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

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-
CoS Explore Lab Workshop
Inventing the Future of Medicine

Puzzle Day 2020
Puzzle Day is an annual event hosted by Computer Science Women's Network. It began in 2015 and is now CSWN's largest event! Teams of students compete to solve a wide variety of puzzles, including math based riddles, ciphers, logic puzzles, and even an escape room. All puzzles are created and tested by members of the Puzzle Day team, to create a customized, exciting experience for all participants.

When: April 18, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Click Here to register!

Learning Beyond The Classroom
  • If this is your second semester at Purdue and you participated in a career exploration experience such as a first-year seminar, honors seminar, or learning community during the fall semester you may write a career and professional development report on that experience and earn 1 point toward the LBC certificate.
  • Or, perhaps, you attended a leadership development conference or were a teaching assistant last semester---that will earn you points in service, citizenship, and leadership. 
  • Were you a mentor or did you attend, plan or lead a domestic or international diversity event?  Those activities count toward experience with domestic and international diversity.
There are many more pursuits in which you could have taken part that are eligible for LBC points.  Take a look at the tables that are on the CoS website ( or at the LBC Blackboard site ( ) to determine whether what you have done fits the criteria.

If you wish to apply for an LBC grant to support an LBC activity, complete our electronic application form at:

Not enrolled in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)?  Enroll today!  Click Here If you have questions, contact LBC at

Showcase your passion for Science while raising up and empowering other undergraduate women by applying to serve as a member of the Women In Science Programs (WISP) Mentor.  If you will be returning for the 2020-2021 academic year as a full-time student in the College of Science at Purdue University, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and are passionate about the promotion of women in STEM, you are encouraged to apply. 

View our website at for more information about WISP. 

It’s our responsibility to proudly give back and help foster our WISP legacy! 

WISP Mentors – encourage, support and challenge a first year female student in the WISP learning community to aid in her successful transition to Purdue University and the College of Science, while offering and partnering in personal and professional development opportunities, experiences and discussions.  Please apply at by Monday, 3/16/2020 at 11:59pm.  All candidates who submit a completed application will receive an update as to their status in mid-April.

Please contact Connie Kaspar Brophy at with any questions you may have!

Campus Events

The Spring Undergraduate Research Conference Poster Symposium is on Tuesday, April 14. If you are  interested in volunteering to help with this event please sign up through the qualtrics link below. We will have breakfast for the set-up crew and lunch will be served for those who are working morning and afternoon shifts.

Volunteer sign up link:
Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
Apply by March 25, 2020

Click Here to Apply
OUR : Purdue Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation
Submission Deadlines:

March 15, 2020 at 11:59pm to be considered for a poster presentation

Senior Send Off
Senior Send Off

Congrats, class of 2020!

he Purdue Alumni Association is excited to welcome you to the ranks of more than 630,000 alumni worldwide.

Celebrate your accomplishments at Senior Send Off on March 25!

Meet with your college’s alumni representative and other campus partners, get commemorative photos taken with your friends, pick up a special Purdue Alumni pint glass, and take a ride on the Boilermaker Special!

Time | 10 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Date | Wednesday, March 25

Location | PMU North and South ballrooms

We’re proud of all you’ve accomplished, and can’t wait to see everything still to come after you graduate!

Rush University Medical Center

Peace Corps Prep
Application deadline March 31, 2020

Spring 2020 Career Fairs
Center for Career Opportunities Career Fairs

Teacher Recruitment Day MORE INFO
Social Impact Career Fair MORE INFO
Just In Time Job Fair MORE INFO

Social Impact Career Fair

In 2020 Merck is offering a series of exciting opportunities around science & technology and is inviting researchers from all over the world to engage:

  1. Curious2020 – Future Insight Conference – Science for a better tomorrow Some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and entrepreneurs come together at the Curious2020 – Future Insight Conference on July 13-15, 2020 in Darmstadt, Germany to present their work and to discuss the future of science and technology, solving the challenges of today and enabling the dreams of a better tomorrow. The conference features more than 70 top speakers including many Nobel Laureates as well as panel discussions organized together with Nature and AAAS/Science. Check out the agenda, secure your ticket and submit an abstract for presentation at Deadline for abstract submission is May 1st, 2020.
  2. 2020 Merck Research Grants Merck offers a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Grants of 100k€ - 500k€ per year for up to 3 years are available. A detailed description of the fields and an opportunity to submit your research proposal are available at: or (for U.S. and Canada). Application deadline is August 31st, 2020.
  3. 2020 Merck Research Challenges Participate in research challenges and win the competitions. Learn more about the challenges and prizes and register for participation at: or (for U.S. and Canada). Registration deadline is August 31st, 2020