National Labs event brings in professionals to Purdue campus

October 5, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Representatives from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and others will converge on Purdue University this week.

National Labs @ Purdue Days (NL@P) — sponsored by The Graduate School — also features Sandia National Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The event gives graduate, postdocorate and undergraduate students an opportunity to pursue their interest in a career at national laboratories and federally funded research and development centers across the nation.

Mark J.T. Smith, dean of the graduate school, said the event offers the potential for other career opportunities.

"Graduate students tend to receive a lot of information about companies, but not so for government laboratories," he said. "Our National Labs event helps fill this gap, exposing Purdue students to many excellent internship and research employment opportunities available at these prestigious laboratories."

The event runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 6) on Stewart Center's second floor on campus. A career fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 7), also on Stewart Center's second floor.

 Tuesday's agenda features professional development workshops as well as tech talks and informational workshops by national labs. Students can register in advance at the event website. Pre-registration is recommended.

Informational workshops offer insight into the latest work by these national labs, including a question-and-answer session with the professionals. A panel discussion, "Transitioning from Graduate Student to Career Professional," also is scheduled. 

Writer: Brian L. Huchel, 765-494-2084, 

Source: Mark J.T. Smith, 765-494-2604, 

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