Pre-Professional Events (Law, Pre-Med, & Pre-Vet)

If you are interested in Pre-Law, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, or anything else Pre-, we strongly encourage you to sign up for the Center for Pre-Professional Advising Newsletter.  There are lots of opportunities to hear from visiting professional and alumni, but only if you stay in the know!  Here are some upcoming events:

  • February 4: AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair. 12:00 – 8:00 pm EST. Meet representatives from 25 medical schools to learn more about their programs. Free, but registration is required.
  • February 9: Tips, Myths and the Big Picture: Advice from Dental School Admissions Officers webinar. 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern. Register here.
  • February 16: Appeals on Wheels. 1:00 pm in the Ivy Tech Auditorium (on Creasy Lane in Lafayette). The public is invited to watch as the Indiana Court of Appeals hears the oral argument in a case. After the oral argument, judges take questions from the audience. Don’t miss this chance to see an appellate court up close and ask questions about the appellate court system!

Last Day to Drop Courses with a “W” only (Feb. 8)

If you are a sophomore or older (that is, you’ve earned 30 or more credit hours, not counting your spring courses), then February 8, 2016 is the last day you can drop a course with a “W” only (and an advisor’s signature).

Between February 8th and March 11th, sophomores and older can still drop courses, but an instructor’s signature is required.  Plus, the instructor will indicate whether you are passing at the time of drop (“W”) or failing (“WF”).  Fortunately, neither a “W” or “WF” affects your GPA.  A “WF” trumps an “F” in a course any day!

If you are a freshman (that is, you’ve earned 29 or fewer credit hours so far), then you have until March 11th to drop a course, earning a “W”  with only an advisor’s signature needed (no instructor signature required).

If you need to drop a course, please contact your academic advisor.  He or she will meet with you to make sure that your dropped course will have no unintended consequences.  The advisor will then create and sign the drop form.  If an instructor’s signature is needed, that’s the next step.  The last step is to take the form to the Registrar’s office in Hovde Hall, room 45 for processing.

Undergraduate Research Position Open

From Tyson McFall, Academic Advisor in Botany and Plant Pathology:

Undergraduate student research opportunity in the Iyer-Pascuzzi lab

An undergraduate project in the lab is available to study developmental aspects of the transcription factor NIN Like Protein 7 (NLP7) in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. NLP7  is involved in various aspects of plant growth and development including drought responses and regulation of root growth.The project for the spring semester involves understanding how sugars and nitrogen play a role in growth and development of nlp7 mutant plants. The undergraduate student will learn plant tissue culture techniques, cell and molecular biology and root development in plants.The student will learn techniques such as DNA isolation, PCR  and electrophoresis to characterize other mutants that have a roles in pathways affected by NLP7. The student will be mentored to generate data and present in lab meeting and will be encouraged to present the data during undergraduate poster session at Purdue University to improve his/her presentation techniques.  If interested, e-mail or with resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

Ms. McFall adds:

The student doesn’t need prior lab experience or to have taken a plant related class.  This would be a great opportunity for a student to gain lab experience for med school, vet school, or graduate school in a scientific field. . . . I’ve got two other professors who are also looking for some lab help and students can contact me directly about those positions!

Investigate Science Careers at “Coffee & Conversation” (Feb. 16)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, January 28, 2016:

Coffee & Conversation (C&C) brings students together with College of Science alumni and professionals from a particular field.  The alumni and professionals for this event will share their experiences and answer your questions about how you can become a competitive candidate in today’s job market.

The next C&C will cover biology and chemistry careers.  It will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.

SEATS ARE LIMITED!  Sign up for this great opportunity by emailing  You’ll get more information about the location and event format once you sign up.

Sponsored by the PSSC (Purdue Science Student Council) and the College of Science.

Discounted Microsoft Software and other Tech Goodies

There are 4 ways to get free or discounted software at Purdue through ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue):

1) Computer Labs:  ITaP computers are stocked with all sorts of software goodies that you can use for free.  To find a computer lab, see if computers are available (cool interactive map), or how much money is left in your print quota, check out the ITaP Instructional Labs page.

2) Go Remote: This allows you to “borrow” software for a limited time using Purdue’s license.  Start at and then log in using your Purdue Career account.  If your computer does not already have Citrix software on it, you will have to download it from this site before being able to borrow software.

3) Purchase:  ITaP’s Software Licensing and Distribution works with different vendors to procure a discounted software rate.  Of interest to Mac users might be the discounted Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 for only $20!  Adobe Creative Cloud for ETLA and Parallels (Microsoft Desktop for Mac) are also available at massively discounted prices.

4) No Charge: The University also sponsors the licensing fees for some student software, such as SAS, virus scans, JMP, NVivo, etc.  As students are moving to Office 365 for their e-mail, they also benefit from the rest of the Office 365 suite.

Work/Study Marketing Job Available

LGBTQ Center Marketing – Student Staff

The LGBTQ Marketing student is responsible for the production of any print and electronic graphics. Print work involves internal, small event-driven projects, such as posters, advertisements, publications, brochures, signage, invitations, printed materials, as well as aiding in the production and distribution of printed materials.

Requirements include:

  • Full time, undergraduate Purdue student
  • Work Study Eligible
  • Strong design and layout abilities
  • Working knowledge of graphic software: e.g. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Basic working knowledge of HTML/Cascade, all Microsoft Office programs, Social Media Platforms, and Social Media Management Software
  • Working knowledge of basic office duties
  • Ability to take on multiple projects and deadlines, work independently, and think creatively
  • Be open to learning about other cultures, ethnicities, identities, and backgrounds


  • Work 10 hours per week
  • Work with Purdue Marketing and Media as directed by LGBTQ Staff
  • Brainstorm new ways to advance design of print and web media
  • Engage in Social Media for Marketing and Promoting the LGBTQ Center
  • Attend and participate in LGBTQ Staff meetings
  • Communicate with director on projects and/or need for deadline extensions on particular projects
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Collaborate with LGBTQ Staff to identify targeted marketing needs
  • Other duties as assigned

To apply, please submit your RESUME to Amy Whitlow at