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.

Recently, WISPers were able to ask questions about women's health from a mental health practitioner, a nurse practitioner, and a personal fitness trainer.  We learned about the great resources at CAPS, PUSH and RSC.  Did you know that you could check out fitness accessories at the Co-Rec to work out in your residence hall room or off-campus apartment?  Check out these great relaxation and stress relieving techniques from CAPS at  We were reminded that if you do not feel that your practitioner is listening to you or showing value in your physical or mental concerns...find a new one as there are multiple caring healthcare workers waiting to hear you!
WISP Tutoring
Need some assistance in classes, homework, concepts, formulas, etc? Head on over to WIEP-WISP tutoring Sunday-Thursdays 7-10pm online or in the University Residences Support Center in Shreve Hall 113A.  You got this!!
  • Location: Click Here Sign in and then you will be given the link to the online session.
  • When: Sunday – Thursday from 7 PM to 10 PM EST
  • What to Bring: book, calculator, homework, class notes, etc.
Find out more on our Facebook page

COSINE Free Tutoring

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 Development Webinar Series

Job & Internship
Search Resources

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
5-6 p.m. Zoom Link

Resume 101
Does Your Resume Stand Out?
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
5-6 p.m. Zoom Link

Cover Letters & Personal Statements
Thursday, February 18, 2021
5-6 p.m. Zoom Link


Are you interested in using your major in an environment related career field?
Then reserve your spot for...
Coffee & Conversation
When: Thursday, February 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Students must RSVP-link at the bottom of email

This event is for College of Science students ONLY.
What is Coffee & Conversation (C&C) VIRTUAL?

C&C brings students together with Purdue alumni and esteemed professionals from a particular career field.  Once everyone gets into Zoom, we’ll divide students into 4-5 groups, with 5-6 students and one alumni/professional for each group.  The alumni/professionals will begin by introducing themselves to those in the room.  After introductions, the speed-networking portion of the event will commence!  Each group will meet for approximately 15-20 minutes, in which time students will have the opportunity to ask questions.  Alumni/professionals are encouraged to tell students about their personal, academic, and career path, as well as advise students on how to make themselves competitive for today’s job market.  Once the time is up, each alumni/professional will rotate and move to another group of students and repeat the process.  This will give students the chance to get multiple perspectives on their questions.  Participation will allow you to establish connections with these professionals in an informal setting!
Reactions from Student Evaluations of Previous Events:
  • “This event helped me scope out what I am interested in and also helped me understand different career paths”.
  • “I loved all the information; it was very helpful.”
  • “I enjoyed networking with my peers and the guests.”
  • “It gave me more knowledge on what options I have as a student in the College of Science.”
  • “This was a really great no pressure opportunity to network”.
  • “It was good to see all of the different career opportunities available with similar degrees.”
  • “I learned different perspectives for preparing and finding a future career.”
  • “I like to learn how people with different degrees get to where they are today.”
Alumni/Professionals Attending the Event:
  • Gary Burniske, Managing Director—Center for Global Food Security.
  • Kathryn Houin, VP of Operations— Xylogenics, Inc.
  • Brooke Myer, Senior Environmental Compliance & Enforcement Manager— Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
  • Kent Shadley, Vice President, Field Services–– Alliance Environmental Group, Inc.
SPACE IS LIMITED.  RSVP is mandatory for this event. 
Check your calendars and exam schedule before signing up for this event. 


  • 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 (TABLES) or at the LBC BrightSpace site (Brightspace) 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: APPLICATION

Not enrolled in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)? Enroll today!
Click Here  

If you have questions, contact LBC at

Get Global Experience -- Remotely

The Outstanding Teacher Award

Campus Events
CCO info on Virtual Career Fair

When: Monday, February 22, 2021
Time: 6:00pm EST
RSVP: Click Here (Virtual Event)

Trevño will discuss the importance of embracing one's identities and how accepting one's lived experiences leads to success and empowerment. A collaboration between the Latino Cultural Center, Disability Resource Center, and LGBTQ Center

ROBIN DiANGELO, academic, consultant, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism

Thursday,March 4, 7:00pm

This event is sponsored by the Honors College Visiting Scholars program.  Dr. Robin DiAngelo is an American author, consultant, and facilitator working in the fields of critical discourse analysis and whiteness studies. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. She has numerous publications and books. Her 2018 book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, debuted on the New York Times bestseller list upon its release and has remained there for over two years. To date, it is being translated into 10 languages.
DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. In addition to her academic work, DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.
Additional support provided by the Black Cultural Center; Latino Cultural Center; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center; and the Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center.
For more information on the Honors College Visiting Scholars program, please visit their website. 
Register for this free event HERE.

