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Academic Announcements

During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Actuarial Science program will be a participant in the Data Mine.  The Data Mine is a Learning Community that introduces students to Data Science and allows students to explore the intersection of Data Science and their major.  Obviously, there is a huge intersection between Actuarial Science and Data Science.  During the next three weeks, we will hold information sessions for interested students.   6pm in the C102 Lounge in Hillenbrand Hall on Thursday, September 20 or Wednesday, September 26 or Tuesday, October 2.
The actuarial portion of the Learning Community will consist of 50 students (out of 800) who will all live in Hillenbrand Hall.  Our 50 students will be on a floor of Hillenbrand Hall together.  (To participate in this Learning Community, you must live in Hillenbrand Hall next year.) We are targeting current freshman (who will be sophomores) next year for the actuarial portion of the Data Mine, but it is also open to current sophomores or juniors if you are interested. Students will take one or two actuarial science classes together each semester.  Additionally, we will have a two or three hours of courses each semester that will cover data science for actuarial students. These course will involve working with real data provided by local insurance companies.  Additionally, we anticipate you will also interact directly with actuaries from the companies providing the data.   There will also be opportunities to interact with leaders in the Data Science field, practicing actuaries who use Data Science on a regular basis, and the faculty from the Actuarial Program.

The Data Mine: Part of the Integrative Data Science Initiative Over 18 living, learning communities that take shared courses and collaborate on data-driven research projects The Data Mine incorporates the successful elements of learning communities. It blends learning, research, and professional development. In 2019-20, The Data Mine will have almost 800 students, organized into roughly 18 cohorts, ranging from 23-100 students each, all living in Hillenbrand Hall. Renovations include on-site faculty office hours, and collaboration spaces for student work. Undergraduate students from all years (first-year through senior year) are welcome to participate. See reverse side for brief descriptions of The Data Mine Learning Communities. Important Dates October 1: Application will go live: • Rolling placement process • Decisions within 10 business days November 30: Majority of the placements are expected to be completed by Thanksgiving. January 31: Application for current (continuing) students closes. (We strongly encourage students to apply as early as possible during the fall semester.) All participating students must contract for a housing space in Hillenbrand Hall. Contacts Please send student inquiries to: Dr. Mark Daniel Ward Director, The Data Mine Professor of Statistics Dr. Jonathan Manz Associate Director of Residential Academic Initiatives

STATISTICS HELP ROOM HOURS:  file:///C:/Users/sdunderm/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/VGAP7VWT/StatHelpRoom.pdf

FREE Evening Science Help CenterCOSINE (College of Science Instructional Nightly Enrichment) is a FREE tutoring program to help students succeed in first year science courses.  COSINE offers event tutoring right in your own backyard.  Our goal is to help you develop problem-solving skills needed to do your homework.  Please visit one of our locations for assistance. In the Shreve Hall University Residences Support Center, Room C107Monday and Wednesday – 7:30-10 pmTuesday and Thursday – 6-9 pm

Academic Success Center (ASC) NEWS
NEW WEBSITE + APP | After a great 6 year run, the BoilerGuide app has retired. Students can now find information about SI sessions, academic resources, and more on the new PurdueGuide app. PurdueGuide is available as a free download on the Apple App and Google Play stores.  The ASC has also updated our website. You can now find us online at Please make sure to update any browser bookmarks or links that you use or share with students.
PEER SUCCESS COACHING PROGRAM | The Peer Success Coaching program offers undergraduate students additional support and accountability as they work toward academic, social, and/or personal goals during the semester. Trained peer leaders work 1-on-1 with students to develop strategies, skills, and solutions as they aim for their definition of success. Students can apply for a PSC online at Contact the ASC for more information.

SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION PROGRAM | The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program provides students with interactive, peer-led study sessions for challenging Purdue courses. You can view the SI session schedule online or through the new PurdueGuide app. Sessions will continue to be held across campus; all SI Leaders’ office hours will be held in WILY C215. Individual student SI session attendance can be found on a student’s BoilerConnect profile in the Reports/Notes tab under Recent Visits to the Student Success Support Centers.

 WORKSHOPS | The ASC offers free workshops available to all students. This semester we will offer our traditional topics (time management, overcoming procrastination, and effective study strategies) and the Test Drive: the Elliott Exam Experience event. This workshop event is an opportunity for students to take a mock exam in the large evening exam setting. Test Drive will be held on Monday, September 10 at 8 pm. Details about the mock exam course options and registration will be shared early next week. The general workshop schedule is available online. Interested in setting up a workshop for a class or student group? You can submit your workshop request online. We will have printed copies of the workshop schedule available during the events next week and will share digital copies once they are tagged to be fully accessible. 

