th annual Research Roundtable. The event aims to connect Purdue undergraduate students with Purdue faculty, research groups, and even other outside companies/research affiliates, and will take place on November 10th, 2015 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (broken into two sessions: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm & 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm).

This is an ideal opportunity for undergraduates to connect with faculty and research centers in their specific field of investigation, and apply for positions in their lab for the summer or the following academic year. If you are looking to get involved with a research project, whether for tech elective credit, a summer fellowship, or internship, come to the Roundtable, and see what’s available for you.

Prior to the event, students will have access to an electronic brochure for the event with the schedule and participating research groups listed. With more faculty and research centers becoming interested and the governing student organizations expanding their effort and marketing to students, we anticipate to eclipse last year’s opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to contact the event organizers (Stephen Murray, and Ben Helfrecht, or Vicki Leavitt in the SURF office at

Free EXPL Trip to Exploration Acres (Oct. 17)

From Valarie Skaggs, Exploratory Student Advisory Council President:

All Exploratory Studies students are invited to a FREE trip to Exploration Acres on Saturday, Oct. 17th!!  Exploration Acres is a gorgeous farm just outside of Lafayette that boasts a fantastic corn maze, fun hay rides, a huge pumpkin patch, and lots of campfire spots to create S’mores.

If you’d like to attend, please e-mail Valarie Skaggs to R.S.V.P.  Then meet us in front of the Stewart Center (STEW) at 1:45 pm on Oct. 17th for bus pick-up.  We will be returning to Purdue at 5:00 pm.  Remember: This event is open only to Exploratory Studies students and is FREE!

ESAC Ice Cream Social (Oct. 1)

From Valarie Skaggs, Exploratory Studies Advisory Council President:

You are invited to an Ice Cream Social hosted by the Exploratory Student Advisory Council (ESAC)!  Come enjoy FREE make-your-own sundaes!

Join us in the Meredith Rec Lounge on Thursday, October 1st from 7:00 – 8:00 pm to learn more about ESAC and what we do.  So we can plan how much ice cream to purchase, please R.S.V.P. to the following link:

See you there!


Vacancies in Purdue Student Government for EXPL Students!

From Becca Wilmoth, former EXPL student and current PSG Student Body Vice President:

The Student Senate currently has 3 vacant Senate seats for the College of Exploratory Studies and I’m looking to fill these vacancies as soon as possible so that the voice of the Exploratory Studies students may be present and adequately represented in the coming year.  According to the PSG Constitution, I’m at liberty to appoint Senators if the vacant seats remain empty after 2 regularly scheduled Senate meetings. This is the situation that we’re facing now so I’m beginning the process of trying to fill these vacant positions.

If you are interested in this unique opportunity, please e-mail me, Becca Wilmoth at  Please include your resume and a description of what you hope to accomplish as a PSG Senator.  More information about the PSG Student Senate and our Senate Standing rules are available at and

Statistic Learning Community Callout (paid; Sept. 15 & 21)

From Dr. Mark Ward, Associate Professor & Undergrad. Chair, Department of Statistics:

This is a Learning Community in Statistics with a research component for freshman who will be sophomores during the 2016-17 school year.  Students from all majors are invited to apply, but they must be citizens, nationals, or permanent residences of the U.S.

Students will conduct research with mentors in Statistics and an applied discipline (of the students’ choice).  For the research project, each sophomore student participant will receive a $4500 academic year stipend (2016-17) and a $4900 stipend in the summer (2017). In addition, students will receive funding to travel to multiple research meetings.  Students will live in a sophomore-year residential learning community.

MA 26100 must be completed before the Fall 2016 semester.  This means that if you are in Calculus 1 now, you’ll need to take Calculus III over the summer.  It’s also recommended to complete STAT 3500 before Fall 2016 (but not required).

Callout meetings for this opportunity will be:

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Stanley Coulter (SC), room 239
  • Monday, September 21, 2015, at 4:30 pm in Smith Hall (SMTH), room 108