Purdue Day of Giving

It’s time for the Purdue Day of Giving! If you’d like to support Exploratory Studies, you can do so by following these steps:

Visit https://dayofgiving.purdue.edu/give/

Toward the top of the page you designate “General Giving Opportunities” and then “Other.”

Giving 1

And further down the page you specify “EXPL general scholarship fund” in the “Comments” box.

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We appreciate your thoughtful contribution. We will use the funds to award scholarships to current students in Exploratory Studies!

Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Carlee!

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 Carlee.

Carlee Newsome

Name: Carlee Newsome

Current Year: Junior

 Major: Organizational Leadership & Entrepreneur Certificate

“Carlee started in Exploratory Studies in the Fall of 2012 and was in to for 2 years. Carlee started her journey in Exploratory Studies because she wasn’t sure of what she wanted to study in college and knew the program would help guild her in the right direction. She liked the extra help they offer to students.

Carlee choose Organizational Leadership because she was interested in business, as well as, working with people. Studying leadership teaches her how to influence and empower a group of people to work toward a common goal while still helping individuals discover and use their individual strengths to reach their full potential. As a person who loves helping others and leading them in the right direction, Organizational Leadership was perfect for her. People who thrive in this major are those who take initiative, enjoy open discussions and like to work in teams. Upper division OLS classes almost always have group work and creative minds are favorable.

Her favorite thing while in Exploratory Studies was her learning community. She was given the chance to get close to a group of students who all had similar mindsets during her first year of school. This was beneficial to her because it allowed them all to use each other as a resource and to know others were going through the same confusing journey. Her learning community also kept her involved and socially active.

Carlee’s favorite thing about Purdue is the diverse resources and opportunities the University provides for us. There are so many activities, social events, lectures, workshops and conferences going on every week on Purdue’s Campus. There is simply not even hours in the day for her to do all of the things she would like to take advantage of.

She doesn’t have a favorite anything because her preferences are always changing. Except for her favorite University of course, Hail Purdue!”

Written by Kari L., junior 

Spring Fest and Bug Bowl (April 18 – 19)

Well, you’ve seen the tents go up all over the Ag campus and that can mean only one thing . . . it’s SpringFest!  This is a wonderful event, even if you are not a “bug-person”!

SpringFest (and Bug Bowl)
April 18 – 19
10 am – 4 pm each day
Free admission

Returning family favorite events and activities include:

  • 52nd annual College of Veterinary Medicine open house
  • Purdue engineering Envision
  • Science Outreach Showcase
  • 102nd annual Horticulture Show
  • 25th annual Entomology Bug Bowl
  • Cricket spitting contests
  • Roach races
  • Equine treadmill demonstration
  • Sheep shearing demonstration

There a lot of new activities this year, including:

  • Landscape Architecture: Coloring contest, coloring books, and professional consultation.
  • Public Health Student Association: Learn how to make a bracelet that turns colors in UV light.
  • Purdue Audiology Student Organization: Hearing aid demos and design your own set of ears to wear
  • Student Sustainability Council: Crafts, games, activities and treats
  • Purdue Pandemonium: Arts and crafts to teach the importance of community and respect for others
  • Krannert Minute Business Challenge: Create and present innovative solutions to a panel of judges
  • Visiting our Solar System Open House: (at Discovery Park) View a large-scale model of the solar system.
  • IU School of Medicine: (at Lyles Porter Hall)  Explore the human skeleton and immune system


Snapshots: Pursuit of Purdue. Meet Aaron!

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 Aaron.



Name: Aaron Campbell

Current year: Sophomore

Major: Planetary Science

How long were you in EXPL?

Three Semesters

Why did you start in EXPL?

I remember distinctly looking at my application and struggling with the option of what major I wanted to apply to. Whenever I thought I had decided, something changed my mind and I had second thoughts. I put off turning in my application until the last day it was due because of my struggle with choosing a major. Since the time to apply had come, I talked to my parents and we all agreed that Exploratory Studies was my best option.

Why did you choose your current major?

My advisor had given our class a list of classes she thought were interesting, different, had awesome professors, etc. I looked at this list near the end of my first semester when I was registering for classes and decided to take the ASTR 264 class that was on that list. I loved it. The first day I couldn’t wait to do my homework. That is when I knew I was on to something. I met with my advisor (Mary Beth Lencke) and we talked about the different paths into Astronomy. That’s when she told me about the Planetary Science major here at Purdue. I looked into it, read about the different research being done, took a couple classes required for the major, talked to a professor in the major and I knew it was what I wanted straight away. The day I received my CODO acceptance e-mail is one of the best of my life!

What kind of person would be good for this major?

Planetary Science requires patience, creativity, and a true passion for the scientific process. Some skills that are valuable are logical analysis of data, ability to work in groups, and the ability to convey complex ideas in simple ways.

Favorite thing about EXPL?

The people I’ve been able to meet throughout my years here. I have met a lot of people in my time in Exploratory Studies, all with different interests, abilities, personalities, and motivations. That variety is what keeps me coming back as a Peer Mentor. Everyone from fellow peer mentors, advisors in EXPL, Ambassadors, students etc. have been incredibly kind and helpful.

Do you feel Exploratory Studies was helpful to you during your first semester(s) at Purdue?

Absolutely. It gave me the skills necessary to find and research a major that I knew will be a good fit for me. More than that, it led me to learn an extremely valuable lesson. I realized that life’s uncertainty never goes away, and the best thing I can do for myself is to accept it and not let the fear of failure stop me from achieving my goals.

Favorite thing about Purdue?

There is a lot I love about Purdue. If I had to choose one, it would be that I’m proud that Purdue has a reputation for being a tough, academically focused school. People know the Purdue name world wide because of the work and success of past and current Boilermakers.”

Interview conducted and written by Emily R., junior.

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 mblencke@purdue.edu.

Application for Peer Mentors: http://www.purdue.edu/exploratory/get-involved/peer-mentors.html 

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.