February 23, 2024

EEE Student Experience Survey - Deadline extended to TODAY

EEE conducts an annual survey to assess students' experiential educational experiences and assist us with continuous improvement efforts of EEE programs. This is a goal that we take seriously. Thank you in advance for your time and thoughtful responses. Please encourage your peers to participate!

Survey completion is required by all undergraduate students. DEADLINE: Friday, Feb 23, 11:59 PM. 

It is estimated that the survey will take about 10 minutes. You must complete this survey in one sitting; there is no 'start and stop' automatic save feature. You will be asked to submit your current resume at the end of the survey. Please have an electronic copy ready and accessible to submit.

SURVEY LINK: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9zTL8aGhD8TIHCC 

Summer 2024 Registration

The full Summer 2024 Schedule of Classes is now posted in your myPurdue portal. Students can view the full list of online courses on the Think Summer website. Students manually schedule themselves in the Schedule Assistant for summer session (not PreRegistration/Batch process) during their assigned time ticket and/or later during Open Registration starting February 26.  See dates here. A student's specific time ticket to enter Scheduling Assistant for summer is at this path in their myPurdue portal -  myPurdue>Registration Tab>Registration Status & Time ticket. How to Find Your Time Ticket video

The summer PIN will be needed and it is the same as the spring PIN that you received for Spring 2024. Students are welcome to make an appointment with their primary advisor in BoilerConnect if they are unsure what courses to take, but students are not required to do mentoring.

Summer Internships: EEE 39699 Professional Practice Internship Course

Recently, Purdue has waived fees associated with coop/internships so there’s a new philosophy to enroll students so that Purdue can ensure students have a valuable work experience.  Students enrolled in EEE 39699 will have tasks in a Brightspace course that Ms. Whelton administers. This is a 0-credit course that will allow you to document your work experience on your Purdue transcript, with a time commitment of approximately 2-3 hours total. See EEE 39699 flyer or the following for further explanation on transcribing work experiences: https://www.opp.purdue.edu/our-programs/academic-internships. Email Ms. Whelton (mwhelton@purdue.edu) with questions.

There are several benefits of registering for EEE 39699 while completing a Work Integrated Learning Experience such as Co-op or Internship. Students enrolled in the course will be able to:

  • Identify and articulate their individual growth in specific technical and professional skills as a result of the experience.

  • Create a record of what was gained through the experience, which will be beneficial for future interviews, resume writing, the overall job search, etc.

  • Receive valuable feedback from their employers.

  • Stay connected: During the internship or co-op experience, students are connected to campus via their course instructor.

  • Provide feedback to Purdue about workplace satisfaction, salaries, benefits, etc. 

  • Help Purdue become the #1 university in the U.S. for co-op and internship programs, increasing the value of the Purdue degree.

In addition to registering internship experiences, students may later become eligible to enroll in the co-op program and earn a co-op certificate which will show on the transcript. 

Fall 2024 Registration

Read the Fall 2024 Registration newsletter that covers specific instructions for required meetings and steps for registration for all EEE undergraduate students not graduating in May or August. There is a new process for when students will receive access to their primary advisor's BoilerConnect Registration Advising Appointment calendar. The EEE Faculty Mentor meeting must be completed first. Please carefully read this newsletter and pay attention to highlighted sections.

Job Corner with Ms. Whelton, PE

If you are looking for summer job opportunities there is still time.  I will continue to send emails about opportunities.

The CCO is a great place to find both full time and internship related opportunities.  I don’t post their opportunities.  If you don’t have a CCO account or haven’t looked at it this semester, please go to here.  The jobs tab of Linked In is another great way to look for jobs or even using general job search engines.  Don’t forget that research counts as related experience! 

There are two more career fairs to look for job opportunities.  The Ag Career fair is February 28th from 10 am -2:30pm in the CoRec.  It is not on career fair plus app. Since it is through the college of agriculture you will need to look at the majors that are environmentally related.  You should be able to see the majors and specific positions here.  Directions on filtering jobs through the CCO system are given here.  The companies attending, website, and description of each business is found here.  Remember any company that makes something needs an environmental engineer for environmental regulations, not to mention sustainability goals. 

The final career fair of the semester is the Just in Time career fair on April 17th.  In addition,  informational sessions are still occurring which can be a great way to connect with employers.   Keep checking to see if more are added to the CCO calendar.

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has a four day virtual event from February 26-29th at 4-7pm ET where you can speak with current staff and recruiters about job opportunities. You will need to register at the link to access this event. They are doing some interesting work in energy (fossil, nuclear and renewable) including remediation.

The CCO is also hosting a virtual negotiation event.  Might be good to attend this on March 26th at 5pm if it fits your schedule.  You will need to register to attend.  I’m also here to help you with your personal negotiation, job offer, career path and resume.  Just email me to make an appointment. 

The CCO is also hosting several workshops specifically for international students.  In particular there is a workshop on sponsorship and works visas on March 19th at 5pm.  It is virtual and you must register prior to March 17th to be able to attend. 

Need a professional outfit for an interview or the EEE’ Recognition Night on April 25th?  The CCO has a career closet where you can get a professional outfit for free! Also see the JC Penney info below.

JCPenney Suit Up Event

The collaboration between Purdue CCO and JCPenney continues to offer an extra 30% off coupon towards your online or in-store purchase. This coupon is available for students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family members. To receive your 30% off coupon, text BOILERS to 67292 to receive an individual, one-time use coupon. Coupon valid January 20th - May 4th, 2024. See the attached flyer for more details.

Summer Scholarship Opportunities 

Advisor-Initiated Scholarship

  • Advisors can nominate up to three students who would benefit from online or on-campus summer courses for consideration for a scholarship up to $500. Let Tammi Thayer (thayert@purdue.edu) know if you would like to be nominated.

Summer Stay 

  • Selected students can earn up to $2,500 in exchange for completing a 140-hour research or internship experience alongside 9+ credit hours. Research and internship credits count. This opportunity is very competitive. For this scholarship, March 1st is the priority deadline and the final deadline is Friday, May 3rd.

Summer Internship Plus 

  • Selected students earn up to $1,000 for completing an off-campus internship alongside 6+ credit hours of online or on-campus coursework. Internship credits count. For this scholarship, March 1st is the priority deadline and the final deadline is Friday, May 3rd. 

Summer Double Major, Summer Minors, Undergraduate Certificate, and Co-op Scholarships

  • Selected students can earn up to $1,000 for completing 6+ credit hours of online or on-campus coursework. For this scholarship, March 1st is the priority deadline and the final deadline is Friday, May 3rd.

Summer Financial Aid

  • All students interested in receiving summer financial aid need to complete the Summer Aid Application. The Summer Aid Application will be available on your myPurdue account under the Financial Tab beginning in March. Initial summer financial aid notifications will begin approximately the first week of April.  If an application is submitted after this time, it will take 1-2 weeks to receive a Financial Aid award notification from that submission date.  All updates are available and viewable on myPurdue. More information is available on the Summer Aid website.

Summer Housing

  • Summer housing contracts are open.  Undergraduate students who are registered for at least one course can find more information on the Summer Housing. Students completing non-credit internship or research experiences should visit the Summer Intern Housing website.

Experiential Education Scholarship

The Office of Experiential Education has financial support available for students participating in experiential education opportunities. Funds can be used for educational expenses incurred while participating in experiential education. Common examples of experiential education include internships/co-ops, clinical placements and other field-based experiences, service-learning, projects with community/industry partners, study away/abroad, and undergraduate research. Full details at https://exed.purdue.edu/funding/student.php  All funds will be applied through the Financial Aid system. 

To qualify, applications must be submitted appropriate due date as listed below:

  • For summer funds, applications are due by February 22

  • For fall funds, applications are due by May 15

  • For winter and/or spring funds, applications are due by November 1

Dean's Leadership Scholarship

The Dean’s Leadership Scholars serve as a high-level student sounding board for the Dean of Engineering and offer feedback on strategy and new initiatives advancing Purdue Engineering’s mission of being the largest, best-prepared, and most diverse engineering talent pool in the nation; the top engineering college for research impact; and a strong engine for advancing the state and the nation. Applications are being accepted February 19 through March 11, 2023 for 10 outstanding College of Engineering undergraduate students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and have completed at least one semester of the First-Year Engineering Program. 

For more information, see the Dean's Leadership Scholars website: https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Academics/Deans-Leadership-Scholars 

For questions, contact Korina Wilbert, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Dean of Engineering, kwilbert@purdue.edu

EEE Instagram video contest

EEE is hosting its first ever Instagram Video Contest! All students who enter will receive the secret Purdue EEE bamboo lunch box (No students have one...) Contest runs until March 1st, 2024, enter by tagging us on your own Instagram video answering, "Why EEE?" More details here or on the attached flyer.

EEE Combined Degree Program

Environmental and Ecological Engineering, in collaboration with other Purdue departments, schools, and programs offers a combined degree program in which a Purdue student can receive a BS degree, and with one additional year of study, a non-thesis Master of Science in Environmental and Ecological Engineering (MSEEE) degree. This is accomplished by dual-counting 12 appropriate course credits at the 500 level on the BS and MSEEE Plans-of-Study.

Students with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better are encouraged to consider applying to the EEE Combined Degree program. Apply during your junior year, generally the 6th semester (or with 2 additional semesters yet to complete the BS degree).  Talk to your EEE Faculty Mentor, your EEE advisor, Prof. Fu Zhao or email eeegrad@purdue.edu with specific questions.  See the following link for details: https://engineering.purdue.edu/EEE/Academics/CurrentStudents/Graduate/CombinedDegreeProgram.

Fall 2024 PhD Student Position

Dr. Lauren Kennedy, a EEE UG alum, is recruiting Civil and Environmental Engineering candidates for fully-funded PhD student positions at The University of Texas at El Paso. The Kennedy Water Lab aims to characterize microbial community dynamics, occurrence, and persistence in the engineered water cycle, and apply these data to protect public health and wellbeing as well as the environment. Ideal candidates are interested in microorganisms in the engineered water cycle, and particularly potable reuse. See the attached flyer to learn more about the Kennedy Water Lab and how to apply.

Majors, Minors and More Fair

On Tuesday, February 27th from 3PM-6PM in the PMU North ballroom, Exploratory Studies will be hosting an event for all undergraduate students. The purpose of the event is to offer current students an opportunity to explore all the academic possibilities at Purdue. Units represented are colleges, departments, Study Abroad, The Data Mine, Entrepreneurship, Honors, Libraries, Office of Summer & Winter Sessions, Office of Professional Practice, the Academic Success Center, and more. See the attached flyer for more information.

National Peace Corps Week Panel

Learn about Peace Corps experiences from a panel of Purdue faculty and staff on February 27, 2024. Visit the Purdue Peace Corps Prep webpage for more information on the event.

Purdue Mental Health Action Week 2024

Calling all organizations to participate in Purdue's Mental Health Action Week! MHAW us a week of events every Spring dedicated to understanding, nurturing, and celebrating our mental health. This year, MHAW will be the week if Monday, February 26th through Friday, March 1st. Find more information about MHAW here

If your organization would like to host an event, click here to fill out a form with the information about your event so we can advertise it for you! Please reach out to mhawpurdue@gmail.com with any questions, and follow @mhawpurdue for updates!

National Academy of Inventors Student Showcase

The National Academy of Inventors has a new opportunity for K-12 and Collegiate student to participate in a Student Showcase at the NAI Annual Conference and compete for the Genspiration Prize.

Please find the link here to learn more about the Student Showcase opportunity and apply. The deadline for applications is March 19th.

The Genspiration Collegiate Inventors Prize is awarded to exceptional inventors currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree, Master’s degree, or PhD. Recipients of the Genspiration Collegiate Inventors Prize will receive a cash prize of $2,500 towards the development of their innovation. All Student Showcase participants will receive financial assistance for travel accommodations. The Student Showcase will be held June 17th, 2024, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

DeBoer Lab Research Opportunity

DeBoer Lab is an engineering education lab which focuses on creating educational resources for displaced communities around the world. Their values in the design of our content are rooted in understanding how we can promote equity and success for diverse engineering students through the use of highly contextualized and localized curricula. 

Given the interdisciplinary approaches that DeBoer uses in the lab, they are trying to recruit undergraduate researchers from different engineering majors, especially in EEE. To teach the kids engineering content to solve the problems in their community, they created an EngStarter Kit, that has microcontrollers and sensors to aid in problem definition and evaluation. These kits are used in projects that relate strongly to the environment; such as creating lessons on sensors for youth in an LGBTQ home in Indianapolis to aid in growth of agriculture. 

DeBoer is looking for undergraduate researchers to work in curriculum design and the development of educational materials. Please indicate your interest through the QR code given in the attached flyer and we will get back to you shortly!

