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
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College of Science
COS Students Honors Webpage
We're  celebrating our students who represent the best of academic achievement and student success

Join us at the 2022 Student Honors webpage!


New students always have many questions, and we feel that you can be a valuable partner in helping them navigate their first steps at Purdue and the College of Science. We are asking you to participate in an email exchange with a first-semester student.

If you participate in this program, you will be required to exchange four or five emails beginning in July through the 2nd week of classes. Entering students will be informed that this is an email-only relationship.

Your role will be to respond to questions about your major, the College of Science, and Purdue in general. You will not be expected to answer any questions about academic requirements and if you find your freshman partner has any, please refer him/her to their advisor.

If you would like to be a part of this program, please click here to fill out this quick survey!

It’ll look great on your resume!

Please feel free to contact Terry Ham with any questions at hamt@purdue.edu.  
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Are you interested in making friends from around the world?
Are you interested in increasing your marketability by improving your intercultural competence?Do you enjoy learning about other cultures AND sharing things about your own culture?
Would you be willing to mentor a new College of Science student  {1st year, transfer, or exchange)?

Join us Fall 2022 for monthly dinners,
trips and activities {free for you!) that are designed to help you learn about other
cultures........while having fun.

Check out the Global Science Partners webpage.
To sign up fill out this quick form
For all questions contact Terry Ham
Career Specialist is Available Over the Summer
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


Summer of Learning
Learn Beyond the Classroom

Students Studying
  • Use your LBC reports when preparing for interviews or writing applications for internships, jobs, and graduate and professional schools.
  • Take advantage of the summer months to build your portfolio: job shadow, volunteer in your community, join a diversity organization, and get to know people who are different from yourself
  • Submit LBC reports on activities you completed during the school year.
  • 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, click on your score and you will see what questions you have been asked to answer.  Resubmit your report with the required information so that your LBC points can be updated.
  • If you are graduating in August 2022, make sure to have completed the requirement for the certificate by June 20th.
  • If you wish to apply for an LBC grant to support an LBC activity, complete our electronic application form here.
Not enrolled in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)?
Enroll today on our webpage! 
If you have questions, contact LBC at   lbc@purdue.edu
Thinking about studying abroad?
Consider the University of St. Andrews
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St. Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English-speaking world, founded in 1413. Over six centuries it has established a reputation as one of Europe's leading and most distinctive centers for teaching and research. This exchange program is not for the faint of heart.  This academically rigorous institution is intellectually demanding and requires an independent approach to course work.You have to be able to hold your own in a class with some of the best students in Scotland and the U.K.  In addition, St Andrews students are expected to undertake their own unsupervised independent study. The ethos of independent learning allows students to study topics in great depth and helps to develop analytical and problem-solving skills.

For more information about University of St. Andrews check out the this website.
Congratulations to all WISPers on an amazing year together!  We have learned, supported and grown together!  Kudos to our outgoing leadership team: Jinan Ayub, Melissa Cia Shi, Alekya Raghavan, Jasmine Singh, and Isabella Sirit as well as our committee chairs: Morgan Farrand, Angela Meyer, and Becca Shelley.  We appreciate the outstanding work you have done to assist in the persistence of our cohort toward earning their degree in science!  Way to go graduating seniors…your dedication has paid off!  Know that you are welcome back to share your stories with future WISPers.
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Participate in a Purdue-sponsored Experiential Education Activity and Earn a Scholarship!
To qualify, students must be a Purdue West Lafayette undergraduate, 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. The amount awarded may vary depending on the type of experiential education opportunity and expenses related to the experience. Also, the student must be participating in an ExEd opportunity offered by or connected to Purdue University.

Scholarships are merit-based, and these funds are intended to supplement other scholarship funds or a student’s own personal funds. To qualify, applications must be submitted by the appropriate due date as listed below:
  • For fall funds, applications are due by June 1
  • For spring funds, applications are due by November 1
More details about the scholarship and a link to the application can be found on the Office of Experiential Education website.

Questions should be directed to Kat Stremiecki,
Beyond Campus
Careers at Fidelity
The Customer Relationship Advocate (CRA), Workplace Planning Associate (WPA), Financial Customer Associate and FT to PT Program opportunities are our primary entry level roles into Fidelity and the financial services industry. To Apply click on the job titles.

Customer Relationship Advocate

The CRA role is an integral part of a broader team that takes incoming calls from our customer base while addressing customer service issues. We are looking for candidates who wish to gain financial expertise while growing professionally. Our successful CRAs assist clients with a broad range of needs including answering questions about their account balances to guiding them to the appropriate resources. The goal remains consistent for all interactions: help customers feel more confident, make clearer decisions, and achieve their own financial dreams.

Workplace Planning Associate

As part of the Workplace Planning and Advice outbound and inbound call team, you will start your journey in our multi-stage development program to a career in planning and advice.  Engaging inactive and active 401(k) participants to introduce them to our services and guide them through all their available options. You'll connect with our clients to build effective relationships through calling and engaging warm leads as well as taking inbound calls.

Financial Customer Associate
A softer entry point into financial services. The Financial Customer Associates are the primary point of contact for customer queries regarding Defined Contribution retirement plans. They take personal responsibility for identifying customer needs, responding in a timely manner with tremendous accuracy while providing a high value experience. In Fidelity’s fast paced, inclusive culture, you will demonstrate unwavering dedication towards helping others become educated on options to improve their financial security. This is exceptionally fulfilling work when you are instilling customers with confidence to make financial decisions which will lead to achieving their fiscal dreams.

Full Time to Part time
Full Time Summer 2022 Role Converting to Part Time in Fall 2022

  • Rising Senior enrolled in a college or university of higher education graduating in December 2022 or May 2023
  • Seeking to work full-time beginning May 31, 2022 and then minimum of 20 hours per week beginning tentatively August 15, 2022.
Seeking rising senior who wants to gain knowledge about the financial services industry, participate in a superb training program, receive mentoring and earn their FINRA Series 7 & 63 license during Summer 2022! Then, when returning to school in the Fall, you could continue to work part-time at Fidelity Investments. We want individuals who enjoy helping others, are friendly, inventive and have an interest in beginning a career in financial services while continuing their academic studies in anticipation of graduation.  You will gain invaluable education about financial services and our approach to delivering outstanding customer service.