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 Terry Ham, International Student Integration and Retention Specialist, Natasha Harris, Associate Director of Science Diversity,  Connie Kaspar, Associate Director of Science Diversity, Danielle Sheese, Associate Director for Career Development and Retention, and Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning and Student Success
Questions about the Newsletter email sss@purdue.edu
Boilermaker Special and Engineering Fountain Spring time
College of Science
College of Science Multicultural Science Programs
is hosting a Lunch & Learn
College of Science Multicultural Science Programs is hosting a
Lunch & Learn in collaboration with AAARCC celebrating the Lunar New Year. Participants will be able to learn the science behind the moon phases and how it impacts the earth.  Food will be provided, location is at AAARCC, 915 5th Street.

Application open for WISP Scholarships
The Women In Science Program (WISP) has scholarships available from the Mae and Lloyd J. Jandos Scholarship Endowment.  The Jandos Scholarship program is open to all College of Science students who wish to participate with other students in furthering their understanding of the benefits of living, learning, and growing in a diverse university environment.  The Jandos Scholarship is a one-year scholarship award and is not renewable.

Please review the criteria before applying. If you believe you are eligible for this scholarship, you are invited to apply. 

It is a requirement that a recipient of the Jandos scholarship agree to the following conditions:

  1. Maintain enrollment in the College of Science on the West Lafayette campus for the 2023-24 academic year.
  2. Classified as a semester 2 – 6 (number of semesters of attendance at Purdue) during the Spring 2023 semester.
  3. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  4. Actively participate in monthly Jandos Scholarship cohort meetings.
  5. Actively participate in monthly Women In Science Program (WISP) meetings, while serving as an engaged WISP mentor for the 2023-24 academic year (this segment of participation will be determined in August 2023).
  6. Champion diversity efforts within the College of Science.
The Women In Science Program serves those who identify as women, non-binary individuals, and male advocates.  Learn about WISP.

To apply for the Jandos scholarship, please click on the link shown below
 and complete the Jandos Scholarship Application.  Take time to reflect on your experiences as you compose your responses on the application.  You are invited to learn more at the call out to be held on Wednesday, January 11 at 4:30pm via Zoom. Meeting ID: 999 3754 9703; Passcode: 982660

The priority deadline to apply for scholarship consideration is Tuesday, February 1.  Students should plan to complete the scholarship process well in advance of the deadline to prevent issues with submission of the application. Those completing the application after February 1 will be considered after those students meeting the priority deadline. If you encounter problems logging into or completing the application, please contact 
bensonad@purdue.edu for assistance. 

Your application will be evaluated by a committee, and you will be notified prior to the end of the Spring semester.  If you have any questions, please contact the Connie Kaspar at brophyc@purdue.edu or the College of Science scholarship coordinator.
Interested in Joining WISP as a Mentee?
For over twenty years, the Women In Science Program (WISP) have been striving to build a cohort of women, non-binary gender and male advocates by offering support and a sense of belonging while addressing issues of isolation in the male dominated field of STEM.  Additionally, WISP promotes the development of personal and professional identities, facilitates networking and connections and aids in persistence towards earning an undergraduate degree in science from Purdue University.

The WISP Learning Community:

• builds a supportive community of students interested in science, allowing for the formation of natural study groups, and eliminating the isolation first-year female students may face.

• partners each first-year student with an upper-class mentor enrolled in the College of Science.

• holds monthly programs which address topics of interest in science and life skills and allow for networking among students, staff, faculty and invited guests from academia, alumnae, and industry.

• sponsors a tutoring program, together with the College of Engineering, for all students enrolled in first year courses, where Honors science tutors serve as models of persistence.

For more information, please visit our website. Due to available mentors, applications are open for first year students within College of Science (specific departments currently available are Biology and Physics) the application is located here,
WISP Happenings
WISPers gathered on the second day of classes to become reacquainted and have fun by playing people bingo and sharing their opinion on extreme options. Our cohort learned about the science of money via topics including budgeting, investments, compound interest, insurance and retirement.

