College of Science
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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.

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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- 


Are you interested in using your major in a Medical related career field?

Then reserve your spot for...

Coffee & Conversation

When: Thursday, September 17, 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 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:
  • Dr. Andrew Golden, Clinical Associate and Medical Education Fellow— University of Chicago
  • Dr. Diane Healey, Geriatric Medicine Specialist, Center for Healthy Aging
  • Dr. Chester Ho, Chief Medical Officer of The Health Alliance health plan and the Population Health organization— Carle Health System in Champaign, IL
  • Brittany Oliver, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, Saint Joseph Health System
  • Medical Student, Indiana University School of Medicine—West Lafayette Campus
  • Dr. Julianne Stout, Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine––PUSH/IU School of Medicine-Purdue
  • Elizabeth Wertz, RN, (BSN, RNC-NIC), NICU Resource Team—Community Health Network

 SPACE IS LIMITED.  RSVP is mandatory for this event.  Check your calendars and exam schedule before signing up for this event.
Are you ready for Fall Recruiting?

Learning Beyond The Classroom
  • Are you graduating in December 2020?  Make sure to have completed all LBC reports by September 16, 2020.
  • This summer, did you complete an internship, undertake research, perform community service, 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, CLICK HERE

 If you have questions, contact LBC at

Study Abroad
Online scheduling available for remote advising with Study Abroad.

The Study Abroad Office is now offering online scheduling for remote advising meetings. Students can fill out a brief survey on the Study Abroad website to request an appointment. Based on their interests, they will be matched with a Study Abroad advisor and invited through BoilerConnect to schedule a phone or video call
.   Click Here

Application deadline for spring semester programs: September 15, 2020.

Campus Events

Upcoming virtual events in the Pursuing Racial Justice series:

Sep 10, 7:00PM EDT Ben Crump, civil rights attorney, lead attorney for the family of George Floyd
16, 7:30PM EDT Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speakers: Julian Casto, Dolores Huerta and Maria Hinojosa

Steps to Leaps Lunch and Learn

The UT Southwestern Medical Center Lyda Hill Department of Bioinformatics, is offering internships for students taking a COVID-19 related gap year or who need a virtual opportunity to fulfill internship course requirements.

These virtual opportunities will replace the U-Hack Med 2020 Hackathon but still provide an exciting way for students to engage in longer hackathon-inspired projects with meaningful outcomes.

Fully virtual with a paid stipend, the U-Hack Med Gap Year is for curious, mature and motivated undergraduate students who want to invest in real-world problem solving using their computer science and engineering skills to advance biomedical science.

Find more information and apply online at: