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Posted September 22, 2023

On behalf of the 2022-2023 Ecological Sciences and Engineering Student Cohort, I am reaching out to invite students, staff, faculty, and colleagues to attend our upcoming Fall Symposium, Feeding the Future: Food for All. The symposium takes place on Wednesday, October 11th and Thursday, October 12th. This symposium is completely FREE to attend!

Registration for ALL events is now open, some of which have limited spots. If you are interested in attending any of these events, please RSVP. 

If you are interested in presenting your research at our poster session on October 12th, please submit your abstract by Sunday, October 1st online. 


The schedule of events include:

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

  • networking lunch with several of our speakers at the John Purdue Room from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. Lunch will be provided!
  • panel discussion with five speakers, coming to discuss topics such as food deserts, urban agriculture, food policy, and more! This will be held in KRAN 140 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM.
  • Our keynote address, which will take place in KRAN 140 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM; join us to hear from Euler Broleph, founder and managing director of VestedWorld.


Thursday, October 12, 2023

  • The poster session, where the top two graduate presenters and top two undergraduate presenters will be awarded prizes. This event will take place in DLR 131 from 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM.
  • workshop hosted by Growing Places Indy in DLR 131 from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM.


Saturday, October 14, 2023

  • Volunteer with Purdue Student Farm! Time for this event is TBD. Lunch will be provided! 


Please add these sessions to your calendar; we look forward to seeing you at these exciting and educational events! Any questions can be directed to the symposium chairs, Ariana Lazo,, and Isabelle Staph,




2022 - 2023 ESE Cohort

Amy Ledman


Lead Graduate Program Specialist - Ecological Sciences and Engineering
Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs - The Graduate School

Ernest C. Young Hall, Rm B40
155 S. Grant St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907

o: 765-494-5865   f: 765-496-6271


Posted September 15, 2023

Up to $50,000 is available to Purdue University researchers at all campuses to develop their innovations for the marketplace. The Trask Innovation Fund supports short-term projects that enhance the commercial value of Purdue intellectual property. Inventors have until Sept. 22 to apply.

Those interested can learn more at the following link:,000-to-enhance-purdue-intellectual-property.html


Brittany Ledman, MBA (She/Her)

Senior Communication Manager

The Graduate School



Posted September 15, 2023

My name is Sarah Greenland-White, I’m the chair of a search committee for a chemistry faculty member at William Woods University, a private liberal arts school located in Fulton, Missouri.

I am writing to express William Woods University's interest in recruiting a chemistry faculty member (assistant/associate professor), for a tenure track, teaching-focused position starting August 2024, with a possible start date of January 2024. We would prefer candidates with a PhD in chemistry (or related field), but a master's degree is acceptable if the candidate has a strong record of teaching excellence.

The position is for teaching organic chemistry and general chemistry to undergraduate students. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about teaching and who is committed to providing students with a high-quality education.

If this is something your soon-to-be graduates may be interested in, would you please forward this link   to your chemistry graduate students?


Thank you for your time and consideration.


Sarah Greenland-White

Assistant Professor of Biology


Posted September 12, 2023

The Great Lakes NSF I-Corps Hub and Purdue I-Corps are offering various workshops in Fall 2023 that can help explore the commercial potential of your research. Learn from our NSF-certified instructors, experienced entrepreneurs, and mentors and gain new insights about your research, increase your industry and professional network, learn about NSF funding opportunities, and expand your career opportunities. 


STEM Jumpstart: Sept 29 - Nov 17  

Medical Jumpstart: Sept 29 - Nov 17 

Purdue I-Corps: Discovery: October 6 - Nov 10

If you or your team of researchers are interested in learning more, please reach out to Geetali at 



Geetali Pradhan, Ph.D., MBA

Tech Commercialization Specialist, Daniels School of Business

Innovation and Outreach Specialist, NSF I-Corps Hub, Great Lakes Region

Purdue University


Google Scholar

Great Lakes I-Corps Hub Website


Posted September 8, 2023

The Graduate School’s annual Fall Blitz event will take place on Tuesday, October 10th (during fall break) from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. This year’s event will feature Dr. Jennifer Polk, founder of “From PhD to Life.“ Dr. Polk offers career coaching specifically geared toward the needs of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. This event is free and will be held virtually through the Zoom platform. Please see the list of sessions and the accompanying descriptions below.


How to Chart Your Career Next Steps Even If You Have No Idea What You Want to (or Can) Do

  • Challenge prevalent misconceptions about diverse job markets and career paths.
  • Recognize and articulate the broad applicability of research, teaching, and academic experiences in various career contexts.
  • Navigate the evolution from a primary academic identity to a multifaceted professional one.
  • Craft a "focus statement" that integrates academic accomplishments and broader career aspirations.

How to Build Authentic Connections Online Without Having to Pretend You're Someone You're Not

  • Identify strategies to effectively present academic credentials and experiences on LinkedIn for expansive career exploration.
  • Develop a LinkedIn "About" section that weaves academic achievements and interests into a compelling professional narrative.
  • Identify best practices for conducting informational interviews to gain insights into various roles.
  • Update and refine your LinkedIn profile and activity to align with evolving career insights, goals, and priorities.

How to Turn Your Academic Accomplishments into Compelling Resumes for Awesome Jobs

  • Decode job advertisements to discern alignment with academic experiences and skills.
  • Transform academic achievements into impactful resume points applicable across various roles.
  • Utilize the STAR method to contextualize both academic and other experiences compellingly.
  • Adapt resumes to reflect the depth and versatility of academic training, catering to diverse job roles and expectations.

How to Win at Job Interviews Even If You Hate Talking About Yourself

  • Explain the value of employing the SOART and STARLnG methods to respond to behavioral interview questions.
  • Practice (in writing) crafting concise and impactful interview responses using the suggested storytelling methods.
  • Develop answers to the most common non-behavioral interview questions to start strong and leaving a lasting positive impression.


Those interested in attending must register at the following link:


Please Note: Participants must have a GoSignMeUp account to register for this free event. See the Step-by-step instructions for creating an account.


Thank you,

Allison Loy (s/h)


Professional Development Events Coordinator

Office of Graduate Professional Development

The Graduate School

Ernest Young Hall, Room 160 | 155 S. Grant St. | West Lafayette, IN 47907

o: 765-496-6149


Posted August 15, 2023

The Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development has 100+ new workshops scheduled for the Fall 2023 semester! Just a reminder – these workshops are free to attend for all graduate students and postdocs, and many are online.

The calendar is linked, so if you see something you are interested in, you just need to click the date next to the workshop to access the registration page. You can also find a complete list of our currently scheduled workshops at:

Please note: You must have a GoSignMeUp account to register for these free workshops. Step-by-step instructions for creating an account are attached. If you have any questions, please email Also, don’t forget that the graduate student who attends the most workshops this semester will receive a $250 travel grant!