February 9, 2024

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 transcripting 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 Regration 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.


EEE Student Experience Survey - Deadline 2/22

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: Thursday, Feb 22, 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 


Job Corner with Ms. Whelton, PE

Career fairs for the spring are still occurring.  There is one more career fair this month that I recommend and another that may have some EEE opportunities.

FNR Career Fair

The FNR career fair is February 12th in the PMU from 9:30am to 3:30pm.  It just says PMU for the location so I am assuming it is in the ballrooms.  There are multiple companies that have Environmental and/or Ecological Engineering listed as a major they are interested in.  There are both full time and internship opportunities so if you’re looking for a job you should attend.  More information on the companies and positions is found here.  This fair is not on career fair plus, so you’ll need the link to see the companies attending prior to the fair. 

This is the first time this fair lists EEE specifically.  Companies not on our list after looking at it quickly that I would approach include IDEM and some of the DNR listings.  There are multiple DNR listing-some of which aren’t applicable but there are several that don’t list EEE that I think might be of interest.

As always, if a company seems interesting to you, approach them and see if there might be an opportunity for you.  I highly recommend this fair as it is small and focused on environmental/FNR opportunities.  EEE students have done well in the past at this fair.

Ag Career Fair

Another fair at the end of the month you may attend is the College of Agriculture Spring Career Fair.  If you have limited time, I always recommend EXPO and FNR in the spring semester and suggest skipping the Ag Fair.  The Ag Fair will be on February 28th from 10am to 2:30pm. This fair is also not on the career fair plus app.  All the companies that attend will be ag focused.  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. 

As of now, the Ag Fair will be the last (EEE related) career fair until the “Just in Time” career fair at the end of the semester.   You never know which or how many companies will come to “Just in Time” as it is those still looking for employees.


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 Travel Assistance Request Opportunity

Looking for a funding opportunity to assist with costs associated with your Study Abroad, Global Experience, Service-Learning Project, Conference, etc.?

Students seeking monetary assistance for travel costs associated with studying abroad, presenting research or other educational activities should use the attached form to validate their need for such support. Applicants should have an initial discussion concerning the intended program with Tammi Thayer.

Applications are due March 15th to Dr. Nina Robinson, EEE Administrative Director. Email to nlrobins@purdue.edu

Application form attached.


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.


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


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


Fulbright Week

Fulbright US Student Program is the US's premier program for international research, teaching, and cultural exchange. This program is a grant, not a scholarship; and no glorified study abroad experience. It's living for a year in one of over 140 countries to conduct research in your field, earn an advanced degree, or teach English. To learn more about the Fulbright program, what opportunities might be available to you, and how to apply, see the full list of events taking place at Purdue on February 19th-23rd on the attached flyer or the Fulbright Week webpage.


Important Information for Student Scholarships

Are you looking for a scholarship or you currently receive a scholarship from the College of Engineering? Then you’ll want to know that the U.S. Department of Education has revamped the FAFSA form making it less complicated to complete. The new FAFSA is available online now at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Submitting the form online is the quickest way to get your information to Purdue.

Many of the scholarships offered by the College of Engineering are considered “need based” which means that you must report your family income or your personal income if emancipated through the FAFSA form and make sure it’s on file at Purdue to be considered. Even if you don’t think that you or your family meet the threshold for need based assistance, it is good practice to complete a FAFSA if you’re seeking a scholarship.

The College of Engineering considers all students who are enrolled in the College for scholarships without the need for an application. Individual schools may also have scholarships to offer to specific majors. You will need to check your school’s website for more information or ask your Academic Advisor if there are scholarships available! If you have questions about scholarships, please email engrscholarships@purdue.edu.


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


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.


Midwest Student Design Competition (MSDC) 

The Midwest Student Design Competition is intended to promote “real world and hands on” design experience for students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in water/wastewater engineering and sciences field. This year, the Midwest Student Design Competition will be held on Monday, April 8, 2024 as an IN-PERSON EVENT. This is a unique opportunity for students at the college level to demonstrate their engineering skills and practices by researching and preparing a design for a water quality based project and presenting their project to water industry professionals. The MSDC committee is hosting a webinar on Zoom to answer any questions about the competition.  The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday February 6th at 5 pm Central.  The webinar will be recorded and posted to our competition website: https://cswea.org/student-yps/student-design-competition/


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!


Giant Leaps Summit

On February 23rd and 24th the Purdue Air Force ROTC is hosting a Giant Leaps Summit with some pretty big players that will take place at various locations on Purdue's campus. The goal of the summit it to unite Purdue University, the Department of Defense, and the space industry to discuss the future of our national defense in the ever-changing space domain. See some of the speakers who will be featured at the event in the attached flyer

Pre-Register for the event here: https://purdue.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5hCGUWCyUUxrNum

Event Website: https://sites.google.com/view/gls2024?usp=sharing

There are a very limited number of spots due to the high demand of this event so do not delay submitting your pre-registration. Those who make the cut will receive the location, schedule, and further registration information at a later date.


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.


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.


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.


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


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