CONSULTATIONS | Students can get tailored support on study strategies, time management, test-taking strategies, and other academic success topics in a 1-on-1 meeting with an academic consultant. Students can sign up for a consultation through BoilerConnect or by visiting the ASC. Advisors can also refer the student to the ASC through the BoilerConnect by clicking “Issue an Alert.” An ASC staff member will reach out to the student, keeping the advisor in the loop throughout the entire process.

MA 35300 will soon be replaced by MA 35301 (it is currently planned for Spring 2019).  For more information on MA 35301, please see

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 (freshman, transfer or exchange)?   Follow this link for more information:                                                                            

The UCAP has approved a three-course culture course option for the Foreign Language and Culture Requirement for the College of Science.  Contact your academic advisor for more details.

Info about programming languages in STAT courses can be found at:  

Systems Certificates - Purdue Systems Collaboratory is offering two certificates in Fall 2018 (awaiting final ICHE processing)

  • Certificate in Systems for undergraduate students
  • Graduate Certificate in Systems suited for graduate students or continuing education professionals

The programs that are designed for undergraduate and graduate students across all majors are a response to the need for a new generation of leaders with holistic perspective, who can address the most challenging and complex problems of today’s societies. Purdue graduates have continuously made technological breakthroughs, developed innovative products, created timeless designs, and discovered better ways to feed the world. It is time to pioneer the education of scientists, economists, engineers, designers, and humanitarians who are also systems thinkers; future leaders who can see the hidden interconnections between different elements of a system and turn the spotlight on the role of humans in these systems.

Both certificate programs are administered through the Office of the Provost and is governed by the PSC Educational Committee representing different Purdue colleges. Students must maintain a C- or higher in certificate-related courses. Upon completion of certificate and Purdue degree requirements, students will receive an official certificate, which is also recorded on their academic transcript. The three SYS courses in the programs had been previously offered cross-listed in the different variations between Fall 2014 and Spring 2018. If a student has completed any of these courses, the course can be counted towards fulfillment of the certificate requirements. For the list of the course details click here.

There is now a Advance Credit exam for CS 15900 which could meet the College of Science computing requirement.   If you are interested and you are aware that students who typically succeed at passing the exam, have at least 3 months of experience in the C programming language, (experience in related programming languages will not be sufficient) - you should contact your academic advisor for more information.

PHYS 172 D is a first semester calculus-based physics course that is taught in an online format at Purdue University. The course meets the same requirements as PHYS 172 and can be taken in place of the face-to-face PHYS 172 course. It will use the same text as the face-to-face version of PHYS 172, but various course materials – lectures, homework, labs, recitations, and exams will be different from the face-to-face course. All of the course materials will be distributed online through Blackboard Learn website for the course.

Text reminders via BoilerConnect (appointment reminders, etc.) will start pulling from a new area in MyPurdue.  If you wish to continue to received texts from your advisor, the Registrar, etc.  PLEASE update your cell phone: Students can log into the myPurdue Portal;  click on Academics and then Personal Information to add their cell phone.

NOTE:  Spring 2017 and forward, ENGL 211 at Ivy Tech will NOT be equivalent to ENGL 42100 at Purdue.

Free Tutoring from the College of Science.

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 (freshman, transfer or exchange)?   Global Partners are Purdue College of Science student leaders who work to create a  comfortable and safe                 environment in which entering students can individually and collectively “find their feet”  in the Purdue community.  These partners provide new students with the tools and knowledge they need to start their college career, and aid them throughout their transitions as first-year students in the College of Science at Purdue University.  The Global Partners program is also dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural understanding and to helping all students involved to expand their knowledge of cultures other than their own.   Join us for the 2017/18 school year for monthly dinners, trips and activities (free for you!)
that are designed to help you learn about other cultures……..while having fun!
To sign up for Global Science Partners, please follow this link: 

Confused by all the acronyms and names on campus?  This sheet may help!

NOTE:  STAT majors cannot use STAT 11300, STAT 30100 for credit.  Students should check with their advisor about taking 500 level courses not listed on the plan of study.

Students can give parents, legal guardians, or other trusted parties access to view certain pieces of their student information online. This access is referred to as proxy access, and the person who is granted this authorization is called a myPurdue proxy. The student controls the entire process through their myPurdue Portal, and can add anyone with a valid email address as a proxy.  More information.

