K-12 Chemistry Outreach

Chemistry Department Visits - High school chemistry classes visit different research labs and support groups in the chemistry department. The goal of the visits is to show students what chemistry research is all about. The Thompson group hosts numerous high school classes and provides first-hand knowledge about our research and our efforts to advance society. One day visits are available by appointment.

Poder Leadership Program

High School Visits – The Thompson group visit many high schools in Tippecanoe County. We strive to help these students broaden their minds on different types of careers out there. Helping them with college readiness information, fun activities, and a tour of campus. Most of them are Latino students.

Purdue’s GERI: Gifted Education Resource Institute

The center has hosted gifted, creative, and talented students during July since 1977. The Summer Residential Programs (SRES) provide these students with challenging, innovative, and interactive courses in which they are exposed to various disciplines and areas of research at Purdue. Last summer 390 students were enrolled from 26 states, 5 Native American communities, and 7 countries in 27 STEM and 16 humanities courses. Students stay in the residence halls from one to four weeks depending on the program(s) they choose. This past summer, Corey taught a course on magnetism and magnetic applications. 

ACS Project Seed

As part of the national American Chemical Society (ACS) Project SEED Program, the Purdue Project SEED program aims to offer university-level research experience to economically disadvantaged high school students interested in science and engineering. In this program, the student is teamed with a faculty mentor and a graduate researcher in order to make a true scientific impact during his/her internship. This past summer, the Thompson group hosted Mr. Yuto Nishida. Over the summer, Yuto synthesized some new magnetic oxides and presented his results in group meetings.