Undergraduate Research Opportunity-SPIRaL

Student Partners for Information Literacy (SPIRaL) is a year-long research program where students work as a research team to conduct original, qualitative research on information challenges, such as mis/disinformation, and produce a scholarly output they would present in the second semester of the program. Students will be mentored by faculty within the Libraries and School of Information Studies, and students receive academic credit for both semesters of the undergraduate research program, as well as a scholarship. 

Applications for the program are open January 30th-March 22nd.  For a full description of the position and how to apply, visit the SPIRaL webpage

LEED Training Opportunity

EEE students should understand that LEED is one professional certification. Earning a PE license in engineering requires considerably more education, knowledge and experience, and all EEE graduates are qualified to eventually earn a PE license, which is significantly more valuable. On occasion, an EEE student will ask about LEED. LEED is more within the domain of the Arch Engr group within Civil. The LEED Green Associate (GA) credential is the only entry level sustainability designation and shows employers and clients that you have certified knowledge in the green building industry. Most people can take a short course and pass the LEED certification test. As a courtesy, the following info is being provided. It is not required or necessarily endorsed.

LEED is simply a sustainability scorecard for green buildings. Buildings can become LEED Certified; people can become LEED accredited! LEED Green Associate (GA) Training - Webinar and Online self-paced options:

  1. February 10 2024 - 1:00PM-5:30PM EDT
  2. March 16 2024 - 1:00PM-5:30PM EDT
  3. April 13 2024 - 1:00PM-5:30PM EDT
  4. May 11 2024 - 1:00PM-5:30PM EDT
  5. On-demand recordings at your own pace

The above options (1-5) are identical.

Resister for a live webinar or start with our on-demand recorded workshop completed anytime at your own pace here: https://leadinggreen.com/online-leed-green-associate/ 

This course is instructed by a USGBC Faculty member and is the most effective way to pass. The USGBC charges a $100 (reduced for students) fee for the actual exam which can now be taken online from home.

Course cost: $300- students can use the coupon code 'green' for $100 dollars off (Discounted course price $200)

Please contact the instructor Lorne directly with any questions at info@leadinggreen.com


InnovateHer 2024

Interested in solving women's issues? Want to learn how to code?

InnovateHer, a 36-hour hackathon celebrating marginalized gender and racial identities in technology is taking place on March 2nd and 3rd at Stewart Center! It is open to everyone – yes, men as well – in all stages of their coding journey. Organized by the Purdue Student Government in collaboration with 7 Purdue student organizations devoted to advancing women in STEM — Girls Who Code College Loops, Society of Woman Engineers (SWE), Women in Technology (WiT), Phi Sigma Rho, Computer Science Women’s Network (CSWN), Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS), and Purdue Women in Science Program (WISP), InnovateHer’s mission is to educate all on the beauty and importance of diversity and inclusion in STEM.

If you have no coding experience, don’t worry! We will be organizing a series of technical workshops to familiarize you with all you will need to know to successfully complete your InnovateHer projects. But it’s not all just code, code, code - we will also conduct workshops discussing the issue of diversity and inclusion in technology, providing a look into the struggles women and other marginalized communities face in male-dominated spaces like STEM, making InnovateHer a holistic experience benefiting any and all participating.

InnovateHer is sponsored by Wolfram Language and Wabash amongst others, and will also host officials from Meta, Oculus, Wal-Mart, and Microsoft in a series of panels and talks, which will be an immersive learning experience for all! Be prepared for more than just learning, though, fun is definitely included, with stargazing and s’mores breaks

Go to https://innovate-her.com/ to learn more and register!

SKY Happiness Retreat - Spring 2024

SKY Meditation at Purdue is hosting the SKY Happiness Retreat during three different weekends this semester. The SKY Happiness Retreat is a mental health resource that many students, staff and faculty can benefit from and is being offered as a fully funded program for Purdue students. The retreat will be offered on the follow dates and times:

  • February 16th-18th

  • February 23rd-25th, or

  • March 1st-3rd

Friday: 5:30pm -9:00pm ET

Saturday & Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm ET

See the attached flyer for more details.