Boost Your Resume:
Learn Beyond the Classroom

  • Plan your 2023 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!
  • May 2023 graduates: remember that you must have completed the program by the end of January 2023 in order to earn the LBC certificate.
  • 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, look at the feedback to 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  
    If you have questions, contact LBC at   lbc@purdue.edu
    Study Abroad Deadline: Apply for a CoS
    study abroad scholarship.
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    The deadline for most summer, fall and academic year programs is March 1.  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 CoS study abroad scholarship here!
    Thinking About Study Abroad?
    Explore Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
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    Monash University has a dynamic multicultural community serving more than 36,000 students. In just over thirty years, Monash has achieved an international reputation for its teaching and research excellence. Monash is a large and diverse multi-campus university. There are two urban campuses (Clayton and Caulfield), a sea-side suburban campus (Peninsula), and a rural campus (Gippsland). Each campus offers unique attractions and students may choose to study at any of them depending upon their course schedule. With a population of about four million people, Melbourne is the largest city in the province of Victoria. Renowned as the gourmet, cultural, and sports capital of Australia, it is perhaps the most cosmopolitan of Australia's cities. It boasts a vast array of restaurants, theaters, art galleries, sporting venues, and nightclubs. In addition, Melbourne has been voted one of the world's most livable cities.

    For more information check out the website.
    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 (Virtual)
    • Name: Danielle Sheese
    Once an appointment is made a virtual 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 on the College of Science Careers Website
    Check out the Self-Directed
    Career Development Guide
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    Personalize Your Career Plan
    Career Exploration
    Need some help? Free Tutoring is available
    COSINE - Free Tutoring Program
    WISP Tutoring
    Need some assistance in classes, homework, concepts, formulas, etc?  Head on over to WIEP-WISP tutoring Sunday-Thursdays 7-10pm in the University Residences Support Center located in Shreve Hall C113A, or check us out online. Bring your books, calculator, homework, class notes, etc.
    For more information click here!
    Campus Events
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    If you are or have been an undergraduate researcher, consider applying to be an OUR Ambassador this semester! The OUR is seeking a diversity of majors representing areas of STEM, fine and performing arts, humanities, and social sciences. There will be training in February for those who are selected.

    Active, positive participation as a Purdue OUR Ambassador includes benefits such as:
    • A great resumé- and CV-building experience with a focus on oral and written community, teamwork, and self-motivation. 
    • Opportunity to network with Purdue faculty and academic professionals. 
    • A professional recommendation letter from a non-academic source. 
    • An Office of Undergraduate Research polo. 
    • A $200 fellowship at the end of each semester after meeting expectations.
    Please apply here by January 27
    Spring Research Round Table
    The Spring Research Roundtable will host research programs, mentors, and administrators for students to learn more about spring and summer opportunities. This event, similar to a career fair, will feature virtual booths for students to get more information and ask questions about available positions.

    Thursday, Feb. 2

    Virtual via Discord
    Directions will be sent for using Discord
    RSVP to receive information
    Beyond Campus
    Manchester University Fort Wayne
    Indiana Law invites you to Diversity Law Day
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    The admissions staff at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law would like to cordially invite you and your students to our annual Diversity Law Day, which will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at the law school in Bloomington, Indiana. We will also be live streaming the event for those that cannot attend in person.

    The day is currently set to begin around 9am ET and end around 3:30pm ET. A final time schedule will be sent to registrants before the event date.

    Diversity Law Day is dedicated to the idea that the legal profession must reflect the expanding diversity of our society. Joining efforts with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), we hope that this day will encourage students from underrepresented and undeserved communities to discover career opportunities in law. This day is particularly tailored towards high school juniors and seniors, as well college freshman and sophomores as a legal pipeline program. 
    Diversity Law Day is free to attend, but registration is required for planning purposes. To attend, simply complete the registration form here.

    Contact Josie Brush at jvbrush@iu.edu or 812-855-2704 if you have any questions.