College of Science
NEWSLETTER   8.16.19

Welcome To the College Of Science Student Success Scene
The First Woman To Receive A Ph.D. In Computer Science at Purdue University 
All University Study Abroad Fair 
Study Abroad During Spring Break With the College Of Science    
College Of Science Spring Break Study Abroad To Iceland 
The Intercultural Competence Passport Project 
Follow the Roadmap: Learn Beyond the Classroom   
Fall Recruiting For Jobs and Internships Will Begin Soon-Are You Ready?
Women in Science Programs
The Cos Career Specialist Is Available To Help You 
Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition Deadline: August 29  
Office of International Students and Scholars to Host Global Fair
Immersion Tour:Memphis, TN, Fall Break, October 4-8, 2019 

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---Terry Ham, International Student Integration and Retention Specialist, Danielle Sheese, Career Development and Retention Specialist, and Laura Starr, Director for Experiential Learning & Student Success---are delighted that Science Diversity---Natasha Harris, Assistant Director for Multicultural Science Programs, and Connie Kaspar Brophy, Assistant Director for Women in Science Program ---has joined our team.

Explore all your options for a semester, summer, winter, or spring break program all in one place.  

Wednesday, August 28
PMU South Ballroom
College of Science Spring Break Study Abroad to Iceland

The Land of Fire and Ice. 
Trip Dates: March 13-21, 2020  

Our world has never been smaller, and traveling is crucial to your education.  The itinerary will be a mix of culture, history, science, energy, education, hands-on activities, and yes, fun stuff too.  Highlights include:     
  • Glacier Walk  
  • deCODE Genetics-the Human Genome  
  • Hellishei├░i Geothermal Powerplant  
  • Lava Center Experience  
  • Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss, & Gullfoss Waterfalls  
  • ├×ingvellir National Park-The Golden Circle Tour  
  • Cooking Class-Cooking a Traditional Dish  
  • Tour the City of Reykjavik  
  • National, Perlan, and Viking Museums  
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon  
  • View the Northern Lights (weather permitting)  
  • More information will be available soon!  
The Intercultural Competence Passport Project   
  • Earn intercultural certification and increase cultural skills that employers and graduate schools look for.   
  • Earn 6 badges in 6 -1 hour 15 minute sessions on Thursday afternoons, 3:00-4:15.   
  • Begins August 29 – 3:00-4:15 in Beering 1222 Come check it out! Attending the first session does not obligate you to come to the others. 
For more information, please contact Terry at

Follow the Roadmap: Learn Beyond the Classroom
  • Are you graduating in December 2019?  Make sure to have completed all LBC reports by September 16, 2019.   
  • This summer, did you complete an internship, undertake research, study abroad, or participate in another activity eligible for LBC points?  Be sure to write your reports before you get too busy.   
  • Would you like to attend a conference, study abroad, or participate in another LBC activity for which you need some funding?  Submit an LBC grant application.   
  • Not enrolled in Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC)? Enroll today!  
For more information and to enroll,

If you have questions, contact LBC at

Fall Recruiting for Jobs and Internships will Begin Soon-Are you Ready?

Upcoming College of Science Career Workshops

Career Fair Prep
Tuesday, 9.3.2019
6- 7:30 p.m. LWSN 1142

Science Resume Night
Wednesday, 9.4.2019
5:30-7 p.m. BRNG 2280

Interview Like a Pro!
Thursday, 9.5.2019
6-7:30 p.m. LWSN 1142

Feel free to bring a friend!
Women In Science Programs  

The Women in Science Programs (WISP) supports female College of Science students. From the first year to graduation day and beyond, WISP strives to build a cohort of women, non-binary gender and male advocates by:
  • offering support and a sense of belonging by addressing issues of isolation in STEM, a male dominated field
  • promoting the development of individual personal and professional identities
  • promoting networking and connections
  • increasing persistence
First year students accepted into the WISP Learning Community are paired with an upper-level WISP mentor to process their lived experiences as well as learn the informal structure of the College of Science and Purdue University.  Monthly dinner programs and social events are hosted where speakers relate their experiences as women in Science, present topics of interest and allow opportunities for networking among students, staff, faculty members, alumnae and industry professionals. Students have access to free WISP sponsored tutoring of 100 and 200 level Math, Science and Engineering courses in the University Residences Support Center in Shreve Hall from Sunday-Thursday 7-10pm beginning August 25, 2019.   

Although WISP is currently at capacity, check out our website at and share your interest for future involvement at

Undergraduate Research Pitch Competition Deadline: August 29.  

September 24, 2019, WALC Hiler Theater 7-9 PM, Undergrad researchers win up to $400.
Office of International Students and Scholars to host Global Fair

Purdue’s Office of International Students and Scholars will host the Global Fair at 5-7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the ballrooms of Purdue Memorial Union. The event is to honor Purdue’s diversity over the last 150 years.The event will feature cultural booths from multiple campus organizations, multicultural music, multicultural activities and challenges with prizes and finger food from around the world. The first 200 guests in attendance will receive door giveaways.

Immersion Tour: Memphis, TN, Fall Break, October 4-8, 2019  

Purdue University’s Black Cultural Center and CILMAR (Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research) and the Honors College, are excited to present a unique fall break opportunity for students, “Immersion Tour: Memphis, TN Understanding Race and Place through the Lens of Food Justice and Citizenship Post Civil Rights”. This intensive 5 day, 4 night immersive experience will center on the theme of developing the relationships between domestic and international students, understanding race & place through the lens of food justice and citizenship post the Civil Rights movement.   This program is designed for students interested in expanding their intercultural skills and building community among domestic and international peers who share common interests in social justice, the arts and fostering an inclusive campus environment. This experience will involve opportunities to:
  • Engage with Civil Rights activists involved in the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s
  • Share meals, discussions, and facilitated dialogues with peers of varied ethnicities and cultures              
  • Participate in community service projects involving food justice, transportation, and the arts             
  • Visit honored and sacred Civil Rights heritage sites and museums              
  • Enjoy the Blues and understand how the Arts as cultural expression, continues to shape equality and freedom globally.              
  • Delight in the delicious cuisines of the American South              
  • Experience joy and connection with newfound friends/community  

This program includes a competitiveapplication and subsidized costs for a restricted/select number of participants. Please see the attached flyer for detailed information, costs, and application link.  

Application Deadline: August 19 / Selections Announced: August 21 / Payment due:  September 10th  

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher can receive 1 credit for this experience by registering for HONR 29900 Critical Geographies of Race

Apply now!