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Class of 2024 and Their Sophomore Experience

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As the Class of 2025 are slowly adjusting to a new lifestyle of college life and being away from home, the Class of 2024 are also getting a new experience.  Many of the sophomore students were not able to go to in-person classes last year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Classes were either taking place completely virtually or in a hybrid format- where certain students would participate in class both virtually and in-person during each set week. Most events and extra-curricular activities took place virtually through Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This year, as Protect Purdue guidelines have adjusted accordingly to the COVID-19 statistics around West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, people are once again able to experience life outside of a computer screen. Alena Megregian (Aerospace Engineering '24) and Athulya Nair (Biological Engineering '24) excited about sophomore year! One drastic change from last year is the transition from online classes to in-person classes. Students are now ab

Career Fair Short Stories

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Once again on Purdue Campus, career fair season has come around! Our largest and most well-known career fair is of course the Industrial Roundtable. Organized by the Purdue Engineering Student Council (PESC) , Industrial Roundtable is a multi-day career fair bringing in over 400 companies and thousands of students to chat, network and identify the best internship or full-time offer for both parties. Around the same time, multiple other career fairs are also occurring for specific disciplines like Boilermaker Circuit for the electrical and computer engineers, Sigma for the industrial engineers, the Aerospace Career Expo and many more ! Overall, this is an amazing time for Purdue students of all years and disciplines as campus is filled with endless career opportunities. Here are a few short stories about the experiences of Purdue Women Engineers at those career fairs: Aikya on her way to Industrial Roundtable 2021! "As soon as I got back to campus for my sophomore year, I began pre

My Summer Research Experience + 3 Tips for Getting a Summer Research Position

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     After completing my summer research internship virtually last year (you can read about it  here ), I was ecstatic to finally get to spend my summer at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As someone looking to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation, doing research over the summer is a great way to dive into a project and get a feel for what kind of work I want to pursue in graduate school.  Kat in front of her research lab      This summer, I was lucky enough to participate in a research experience through the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology, which is a consortium that focuses on advancing the field of mechanobiology. I worked 40 hours a week in the lab, where I would run experiments, read current literature in my field, or work on my communication skills through writing abstracts or creating presentations. I was also able to take on my own projects, which helped me grow as a scientist and engineer. My summer research experience solidified my interest in pu

How I, an Engineer, Ended Up with a Law Firm Internship (Part I)

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The summer of 2021 was one I had been looking forward to since late September, 2020. At the start of that Fall semester, I began to question what I wanted to do with my major after I graduate. I had research and development (R&D) experience from a co-op in the medical device industry but was uncertain whether it was what I wanted to do long-term. As a biomedical engineer, you can do so much – work towards a Masters or PhD in engineering, medical school, industry, even law school. But law school tends to be the road less traveled, and therefore didn’t come to my attention until the start of my junior year. As a WIEP Leadership Team member, I have the opportunity to host Access Alum events, and hosted a current Indiana University law school student who graduated from Purdue in Chemical Engineering. From this experience, I was able to learn a ton about what it looks like to be an engineering student in law school and began to understand the importance of engineers in the intellectual

Here comes the Sun! : Summer at Purdue

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One of my favorite aspects of Purdue is the beautiful campus. Rain or shine, the beauty of the brick buildings and vast green lawns always stands out. However, I am particularly biased towards summer time at Purdue when the trees and flowers are in full bloom, all of the fountains are turned on and students are happily galivanting around campus. If this sounds as amazing to you as it does to me, then you might want to know more about the opportunities that Purdue offers to extend your college experience into the summertime and enhance your academic career.  Take Summer Courses Purdue offers over 650 over the summer and has plenty of options for the timeframe you can take those courses within. The flexibility of the summer courses is great for pursuing other academic or professional opportunities while also finding some time to do extra learning. Summer classes are beneficial for helping students stay on track to reaching their degree and even getting ahead so that they can pursue other

I've Committed To Purdue! Now What?

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With May 1st rapidly approaching, we are so excited to welcome the new Boilermakers of the Class of 2025! There is so much to be excited for as you make the transition to campus over the next few months and we can’t wait to see you. As you go through the process of graduating high school and taking your first steps as Purdue students, here are a few things to look forward to and next steps through the rest of summer!  My first time on campus visiting Purdue after I committed - June 2019 Housing and Learning Communities The Outside of the Honors College About 95% of freshmen choose to live on campus and if you would like to live in a University residence you must sign your housing contract by May 5th to be guaranteed on campus housing. You will rank your room preferences by room style (not by residence hall) and will have the chance to choose between double, triples, singles, suites and apartments to name a few. While not guaranteed, Purdue will strive to put you in your top choice room

Get to Know Phi Sigma Rho

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I joined Phi Sigma Rho in January and can honestly say it was the best decision I made since coming to Purdue. For those who don’t know, Phi Sigma Rho is a social sorority for women in STEM. Our aim is to empower each other as women in STEM while still being able to have a traditional sorority experience. Me and My Family and my Big-Little Reveal I decided to go through Spring Continuous Open Bidding (COB) last minute after seeing an Instagram post. However, Phi Rho does do formal recruitment in the fall too! I attended a callout one night to meet the sisters via Zoom and then suddenly I was in interviews talking to members about Phi Rho and seeing if I would be a good fit. I wanted to be 100% sure that this was something I truly wanted to commit to before I accepted a bid. The sisters that I spoke to were understanding of my uncertainty and made sure that I had all of the information and confidence I needed to accept my bid. The moment I knew I wanted to join Phi Rho was during the in