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
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College of Science
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!
WISP Mentor Applications for 2023-24
Do you desire to assist incoming first year students with their transition to Purdue University and the College of Science who is underrepresented by gender?  Applications to serve as a WISP Mentor for 2023-24 will be posted in the next newsletter.  Please contact Connie Kaspar, Associate Director of Science Diversity, at brophyc@purdue.edu with questions
WISP Happenings
WISP members continue to learn, network, and have fun together.  Select members attended the Women in Business Monarch Leadership Conference and learned the importance of being confident while having humility. Others learned about women’s reproductive justice sponsored by Rosalind Franklin University. We gathered to create blankets which were donated to the Lafayette Transitional Housing Center.  Partnering with MSP, WISP supported the women basketball team vs IU. Although it wasn’t the outcome we hoped, the attendees had a great time together!

Follow the Roadmap:
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!
  • 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
    Thinking About Study Abroad?
    Explore SEA Semester:
    Environmental Studies at Sea
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    Sea Education Association (SEA) is an internationally recognized leader in undergraduate ocean education. Since 1971, SEA has equipped students with the tools to become environmentally literate leaders prepared to address the defining issue of the twenty-first century: the human impact on the environment. Purdue students may participate in any of SEA's voyages that includes at least one international port stop, such as non-U.S. territories in the Caribbean or Pacific or French Polynesia. Voyages are available during the summer and for a full semester. Examples of some semester-long programs are:
    • Oceans & Climate
    • Marine Biodiversity & Conservation
    • The Global Ocean
    • Caribbean Reef Expedition
    • Climate & Society
    • Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures & Ecosystems
    • Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean
    For more program information, please visit the  program website.
    This program is sponsored by: Sea Education Association.

    Summer program information can be found here

    Semester Program Information can be found here.
    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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    Undergraduate Research Seminar Series
    Thursday, February 9 at 12:30 pm - How to find and prepare for Fellowship Applications.

    Join Lisa Nielsen, Grant Writer and Postdoc Director in The Purdue Graduate School, to learn about preparing for fellowship applications. Dr. Nielsen works directly with students on their application materials and will discuss the Program and how students should consider applying.

    Register for this seminar

    Thursday, February 16 at 4:30 pm - How to write an abstract and apply to spring conference.

    In preparation for the Spring Undergraduate Research Conference abstract submission deadline on March 1, this seminar will discuss how to write an abstract considering common components, and how to submit it for the Spring Conference. Additionally, this seminar is open to those who want to learn how to write an abstract and may not be applying to the Spring Conference

    Register for the seminar
    Spring Undergrad Research Conference
    The application site is open now with in-person and virtual options available. You can review the PDF of the application site to ensure you have everything necessary to submit your abstract.

    Submit abstracts by March 1 at noon EST.

    RSVP to receive more information to attend as the Spring Conference gets closer
    Undergrad Research Pitch Competition
    Scholarship Available from
    Office of Experiential Education
    The Office of Experiential Education (ExEd) has a scholarship available for students participating in experiential education. Student must be participating in an ExEd opportunity offered by Purdue University. Experiences can include internships, study abroad/away, co-op, field experiences, student teaching, practicum, service-learning, undergraduate research, and co-curricular opportunities.

    To qualify, students must be a Purdue West Lafayette undergraduate or Pharm D student, in good academic standing, enrolled full-time or part-time, and meet the financial aid citizenship requirements. Scholarships can be awarded in amounts of up to $2000 for the term. The amount awarded may vary depending on the type of experiential education opportunity and expenses related to the experience.

    Scholarships are merit-based, and these funds are intended to supplement other scholarship funds or a student’s own personal funds. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To qualify, applications must be submitted by the appropriate due date as listed below:
    • For summer 2023 funds, applications are due by February 22
    • For fall 2023 funds, applications are due by May 15
    More details about the scholarship and a link to the application can be found on the Office of Experiential Education website. Questions can be directed to Kat Stremiecki, kwidman@purdue.edu
    Journal of Purdue Undergraduate
    Research Seeks submissions
    The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research (JPUR) is currently seeking research proposal submissions from Purdue undergraduates from any campus and all disciplines who have completed faculty-mentored research projects. The submission deadline for publication in Volume 13 (2023) is Feb. 15. Students should submit their proposals on the JPUR website.

    For more information, contact Catie Gilhooly, journal coordinator, at jpur@purdue.edu or visit www.jpur.org
    Life After Graduation: International Students
    What's your immigration plan?
    Time: 5:30PM-6:30PM (ET)
    Location: STEW 314
    *RSVP required to attend in-person

    If student cannot attend in-person, they can receive a Zoom link to join the meeting.  All registrants will receive a recording after the session
    Essential Career Skills Series SP23 Sessions
    The Essential Career Skills (ECS) Series is an annual series that invites guest speakers to speak on the importance of developing your Leadership & Professional competencies to become career ready. Each session in the series includes a guest speaker, activity, and discussion/reflection. There is a certificate of completion associated with each series. Reporting on your experience and earning the certificate will earn you 2 LBC points.

    Please visit this webpage for more information.

    All sessions will be held via Zoom. Details below: 
    • Self-Awareness with Sylvia Kafari & Andrea Romero 
      • Monday, February 13, 2023, 6PM
    • Communication with Parsia Bahrami & Marianna Chicas 
      • Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 6:30PM 
    • Ways of Thinking (Salary Negotiation) with Ailin Fei & Lily Peck 
      • Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 5:30PM
    • Collaboration with Naja Barnes & Denae Galloway 
      • Thursday, April 13, 2023, 7PM
    RSVP link for the sessions: https://bit.ly/ECSS1RSVP 
    Beyond Campus
    Spring 2023 Purdue JCPenney Suit-Up Online Event
    You’re Invited: A Panel on Federal Internships
    Looking for a 2023 internship? Interested in learning more about what it’s like to intern for the Federal government and how to find those openings? We are excited to invite you to a virtual Panel event  hosted by OPM on Monday, February 13th from 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST via Zoom.

    No Matter what your interests, the Federal government offers opportunities in nearly every field (e.g. wildlife preservation, archeology, writing or editing, interior design, housing policy, cybersecurity, aerospace...just to name a few), and new internships are posted every week.

    In this event, you will hear directly from former government agency interns  and recent graduates about their experiences and learn how to use the Federal Internship Portal and the USAJOBS site to apply for internships. This live event is a great opportunity to learn more about Federal internships, ask questions, and see if a Federal internship is right for you.

    Register for the Zoom webinar here and share with interested friends!

    If you have general questions, please email Raima Roy (Raima.Roy@opm.gov).