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

Join Global Science Partners
Are you interested in making friends from around the world? Do you enjoy learning about other cultures and sharing things about your own culture? Would you be willing to mentor a new College of Science student?

Then, you should join…


Global Partners are Purdue College of Science student leaders who work to create a comfortable and safe environment in which entering students can individually and collectively “find their feet” in the Purdue community. These partners provide new students with the tools and knowledge they need to start their college career and aid them throughout their transitions as first-year students at Purdue University.

Join us for the 2020/21 school year for monthly dinners, trips and activities (free for you!) that are designed to help you learn about other cultures…...while having fun!
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For more information, contact Terry Ham at one of the following emails:

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
Once an appointment is made a webex meeting will be set-up.  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- 

Article 1

Finding Solutions for Interns Impacted by the Pandemic:
  • Ask if internship can be conducted virtually or by distance
  • Go from a paid to unpaid internship if company is financially impacted
  • Move internship to a different area within company if selected area is impacted
  • Change the start date or move it back if start date in mid-May is unrealistic Be as flexible as possible
Article 2

Should a Student Add a Cancelled Internship to Their Resume?
(Is it helpful to know that a student obtained an internship, even if they couldn't complete it?)
  • It shows that the student had the initiative to seek out an internship.
  • Landing the internship is part of the learning experience. How to deal with a job loss and uncertainty of the future is also a learning experience.
  • The information helps explain the gap in internship experience.
  • The title of the internship would tell what kind of work a student is interested in.
  • Internships are competitive and almost like either winning an award or accomplishing an honor.
  • It is a critical event in the student’s "story" that they are trying to tell on their resume. By accepting this internship, they took themselves out of the running of interning with any other company.
  • If the internship or co-op would be at a very prestigious employer within the student's discipline, listing the internship offer would be beneficial.
  • Offers of research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) should also go on the resume, especially if the student is planning on graduate or medical school. Being selected for something highly competitive like an REU speaks to the student's abilities.
Several offered other ideas:
  • Add it to LinkedIn too.
  • Get feedback from the internship site on the accomplishments and experience that brought about this offer, including soft skills observed during the interview.
  • Use 'canceled' instead of 'rescind' just so the loss doesn't seem like it was caused by the student.
  • Students should take a more traditional approach and leave the resume to what they've done and learned.
  • Work the offer into a future cover letter or, in response to a future interview question.
  • A student can do activities related to their area of interests (e.g., take a MOOC, build language skills through Duolingo, conduct virtual research and assessment) and include these actions on their resume.

A few offered caveats:
  • While it shows that circumstances out of the student’s control discontinued the internship, make sure it doesn't sound like the rescinding organization did something wrong.
  • Some disciplines, such as counseling, need a specified number of direct contact hours with clients to count toward their degree program and allow them to sit for a provisional licensure exam, so listing employers that they didn't intern with is moot.
  • Once a student accepts a new internship or is hired full time, they should remove or replace it.

National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE, 2020)

Undergraduate Scholarship Opportunity
Apply by April 24, 2020

Click Here to Apply

Learning Beyond The Classroom

  • Use your LBC reports when preparing  for interviews or writing applications for internships, jobs, and graduate and professional schools.
  • Take advantage of the summer months to build your portfolio: job shadow, volunteer in your community, join a diversity organization, and get to know people who are different from yourself.
  • Submit LBC reports on activities you completed during the school year.
  • 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.
  • In preparation for the transition of LBC to Brightspace, please make sure that you have copies of all the reports you have submitted. Although we don’t anticipate losing anything, it is a big job and we’d rather play it safe. If you are graduating in May and want your reports for future reference for applications, interviews, etc. download copies before you are locked out of the system.

Not enrolled in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)? 

Enroll today!  Click Here .

If you have questions, contact LBC at

WISP tutoring is still available 

Mondays-Thursdays 8-10pm for free homework and study assistance provided for 100 and 200 level Math, Science, and Engineering courses.

Campus Events
Purdue CCO Calendar

Mark your calendars!

Employer sponsored job fairs, informational events and webinars are approaching quickly. Check out the CCO calendar to further your professional development and career readiness.

Social Impact Career Fair

Purdue Just-in-Time Virtual Job Fair
For More Information Click HERE!

Internship / Full-Time Opportunities

On-Demand Resume Review
Power up your resume with VMOCK, a FREE virtual resume review tool provided by the CCO. Keep your resume up-to-date before the upcoming virtual career fairs! Simply upload your current resume and receive instant feedback.

Ascend Indiana

Maximizing Your Virtual Experience
Come Grow With Us!

Join AgReliant Genetics, AgriGold, and LG Seeds on April 29, 2020 at 6:00 PM EST/5:00 PM CST for a student webinar, “Maximizing Your Virtual Experience.”

Students will learn from company leaders how they can take advantage of any virtual experience whether it be an online class or a summer internship. The discussion will include topics such as meeting etiquette, how to interact with a group, and building relationships virtually that can be implemented immediately. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with our leaders. This webinar is open to all students, so please share this opportunity with all your friends!

Working in a virtual world can be challenging. Tune in to learn how you can maximize your next virtual experience. Join AgReliant Genetics' COO - Craig Anderson, VP Commercial for AgriGold - John Kermicle, and VP Commercial for LG Seeds - Andy Montgomery for tips that keep us operating in today's virtual world.

Register Today

Job Opportunities

TechPoint’s Sales Bootcamp Program
TechPoint’s upcoming Sales Bootcamp program, is kicking off on May 14th, 2020. Applications are open now!

Sales Bootcamp is a four-week program for new grads and career changers designed to train and provide a first-hand experience working on the sales teams at several Indy tech companies. The application closes on Friday, April 24th. I’d also like to note that, after completing nine Sales Bootcamp cohorts we’re proud to say that we have a 90% placement rate.

You can find more information here at to learn more and apply.

Should you have questions regarding the program, please contact to connect with the TechPoint team running point on the program.