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

Join Global Science Partners

To find out more about the Global Science Partners, click HERE 
To sign up for GSP, please click HERE.
For more information contact Terry Ham at: hamt@purdue.edu
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) 

It’s never too early to start thinking about a semester abroad:
Explore Uppsala University
Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest university in Scandinavia. World-class research and high quality education pursued at Uppsala benefit society and business on a global level. The University is characterized by diversity and breadth, and limitless educational offerings. Located about 45 miles north of Stockholm, Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden.
For more information: Click Here

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

WISPers conversed about racism and sexism in Science academia and industry at a recent event.  We made and donated fleece blankets to the Almost Humane Society. International Women's Day was celebrated by serving coffee to our mentee learning community as they headed out to class and later discussing the inspirational women in the movie Hidden Figures.
WISP-WIEP Honors Tutors 
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
DURI Summer 2022: Now Accepting
Student Applications 

Discovery Park has posted new research projects for the Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship’s summer 2022 session. Undergraduates can see the current list of DURI projects and apply for the summer session at the DURI website.

The student application deadline is March 24.
Faculty project supervisors will review all eligible student applications before making final selections. Students will be notified of their acceptance after that date -- ideally, by April 8.

During the summer, student teams will be responsible for pursuing their research projects, culminating with a poster presentation and one-page abstract/summary of their results. Assuming all requirements are met, each participating student will earn a $4,500 summer term scholarship from the DURI program.

The DURI program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to work with researchers on cutting-edge research on challenges in the areas of global security, health, and sustainability. In these projects, solutions will be researched by combining faculty and students with two or more distinct disciplinary strengths.

For more information, email 

OUR - Office of Undergraduate Research


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