Student Success Resources

Campus Resources

College of Engineering Resources

Engineering Academic Support - Resource Webpage

Did you know the College of Engineering has a webpage dedicated to listing academic resources for classes, such as Supplemental Instruction, resource rooms, and how to find a free tutor for some key engineering classes? Free tutoring is available for some CE and ME courses. Tutoring sessions are scheduled through BoilerConnect, choose Polytech Engineering Tutoring appointment type to schedule. Visit https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/InfoFor/CurrentStudents/index_html to see what else is available to you to help.

Peer Tutoring for CE Core Classes

Free peer tutoring is available for anyone enrolled in core civil engineering courses, including CE 21101, CE 27000, CE 297000, CE 29800 and CE 34000. To learn more and make an appointment, see the attached flyer

Academic Success Center (ASC) 

The ASC offers a collection of services and programs designed to help students be successful in the classroom. Be proactive and review available resources now. Don’t wait till things get difficult to manage.  ASC provides:  Academic Consultations, Peer Coaching, Supplemental Instruction (SI), Workshops, and much more. Current spring semester resources include:

  • 13 Accountability Groups offered this spring semester. Students can view the scheduled times and join a group through our website. These are small groups of 6-8 students that meet for 1.5 hours each week. Students set an intention for the time, work individually, then share out. 

  • Students can Request a Peer Success Coach (PSC) for the Spring 2024 semester. A PSC services as a point-person who can offer guidance to students as they navigate life at Purdue. 

  • There are 9 scheduled workshops for the spring semester. You can view the complete calendar here. Topics include

    • Plan Your Successful Semester

    • P.A.S.S Your Exams

    • Practice Your Pomo

    • Improve Your Reading & Notetaking

    • & More!

See all of ASC’s offerings at https://www.purdue.edu/asc/

QUESTIONS? For more specific information about each service, be sure to check out their homepages, or Email academicsuccess@purdue.edu, call 765-494-4700, or visit Wiley C215.

EEE Main Office in POTR 364: Hours of Operation

The EEE main office is located in POTR 364. Office hours are currently: M-F 8am-4pm. Unscheduled “drop-ins” are discouraged. Instead, make an appointment with your EEE advisor via BoilerConnect. For other staff or faculty, reach out direct via email to arrange an appointment.

POTR Building: Hours of Operation

POTR building hours of operation are 6am – 11pm, 7 days a week.

If doors are locked during these posted times, contact the Purdue Police non-emergency number at 49-48221.

EEE Computer Lab in POTR 360

The EEE Computer Lab is available for all EEE students and is located in POTR 360; next door to the main EEE office. See attached agreement for student conduct and use protocols.  

**Key Pad Entry Code – 643756 which corresponds to NiesLo for Prof. Loring (Larry) Nies. Prof. Nies instructs EEE 355 in fall semester, is EEE 480 course coordinator, as well as wears many other hats for EEE!

EEE maintains this computer center for academic & social activities. Its use is a privilege reserved for EEE students and those enrolled in EEE courses to work, study, and access dedicated EEE computers. There are 12 desktop computers with internet access and a printer/scanner. The room contains additional tables, chairs, and whiteboards.

Hand sanitizer has been placed by each computer station.

In general, be respectful to others and the property.  Always log off of computers before leaving the room.  Do not lock a computer for later use.  Do not move or alter any of the computer systems.

If you wish to place items on the wall, ask in the EEE Office for appropriate tacky putty.  (No tape or staples.)

Use discretion when determining if to print and how many copies to print.

Please report any room or equipment issues to EEE@purdue.edu.

How to Schedule an Appointment with EEE Advisors

EEE and other Engineering students can access the Environmental and Ecological Engineering appointment calendar via BoilerConnect. EEE currently has In Person and Virtual appointments, depending on the time and day.

There are training resources available to students in BoilerConnect on the login page. Click ‘For Students.’  Advisors and service offices across campus use BoilerConnect for making appointments, so these instructions are generalized. 

Student Self-Help Guides:

EEE Student News Submission

Did you win an award/scholarship, land some funding, go to a conference, or do something else amazing? EEE wants to know about it! Fill out this form.

Purdue Calendars

2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Various drop/add calendar with deadlines, and future years of academic calendars can be found at https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/calendars/index.html.

Registration Troubleshooting

Having trouble registering, adding, or dropping? Need an override for a class? There are many resources on the EEE Registration Tools page, such as instruction links for Scheduling Assistant:

The Registrar page also has links for most common registration issues at  https://www.purdue.edu/registrar/currentStudents/index.html

Did you miss a previous newsletter? Click here.