Moderated by Dr. Megha Anwer

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, Purdue Honors College
For more information on Dr. Anwer, please check here.

Black Men in White Coats
Becoming a Physician Documentary Screening

Steps to Leaps Student Discussion and Dialogue

Student Discussion and Dialogue - Financial Well-Being During a Pandemic

Tuesday, February 23, 6:30pm - 7:00pm

How to Eat Well During a Pandemic
Tuesday, March 9, 5:00pm - 5:30pm


NOBCChE Virtual Research Conference
Join UIUC's NOBCChE chapter in a celebration of the Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers that have laid the foundation and are conducting groundbreaking research in honor of Black History Month. We will be holding a 2-day conference that will include keynote addresses, research presentations, and panel discussions on a wide range of topics. Events will begin on Friday, February 19th (5pm CST) and conclude on Saturday, February 20th (1pm CST). Please join us for the conference and register for both days using the registration links below.

Registration Link for February 19 (5pm - 7:15pm CST): Click Here
Registration Link for February 20 (9am - 1pm CST): Click Here

Undergraduate Research Conference Spring 2021

Purdue Undergrad Research Pitch Competition
Save the Date
March 24, 2021
8:00pm -10:00pm
Live: Fowler Auditorium in Stewart Center
Virtual: Link will be included closer to the event.
Click here for more information about the event and how to participate
Deadline to enter your video submission is February 28, 2021

Summer Internships at Columbian Park Zoo
2021 Summer Internships

Columbian Park Zoo
Closing Date
March 5, 2021


Summer internships at Columbian Park Zoo include the following areas of specialty: Animal Care (focus areas include Animal Ambassadors, Australia/Americas exhibits, or Family Farm exhibit); Education and Communication (focus areas include Animal Ambassador and Interpretive Programs, Zoo Camp Counselor, and Social Media); Landscaping/Horticulture.  Interns focus on mastering a basic skill set in their assigned area with some opportunities for cross-training and shadowing in other areas.  Animal care responsibilities include daily husbandry tasks such as diet preparation, enclosure cleaning/disinfection and light maintenance, record-keeping, and assisting with medications/veterinary procedures, operant conditioning, and behavioral enrichments.  Education interns focus on public engagement, interpretive talks, and assist with a variety of education programs, which include the handling of live animals.  All interns interact with visitors and may make public speaking presentations, provide customer service, serve as exhibit monitors, supervise youth and adult volunteers, and participate in general housekeeping tasks.  Internships are competitive and participation is limited. Summer internships are full-time or part-time with a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week.  A minimum of 13 weeks and 240 total hours is required.

Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be a current college student or recent college graduate with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Basic biological knowledge required.
Must be capable of the physical requirements to work in a zoo setting (i.e. lift 50 pounds, stand for prolonged times, work outside in various weather conditions, tolerate hay/dust/dander/other allergens, climb, lift, grasp, bend, and operate a variety of hand-held tools and equipment, etc.)
Must be able to work with and without direct supervision, and follow oral and written instructions.
Must possess strong verbal and written communication skills.
Must be able to work days, evenings, weekends and holidays, as required.
Must be able and willing to engage with audiences of diverse backgrounds in a courteous and professional manner.

Application materials are available at  Application packet, including cover letter, resume, transcripts, application form, and two letters of recommendation must be received in a single packet, no later than 5:00pm on March 5, 2021.  Please direct questions to Jennifer Spence, Internship Coordinator at

2021 Summer Internship Opportunity
The interns do a variety of seasonal tasks, including mosquito collection and identification, surface water quality testing, and public outreach. Any students interested in this internship will need to be a science major (biology, environmental science, public health, etc.), have a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation. The position is paid and is 36 hours a week May-August. The internship will be posted on to myCCO, however students must apply through Elkhart County’s website. The application can be found HERE under the title ‘Part Time Seasonal Environmental Technician’.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Jessica Daub at, Ashley Scholl at or Carrie Brunson at