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MATH Course Offering Plan:

MA 42500 - Fall Only
MA 46000 - Fall Only, MAED Only
MA 42800 - Spring Only
MA 27900 - Usually Fall Only Even Years, but depends on faculty availability

Opportunity Announcements

Don’t miss the chance to join in on the SKY Happiness Retreat {formerly Yesplus Leadership Retreat}Gift yourself this unique experience and register to confirm your spot before they are taken. Register here.The SKY Happiness Retreat is offered at 40 different universities across the US and Purdue is one of them. This powerful, experiential self-development and leadership retreat will give you some of these benefits and more…. 
  • Understanding the sources of stress and the role of breathing techniques
  • Learning meditative practices in managing stress and negative emotions
  • Ability to increase personal happiness
  • Developing greater equanimity
  • Learning to deal with criticism and mistakes
  • Taking personal and community responsibility
  • Increase social connection, enthusiasm, and inspiration
 If you are searching for clarity, stress relief, a meditation practice, connection, or just something new to try – this is the place to be…. For absolutely everyone and anyone. We are so excited to share this opportunity with you. The Retreat is generally $395 for general public, it drops to $250 for staff and faculty and $150 for students. 
This year we are pleased to share with you that there are scholarships available dropping the registration to only $50 for students!The timings and dates are as follows: Sept 20 & 21 (Thursday and Friday): 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm Sept 22 & 23  (Saturday and Sunday): 10:00 am - 4:30 pm Location - Thurs, Fri, Sun - 3rd street tower & Sat - BCC Participant Testimonials - (fellow students) 
“It is a wonderful experience that will give you the tools needed to de-stress and maintain an overall peaceful and happy life, as well as help you become more successful with concentration, energy and focus honed through the techniques taught.”- Silenze Esquives B.“This retreat allows you to take a step deeper into yourself,  and use that to lead others.”- Dallas“It changed the way I interact with people. I feel more confident and at ease talking to people I don't know.”- Pravina Please reach out to our SKY @ Purdue Team with questions or thoughts --- or Michelle - 574-229-0059 

The 12th Women in Math Day will be on Tuesday, September 18. The Women in Math Day is a special day to celebrate the women in the department (faculty and students alike) with the purpose of opening channels of communication. Every year, we invite a distinguished female member of the mathematical community who serves as a role model and inspiration. This year our guest is Professor Tatiana Toro from the University of Washington.  To celebrate this day, we have organized the following events:  An AWM informal chat with Professor Toro will take place at 10:30-11:30 am in the Math Library Lounge. Everyone is welcome to join, regardless of gender. Refreshments will be served.  The Women in Math Day luncheon will take place at 12:00 pm (noon) at the Burton D. Morgan Cafe in Discovery Park. Female undergraduate students in Mathematics are cordially invited to join us for lunch (courtesy of the department).  If you are interested in joining the luncheon, please RSVP by replying to this email ASAP and no later than 10:00 am on Friday, September 14. Please specify in your email your year and major. Due to the limitation in space and the popularity of the event, we can only accommodate 10 undergraduate students.    The Jean E. Rubin Memorial Lecture will take place at 3:30 pm in Math 175. The talk is titled "Geometry of Measures" and is open to everyone who is interested. 

Actuarial Science in the Data Mine
  • Are you majoring or interested in Actuarial Science?
  • Do you want to live and learn with your friends?
  • Do you want to get immersed to Data Science as it applies to Actuarial Science?
  • Do you want to develop a close working relationship with the Actuarial faculty?
If your answers are YES, then the Actuarial Science Learning Community is the right place for you!
Information Sessions 6:00 pm in the C102 Study Lounge in Hillenbrand Hall Thursday, September 20 Wednesday, September 26 or Tuesday, October 2
Events and activities in learning community include
  • Collaborative coursework
  • Weekly dinners with learning community participants
  • Social gatherings with learning community members
  • Seminars by visiting speakers including practicing actuaries and data scientists
  • Meals with campus and community leaders
  • Game / recreation nights
  • Career and graduate school panels

Falling Forward Series will help teach student the importance of resilience and boucing bck from setbacks.  The series is free and begins Sept. 25 and runs through Oct. 4, occurring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-6pm. Registration ends Sept. 24. E-mail to register.

The Department of Mathematics at Texas State University is hosting a Graduate Programs Expo on Friday, November 2, 2018.  More information can be found here:   The Undergraduate Research Society of Purdue is a new club on campus.  It has a callout on September 17 at 6 PM in BRNG 2280.  They will serve pizza at the callout.  Please consider attending, especially if you are interested in undergraduate research!  **Leadership positions** are available, for students who are already doing research.  Please feel welcome to contact Brittany Griggs for questions:

The School of Hospitality and Tourism Management will be holding an event on September 17th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to provide students with information about our major.   Free pizza will be provided.  

