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 Terry Ham, International Student Integration and Retention Specialist, Natasha Harris, Associate Director of Science Diversity, Science Diversity, Danielle Sheese, Career Development and Retention Specialist, Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning and Student Success, and Connie Kaspar Wise, Associate Director of Science Diversity.

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 (including website- 

Career Ambassador—Available Position For The Spring 2021 and Following Semesters

What is a Career Ambassador?  Career Ambassadors are leaders with a high level of professionalism, time management skills, initiative, attention to detail, and strong work ethic.

What do Career Ambassadors do?
  • Event hosting
  • Website updates/maintenance
  • Social media: content creation, updates, and monitoring
  • Marketing material design
  • Career Presentations/Workshops (preparation and presenting/hosting)
This is a paid position and the time commitment is roughly 3-4 hours per week.  There is currently 1 position available and the primary focus is Social media: content creation, updates, and monitoring.  All ambassadors are expected to work individually and as a team.  Rate of pay is $7.25 per hour.
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Danielle Sheese at ASAP, notification will be over the winter break.  Deadline to apply is December 9, 2020.  Your cover letter must indicate your interest in the position and how you plan to budget your time for the 3-4 hour time commitment

Self-Directed Career Resource Guide
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SCI 49000: Dean's Leadership Forum (Online)

Attention: College of Science Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

You are invited to apply for the College of Science Global Dialogues Program.

The program begins January 25, 2021

If you would like to:
  • Add value to your Purdue Degree, by transforming the ways you view yourself & the world.
  • Stand out from the crowd.
  • Improve your cross-cultural communication skills.
Global Dialogues is for you!

Click here to sign up

The 1st dinner meeting is January 25, 2021.
There will be a total of 8 meetings during the semester and they will be held on Mondays from 5:30 - 7:00pm. We are hoping that we will be able to have them in person!

For more information, contact Terry at:

Enhance your career portfolio
It is time to update your Learning Beyond the Classroom portfolio.  For instance, did you participate in a first year seminar?  …a learning community?  Were you a t.a.?  Did you perform community service?  You have done lots of experiential learning, so take some time and submit reports on activities already completed

May 2021 graduates: remember that you must have completed the program by the end of January 2021 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, see the comments section for an explanation.  If requested, 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

If you have questions, contact LBC at

For more information and to enroll, CLICK HERE

Interested in Joining WISP as a Mentee?

For over twenty years, the Women In Science Programs (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 at Due to available mentors, applications are open for first year students within College of Science Departments of Biology/Genetics, Computer Science, and Mathematics/Actuarial Science at by Wednesday, 12/9/2020 at 5pm.
WISP Tutoring

Need some assistance in classes, homework, concepts, formulas, etc? Head on over to WIEP-WISP tutoring Sunday-Thursdays 7-10pm online.  You got this!!!

Campus Events

Summer Undergrad Research Program

When: December 8 at 5:30 pm est

Summer Undergraduate research programs are available all around the nation and December 1 is a common date many programs open up their applications. Hear how to search for opportunities and how to apply to them via the virtual seminar hosted by the OUR.

Join Zoom Meeting ID: 986 9277 4023

NSF Math Sciences Internship
Second Degree Nursing Program - Info Sessions

Cargill Global Scholarships

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