College of Science

Welcome to the College of Science Student Success Scene, a bi-weekly newsletter featuring activities and opportunities especially relevant for science undergraduates. The Science Student Success team is comprised of Connie Kaspar Brophy, Assistant Director for Women in Science Program , Science Diversity,  Terry Ham, International Student Integration and Retention Specialist, Natasha Harris, Assistant Director for Multicultural Science Programs, Science Diversity, Danielle Sheese, Career Development and Retention Specialist, and Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning & Student Success

Are you interested in using your major in an Biology & Chemistry related career field?

Then reserve your spot for... Coffee & Conversation

When: Thursday, February 20,2020 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

You will network with Alumni the “WHOLE TIME”; therefore, you must be available for the entire time frame.  This is a change for this event.  If you are more than ten minutes late, you may not be allowed to participate in the event.

This event is for College of Science students ONLY.

What is Coffee & Conversation (C&C)?

C&C brings students together with Purdue alumni and professionals from a particular career field.

We divide students into 4-5 groups, with 5-6 students and one alumni/professional for each group.  Dinner is provided for guests and participants.  Once everyone gets their dinner and beverage, the alumni/professionals will begin by standing up and introducing themselves to those in the room.

After introductions, the speed-networking portion of the event will commence!  Each group will meet for approximately 20 minutes, in which time students will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Alumni/professionals are encouraged to tell students about their personal, academic, and career path, as well as advise students on how to make themselves competitive for today’s job market.

Once the time is up, each alumni/professional will rotate and move to another group of students and repeat the process.  This will give students the chance to get multiple perspectives on their questions.

Participation will allow you to establish connections with these professionals in an informal setting and you will receive a free PURDUE SCIENCE MUG!

RSVP is mandatory for this event.

This is a change for this event. If you are more than ten minutes late, you may not be allowed to participate.

Please check your personal calendars and exam schedule before signing up for this event.

Sign Up Link:

Career Specialist
The CoS Career Specialist Is Available To Help You

Make an appointment through the Boiler Connect system by choosing the following
  • Care Unit: Career / Preprofessional Advising
  • Service: College of Science Career Specialist
  • Reason: Select from Choices
  • Location: CoS Career Services (Math 231)
  • Name: Danielle Sheese
If you have issues scheduling, please call 765-494-1771 and the receptionist will assist you. 
What Services Does the Career Development Specialist Provide?
  • Career counseling appointments
  • Customized career planning (holistic approach to student marketability at graduation-how do students set themselves apart from other students?) Choosing a major/career path
  • Career assessment interpretation
  • Discover what students can do with their major
  • Discussion of interviewing strategies/mock interviewing & preparation  Job/internship searching-targeted resources
  • Presentations and workshops specifically tailored for College of Science students
  • Networking opportunities with College of Science alumni including (Coffee & Conversation events and SCI 490 Course “Dean’s Leadership Forum”)
  • And more (including website-

Learning Beyond The Classroom
  • Plan your 2020 beyond-the-classroom activities now!  Explore opportunities in the Career and Professional Development, Service, Citizenship, and Leadership, and Diversity categories.  Test yourself in the real world!
  • If you have submitted a report, check and see if you have been asked to supply more information.  If you find that you have received “0” points on a report, click on your score and you will see what questions you have been asked to answer.  Resubmit your report with the required information so that your LBC points can be updated.
  • Do you need financial support to pursue an experiential learning activity?  Are you going to a conference?  Studying abroad?  Doing community service?  Apply for an LBC grant.  For details on the application process: Click Here  
  • Not enrolled in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)? Enroll today! Click Here

For more information and to enroll,

Last week, ten WISPers engaged with Purdue Alumnae, Krystie Jezierski, Senior Human Resources Manager for Delta In-Flight Services, West Region.  They learned best practices about mentorship, relationship and team building as well as bringing out the best in others and themselves.  Sincerity and presence are key!

Study abroad deadline: March 1 for most summer, fall and academic year programs.  There are some programs with earlier deadlines (February 1) so check with the study abroad office so as not to miss out.   Planning on going abroad this summer or for the fall semester?

Apply for a College of Science Study abroad scholarship:

Purdue Science Ambassadors
We’re looking for new Science Ambassadors!

Purdue Science Ambassadors are student volunteers who represent the College of Science in a variety of ways.  They share their unique stories about their experiences in the College of Science.

Common topics include:
Why they selected Purdue University and their particular major
What some of their favorite classes are
Undergraduate research
Learning Beyond the Classroom Certificate
Entrepreneurial Certificate Program
Study Abroad
Learning Communities
Honors Programs
Pre-Professional Programs
Transfer from other universities and colleges

Please go to the following link and complete is by Feb 17, 2020

Questions?  Contact John Fisher at

Campus Events
Fulbright Week

Spread the word! Purdue Startup Career Fair!
The Purdue Startup Career Fair is back!

