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, Danielle Sheese, Career Development and Retention Specialist, Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning and Student Success, and Connie Kaspar, Associate Director of Science Diversity. 
Questions about the Newsletter email sss@purdue.edu
College of Science
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-https://www.purdue.edu/science/careers) 

Study Abroad Deadline: March 1

The deadline for most summer, fall and academic year programs is March 1, 2022. Planning on going abroad this summer or for the fall semester? Apply for a College of Science Study Abroad scholarship HERE

What do young people in
hope for the future?
Join the Youth in Development in Morocco Maymester to explore this question through collaborations with Moroccan college students, homestays with urban and rural families, exchanges with young people from Sub-Saharan immigrant families, and visits to cultural sites in geographically diverse places – urban and rural, desert, mountain, and sea. Includes a visit to Fez, home of the world’s oldest continually-operating university and key in the development of modern science and medicine. Program dates: May 19 through June 8. Open to all Purdue undergraduates regardless of major; no prerequisites. 3 credits in Human Development & Family Studies.

Learn more and apply

Contact Dr. Natasha Watkins, watkinsn@purdue.edu or Dr. Aletha Stahl,

Strengthen your Candidacy
Learn Beyond the Classroom

  • 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 (Click Here) to determine whether what you have done fits the criteria.

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

WISP Leadership Opportunities
Showcase your passion for Science while raising up and empowering other undergraduate women by applying to serve as a Mentor in the Women In Science Program (WISP).  If you will be returning for the 2022-2023 academic year as a full-time student in the College of Science at Purdue University, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and are passionate about the promotion of women in STEM, you are encouraged to apply.  View our website at: https://www.science.purdue.edu/wisp/index.html for more information about WISP.  It’s our responsibility to proudly give back and help foster our WISP legacy! 
WISP Mentors encourage, support and challenge a first year female student in the WISP learning community to aid in her successful transition and sense of belonging to Purdue University and the College of Science, while offering and partnering in personal and professional development opportunities, experiences and discussions.  Please apply at WISP Mentor application by Tuesday, 3/8/2022 at 11:59pm.  All candidates who submit a completed application will receive an update as to their status in mid-April.
WISP-WIEP Honors Tutors are high-ability students earning 3.5+ cumulative GPA and have mastered entry level science and engineering courses and can serve role-models for women in our Residential Learning Communities.  Applicants should possess good communication skills, an interest in helping other students, a strong academic record, and the ability to be a contributing member of a team.  Tutors work three to five hours per week, Sunday through Thursday nights from 7 - 10 p.m. in the Shreve URSC as well as online.  Please apply at  WISP-WIEP Honors Tutor application by Thursday, 3/31/2022.
Have you completed the SERU?
All Purdue undergraduates are invited to take the SERU, but it is important we get a good sample from our college so the opinions of our students are accurately represented. When you are ready to begin, click the link here:  

The SERU is voluntary. You aren’t required to take it, or to complete it if you choose to begin. Your responses will always be confidential. Your name won’t be included in any reports or any shared data, and your relationship with Purdue University or any person or department in it won’t be affected. Please answer questions honestly. 

If you need assistance or if you have questions about the survey’s design, contact Purdue’s campus administrators at 

If you wish to talk with someone other than the researchers, you may contact Purdue’s Institutional Review Board. Please refer to the “2022 Undergraduate SERU Survey” under protocol IRB-2021-1885. The principal researchers are H. Anne Weiss and Andrew Zehner.
Need some help? Free Evening Tutoring is available
COSINE - Free Tutoring Program
COSINE (College of Science Instructional Nightly Enrichment) is a FREE tutoring program to help students succeed in first year science courses. COSINE offers evening tutoring right in your own backyard. Our goal is to help you develop problem-solving skills needed to do your homework. Please visit us in Shreve for assistance.

Shreve Hall
Room C113B
University Residences Support Center


Monday - Thursday 6:00-9:00pm January 17 - May 6

For optimal tutoring results, bring your text books and class notes.
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 C123.  Bring your books, calculator, homework, class notes, etc. Learn more by clicking HERE!
Campus Events
Quantum Programming Workshop for Purdue Women Engineers and Scientists
Explore Public Health Graduate
Programs Day
Friday, February 25, 2022 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Event - For Free Registration Click HERE
Health Programs Expo
Health Programs Expo on Monday, February 28 from 2pm-5pm in the PMU North & South Ballrooms. Representatives from over 65 programs will be there ready to share information about their programs in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, podiatry, veterinary medicine, public health, pharmacy, and more! 

A list of programs registered for the event is at the Health Programs Expo website.
Steps to Leaps Discussion and Dialogue Series
Steps to Leaps and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Presentation 1: Inclusive Collaborations - Discussion and Dialogue for Everyone

In this first part of a two-part partnership series between Steps to Leaps and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Christopher Munt and Megha Anwer will provide an opportunity to dialogue about the ways to identify opportunities for inclusive collaborations.  Woven into this conversations will be how we can all build and grow authentic partnerships. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join us to be part of the conversation while also seeing the ways that Steps to Leaps and Diversity and Inclusion weaves together.

Monday, February 28, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Click here to RSVP (Not Required)

Click here to access the presentation
Joining the Steps to Leaps Student Organization Can Help You Grow - Student Discussion and Dialogue

There is so much that the new Steps to Leaps Student Organization can offer students. It is first and foremost a place where you can join others in learning the skills that will help you be a successful Purdue student, focusing on the 5 Steps to Leaps Pillars. It will also give you an opportunity to gain leadership experiences, presentation opportunities and a community.

Monday, March 7, 2022 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Click here to RSVP (Not Required)

Click here to join the presentation
OUR - Office of Undergraduate Research


The Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition highlights students' projects while promoting concise and effective storytelling.

March 24, 2022 from 7-10pm

Fowler Hall and Live streamed

The Pitch Competition is open to any currently enrolled Purdue WL student involved in a research or creative endeavor in any major and discipline. The work can be an independent project or when working with a research mentor. 

Students should upload their 3-minute research pitch to apply to the Research Pitch Competition by
March 4.



Beyond Campus
Define possible with Northrop Grumman
Students who are looking for a challenge that will jump start their career, we want to meet them. We’re looking for a diverse group of curious students, who are ready to forge the future of STEM. Joining our team here at Northrop Grumman means working with a diverse set of perspectives to define possible every day. Our interns and early career employees get exposure to how some of the top minds from across many different industries turn ideas into outcomes. They work on projects in many categories including:
  • Aerospace
  • Cyber
  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Business Management
  • Logistics
  • And other functions across the enterprise
If your are looking for a career that makes a difference, beginning day one, we encourage you to apply with us here.  Additionally, if you want to learn more about Northrop Grumman and the opportunities we have for your students, we are hosting a series of open houses for career services professionals in March. If you are interested in attending to learn more, please let us know by filling out this interest form.
The Toxicology Mentoring and Skills Development Training Program (ToxMSDT)
Applications can be found here:

For further questions, please contact Pia van Benthem, pvanbenthem@ucdavis.edu