Math, Stat and Actuary edition of Coffee & Conversation equals student/professional networking


Coffee & Conversation in action

Mathematics alumnus Ben Fetrow (far left) and Statistics junior Jiaxiang Liu discuss career possibilities at the Sept. 18 edition of Coffee & Conversation.

The College of Science Coffee & Conversation program kicked off its second year in strong numbers.

More than 40 Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science students were able to meet with Purdue Science alumni and other professionals in their fields Sept. 18 in the Lawson Computer Science Building Commons.

Eight small groups of three to five students were formed with a professional in each group. The students were given 10 minutes to ask questions before meeting with another pro. The speed-networking approach allowed for the students to learn the various paths the professionals made to their successful careers.

The nine professionals varied in experience: Graduates ranged from 1983 to 2010 in graduation years. Their jobs differed as well: Actuaries, data scientists, research engineers, field technicians and more were represented, showing the different options College of Science number experts have.

With their free, new College of Science mugs in tow, the students sipped coffee and networked in a comfortable and informal setting, and they left the event enlightened and more confident in their career aspirations.

To become involved in the Coffee & Conversation program, e-mail Tamara Clarkson, Career Development and Recruitment Specialist for the College of Science.

Coffee & Conversation mugs

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