Registration is open for the Big Ten+ Graduate School Expo to be held on September 30th & October 1th, 2018.  This two day mini-conference is especially designed for students interested in graduate education in:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Other science-related disciplines.
 Students will:
  • Get an inside look at graduate school and the application process.
  • Receive advice about funding opportunities.
  • Network with representatives from more than 80 of the nation’s top graduate institutions, including UC Berkeley, Cornell, Harvard, Michigan, Purdue, USC, Texas, Northwestern, and Maryland. Visit the Attending Institutions website for a complete list.
  • Attend a premier graduate school fair.
Purdue students have two options for registering. Participate in all Grad Expo activities, and pay the regular registration fee of $40. Or, attend only the Graduate School Fair for FREE. A Purdue ID is required for this option. For more information, visit the special Purdue student registration site. All students, including women and members of underrepresented groups, are encouraged to attend.
Visit for more information and to register.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CONVERSATION HOUR Come meet with other international students to discuss and learn about how to manage experiences that may be unique to being an International Student I Some light refreshments and snacks will be provided I Location: Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering Room: 3109 Day/Time: Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM (weekly, starting August 29th ) Various Topics Including: Communication/Language and Academics Homesickness, Culture Shock, and Acculturation Maintaining Relationships and Making New Ones November 28th - End of Semester Study Break

STAMINA4 is similar to real-world business projects and is an intensive, experiential learning opportunity that allows students to showcase their critical thinking and analytical abilities, communicate their ideas and demonstrate mental tenacity.  Participants only have 4 hours to analyze a case and create a presentation to share their recommendations.  The top 8 advancing teams will present their findings to our panel of corporate judges on October 19th.   Another lucrative cash prize is available to the winning teams and the top 4 teams will represent Purdue University in the Purdue/IU Case Competition which is being held this year on our campus.  This year is even more exciting as Eli Lilly is sponsoring the Purdue/IU competition and will have corporate recruiters on hand during the final presentations (November 9th) to meet and speak with each of the top team members.   

The OUR and Purdue Libraries are partnering again to host the Undergraduate Research Seminar Series this semester. Sessions are held in HIKS G980D from 4:30-5:30pm. Upcoming sessions are:

  • Sept. 18. Where to Start to be a Researcher - Focus on Research Mentors
  • Oct. 1. Where to Start to be a Researcher - Purdue Libraries' Resources
  • Oct. 15. Create/Design a Poster - encouraged for those presenting at the Fall Research Expo
  • Oct. 29. Preparing for the Research Roundtable - encouraged for those who plan to attend the Roundtable

Nov. 5. Poster Work Day and Feedback - encouraged for those presenting at the Fall Research Expo

The OUR is hosting and co-hosting a variety of events this academic year to put on your calendar now!

Oct. 30. Research Roundtable - A research "job fair" for students to learn about current research opportunities.
10-3pm (tentative) :: PMU Ballrooms
Co-sponsored with the Purdue Society of Professional Engineers

Nov. 12. Purdue Fall Undergraduate Research Expo - A research conference for Purdue undergraduate researchers to present what they have completed.
8:30-11:30am :: STEW 214 :: Oral Presentations
1-4pm :: PMU Ballrooms :: Poster Symposium

March 5. Celebrate Purdue's Thinkers, Creators, & Experimenters - A project showcase where researchers show attendees what they are working on via models, demonstrations, activities, etc.
1:30-4:30pm :: Co-Rec

Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference - The annual research conference with awards for top student posters and oral presentations.
April 4 :: 1-4pm :: STEW 214 :: Oral Presentations
April 9 :: 9-4pm :: PMU Ballrooms :: Poster Symposium
Keep updated on upcoming events by subscribing through the OUR website

The Office of Admissions is hiring students to work in our Call Center $8/hr. Please share this opportunity with any students you think would be interested! If you/they have any questions feel free to email me.

 To apply they just need to fill out this short application:

Do you love math and science? Tutoring opportunities available for Fall & Spring 2018-2019!

If you are interested in tutoring students in biology, chemistry, or math we need you!
You must be comfortable working 1:1 and with small groups.
Tutors earn $9 per hour.
Please click below to complete the application and upload your resume. Math and Science Tutor Application
Contact Think Summer @ if you have any questions.

