International Students: Going home this summer and worried about your I-20?

If you are travelling back to your home country for the summer, you will need to get a travel signature before you leave.  Otherwise, you may have to renew your I-20 before you can return to Purdue.  Travel signatures are being given from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. each day through the end of the semester in front of the ISS office, Schleman Hall, room 136. 

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:


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.

Giving 2

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 

Med School Application Workshop (April 21)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, April 16, 2015:

Purdue’s American Medical Students Association (AMSA) chapter is excited to announce that we will be hosting a Medical Application Workshop on Tuesday, April 21st at 6:30 pm in MJIS 1001. (Free Pizza will be provided!!)

The workshop, led by the Center for Pre-Professional Advising, will be open to ALL Purdue students who are considering medical school. This will be a great opportunity for students of all grade levels, regardless of when they plan to apply to medical school, because it will allow them to:

  • Hear advice from experts who have years of experience with the medical application process
  • Personally talk to students who have experience in applying
  • Better understand the entire application process
  • Gain an insight into what is expected for a successful application
  • Learn tips and tricks to make the entire application process less stressful

CHM 116’s new format (Fall 2015)

From Dr. Robert Wild, Assistant Head, Department of Chemistry:

“Lectures” in CHM 116 will now be listed as “distance learning” for Fall 2015 on Scheduling Assistant.  The lectures will now be entirely online.  When registering, please select a distance learning “lecture”, a 100-minute recitation, and a three-hour lab.

We received the following information from one of the CHM 116 professors, Dr. Adam Wasserman:

“We are preparing short movie clips (~5-min.) with “lecture” content.  Students will be asked to watch a few of these before each class. There will be no lecture notes, but the video clips will be tied to specific reading assignments from the book.  There will be 100 minutes of in-class time every week, devoted entirely to discussing and solving open-ended problems about the topics covered in the assigned reading and video clips.  There will also be a blog for students to discuss with the TAs, so that they can be well prepared for class.  Each section will have about 90-100 students (there will be 4 such sections), with round tables for groups of 9 students.”