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.”

Salary Negotiation Workshop (April 19)

Learn about the wage gap between genders, how to budget and negotiate for equal pay at this free event.  Come join us on April 19 from 4:00 – 7:00 pm in the Third Street Suites Conference Rooms. 

All are invited. Dinner will be provided.  Register at

Sponsored by Purdue American Association of University Women, Civic Engagement and Leadership Development Office, Center for Career Opportunities, Purdue Women in Business, and Krannert Professional Development Center


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.