The NBA is hosting its annual Hackathon and we would love to engage with your students and alumni that are interested in data, analytics and technology.  This is an opportunity to leverage NBA statistics and to showcase programming, visualization and data skills in front of many distinguished judges as well as NBA team and league office hiring managers.  Below is some additional information and background regarding the event. On September 22nd, 2018, students, statisticians, developers and engineers will take part in the third annual NBA Hackathon. The event will be held in the greater NY/NJ area.  The 2018 NBA Hackathon will feature two tracks, basketball analytics and business analytics. Teams accepted to the Hackathon will build tools to solve important and challenging problems in the NBA. Their work will be presented to a panel of expert judges and an audience of NBA personnel, media, invited guests and the other competitors. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams of each track, with a grand prize that will include lunch with NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver.   The NBA Hackathon is open only to current undergraduate and graduate students studying at accredited universities in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec), or those who graduated from an accredited university and reside in the United States or Canada (excluding Quebec). Only invited guests and competitors will be allowed to attend. 

You may apply directly here.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

At the Midwest Graduate School Summit on Saturday, October 27, 2018, students will:

  • get an inside look at graduate school and the application process,
  • receive advice about funding opportunities from experts,
  • attend a premier graduate school fair and network with representatives from more than 60 of the nation’s top graduate institutions.
This one-day mini-conference is especially designed for students who are looking for advanced degrees in:
  • Business
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Arts
  • Pharm.D.
  • Public Affairs
  • Other Related disciplines

The Midwest Graduate School Summit offers Travel Scholarships up to $500 of eligible expenses for students travelling to the Midwest Summit from within the United States and its territories. Women and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to attend.   Please visit our website for more information, and to join our mailing list!

Did you know?  STAT Job Postings are available at: and also others are posted on the 5th Floor of the MATH building by the elevators.  There are BS, MS, and PhD job postings listed.

Did you know the math department has a contest for students call the PROBLEM OF THE WEEK.  Check it out!

Need help preparing for interviews? Check out all the resources the Purdue CCO has to offer from Peer Mock Interview and Big Interview to our Core Series on the subject!

Homework and Tutoring program at Schuyler Avenue Wesleyan Church in Lafayette. We serve under privileged kids in the North End of Lafayette in a partnership with Vinton Elementary school to provide background checked and coached volunteers to help children in targets ways.  Our program has been a great success and we had a number of Purdue students volunteer throughout the first semester.  I would love if you could once again include our program in your announcements.  Right now we have more kids signed up than volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Shaina Patriquin at

Dress for success: Put on that business suit and get ready to network. Don't have a suit? Purdue's Career Closet is just for you! Click here to learn more!

Learning beyond the classroom


Scholarship/Grant/Financial Announcements


Study Abroad Callouts/Information/Scholarships

2019 Maymester in Tanzania Callout.  October 10 or December 5 at 6pm in BRNG 3276 or November 5 BRNG 1242 at 6pm.  Pizza Provided.  

College of Science has recently approved study abroad exchange with Bristol in the UK.  There is the possiblity of math coursework through this university if you go for the semester.  Please see a counselor in the Study Abroad Office in Young Hall 105.

Service, Volunteer, Community Opportunities

CCO Career Closet donations: men’s and women’s suits, blouses and dress shirts, dress pants, belts, ties, gently worn dress shoes (can also be delivered to YONG 132, 10 AM – 4 PM Monday-Friday)

The United Way of Greater Lafayette, Purdue Alumni Association and the Purdue United Way Campaign have partnered to increase volunteerism in Greater Lafayette. More than a hundred volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations ranging from health and human services to environmental and animal services are available to Purdue student, faculty and staff teams who would like to volunteer locally. These opportunities can be found at

We are currently expanding our collaboration with ACEFood Pantry.  Not only are we continuing our pop-up food pantry in the CoRec on Fridays from 10-3, but we are doing more cooking demonstrations with food pantries in the area. Recently, we led a food demonstration at the ACEpantry location featuring simple breakfast recipes for busy students with items that can be found at the pantry. The recipes could be made in bulk at the beginning of the week so that participants avoid skipping meals. In addition, the ACEPantry newsletter will include a nutrition section written by our graduate assistant Haley. If you?d like more information on the recipes, email Haley at

The Career Closet was recently featured in JC Online and is currently participating in a SHOE & TIE drive. Please share this email with others who may be interested in donating and print the flyer attached above if you'd like to place it on your door. We are open to receiving other professional items as well, but are currently in high need of shoes and ties. Items can be donated during normal business hours to Young Hall, 132. 

Apply to be a CARE Peer Education. Info and aplication online at .  CARE - Center for Advocacy, Response & Education.

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