The Anvil is a student organization dedicated to empowering student founders and the entrepreneurs of Purdue University and the Greater Lafayette, Indiana, community by providing mentorship, programming and resources. Startup Career Fair is Purdue’s only career fair that focuses solely on introducing students to some of the fastest growing startups in the region. We are bringing out 20+ companies in a wide variety of industries with more than a 100+ opportunities available for students

The career fair will be taking place Thursday, February 13th from 2pm to 7pm at the PMU South Ballroom . The career fair is open to students of all majors and years,including freshman! If you’re looking to make an outsized impact early on in your career,this is the career fair for you!

Please register for the event here:

Purdue University’s Counseling Psychology Program
Each spring semester, Purdue University’s Counseling Psychology program offers a course in which students facilitate groups in order to gain real life experience in group facilitation. They are currently looking for students to participate. Groups will run for eight weeks, and will be on Mondays from March 2 to April 27 (with the exception of March 15, which is Purdue’s spring break). Below is the information that is given to potential members. If you would like additional information, please email Rachel Ploskonka at

If you are stressed about classes or struggling after a romantic breakup, the Purdue Counseling and Guidance Center (PCGC) can help. The PCGC will be offering discussion groups on each of these topics on Monday nights beginning Monday, March 2nd and will run until April 27th. The groups will be from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. For more information and/or to sign up, call 765.494.9738. Our email address is Please know that space is limited. A brief description of each group is below:
  • Romantic breakup discussion group—opportunity for college students who have recently experienced a breakup to talk about their reactions and responses, with an emphasis on the losses and gains that are often connected with the ending of significant relationships.
  • Academic stress discussion group—opportunity for college students who are experiencing academic stress to talk about their worries and concerns, with an emphasis on the common course-related challenges that students often face.
Project Horseshoe Farm

Vector Control Technician Summer Work
Vector Control Technician
Part Time - Seasonal (May—August)
27.5 Hours Per Week (Flexible Schedule)
Hours scheduled M-F 8-4:30
$12/ HR
Students majoring in Biology, Entomology, Natural Resources, Environmental Science, Public Health or closely related field
  • Incumbent serves as Vector Control Technician, conducts field surveillance and performs appropriate activities and procedures to control mosquito activity and prevent possible outbreaks of related diseases.
  • Inspects and monitors known and reported mosquito breeding areas, assesses appropriate methods for control, and applies proper control and / or eradication techniques.
  • Apply larvicide chemicals to identified mosquito breeding sites to prevent the emergence of adult biting mosquitoes.
  • Collect mosquito larval samples and sort adult mosquito collections prior to identification.
  • Place gravid traps, and other monitors in selected areas to capture mosquito eggs and adults to determine mosquito population levels.
  • Inspect, maintain, and use all personal protective equipment required to perform job duties.
  • Maintain detailed computer records and organized document and record files for all activities as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Duties may involve standing/walking for long periods, walking on uneven terrain, pushing/pulling/lifting/carrying objects weighing less than 50 pounds,crouching/kneeling, bending and reaching.
  • Possession of a valid Indiana driver's license, and demonstrated safe driving record.
Apply Here:
Questions? 317-776-4006
Alex Davis, Vector Control Specialist

Water Quality Technician
Part-time Seasonal (May-August) and/or Internship
27.5 hours a week (flexible schedule)
Hours scheduled M-F 8-4:30
$12.00 an hour

Students majoring and/or interested in Biology, Chemistry, Natural Resources, Entomology, Environmental Science, Public Health or other related fields.

DUTIES:  Inspects public and semi-public swimming pools to ensure compliance with local/state/federal standards for water chemistry/quality and safety, including inspecting pool sites, checking safety devices, reviewing operating records and water sampling results, using test kit to evaluate chemical concentrations in the water, and initiating action to resolve problems.
  • Conducts recreational surface water sampling and well sampling.
  • Participates in the Hoosier Riverwatch Program.
  • Receives and investigates complaints regarding water quality.
  • Serves as resource to the public regarding various environmental health issues, responding to inquiries/concerns by telephone and e-mail, preparing/providing printed materials, and occasionally attending meetings and/or making presentations to community groups, such as pool operators, homeowners associations, and/or property owners.   Some duties may involve standing/walking for long periods of time, walking on uneven terrain and wet surfaces, lifting and/or carrying objects less than 50 pounds, crouching, kneeling, bending and reaching.
  • Basic swimming skills and water safety are necessary as this job relates to treated and untreated waters.
  • Maintains detailed computer records and organized document files for all activities as required.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Valid driver’s license and safe driving record is required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
For more details and to apply, go to Questions? Call 317-776-8500
Morgan Bennett, Environmental Health Specialist