Advisor Tips, Callouts

National Science Foundation Fellowship Webinars for soon to be Seniors

I manage the Fellowship Office in the Graduate School and I am hosting webinars on the NSF Fellowship this month, which is an opportunity that is open to this coming year’s seniors who have US citizenship. Please share the following information on NSF Fellowship Webinars and the attached flyer (PDF download below) with the students in your department who will be seniors in the 2020-2021 academic year. 

NSF Fellowship – Getting started 
Wednesday, May 13, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, registration:
In this workshop, undergraduates and 1st & 2nd-yr grad students will begin planning their NSF GRF applications through learning writing strategies and requirements for competitive applications. Recommended timelines & methods for requesting letters of recommendation will also be explained.Note: US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status is required to apply for the NSF Fellowship.

NSF Fellowship – Personal Statement
Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, registration:
The second workshop in the NSF Fellowship preparationseries emphasizes how to write a competitive personal statement. Topics covered will include how to write in a persuasive tone & how to discern which experiences to include.Note: US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status is required to apply for the NSF Fellowship.

NSF Fellowship – Research Statement 
Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, registration:
The final of the three NSF Fellowship workshops for graduate students and undergrads will center on preparing students for the composition of their research statements. Attendees will learn how to refine their research plan into a specific goal with accompanying Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit. Formatting, supporting details, journal references, and theme connections in their personal statements will be addressed.

Note: US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status is required to apply for the NSF Fellowship.

**Those who attend all three NSF workshops (Overview, Personal Statement, and Research Statement) are eligible for a writing consultation on their personal statement or research statement**

Students are welcome and encouraged to reach out to me with questions. 
Kindest regards,

Lisa R. Nielsen, PhD
Grant Writer and Postdoc Director 
The Graduate School 
Purdue University 

Advisor Tips, Classes

Foreign (SLC) Language Placement Test Update

We have some updates on SLC Language Placement Testing:

  • Today we are pleased to roll out a fully-online SLC Language Placement Test. Please visit our placement testing page for details:
  • Please send your students needing to take the placement test to this webpage. They will be able to download a manual with step-by-step instructions.
  • Our current plan is to have this test up and running continuously.
  • It may take a few business days before we can review the student’s test session footage and validate their placement results. Once validated, their score will be uploaded to Banner and SharePoint, as before.
  • The official name of the test has been changed from “Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT)” to “SLC Language Placement Test (SLCLPT)”.
  • We now have a new email address for placement test related inquiries:
Advisor Tips

Order of the Engineer Ceremony – Apply by 5/8!

ME Graduating Seniors:

The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) is holding their 98th Order of the Engineer ceremony. Due to recent circumstances, the event will be online and is scheduled to take place May 12, 6-7pm via Webex (see the attached link below for more details and registration forms).  The Order of the Engineer is a one-time ceremony offered to graduating seniors to enable new engineers to publicly pledge a commitment to high ethical standards and integrity in the practice of the engineering profession.  As such it is a ceremony honoring students’ transition to into their professional career.  A stainless steel ring, worn on the fifth finger of the working hand, serves as a symbol of this commitment to serving with integrity in their profession.  The keynote speaker for this semester is Professor Partha Mukherjee, one of our own faculty in the School of Mechanical Engineering.  The deadline to register for this event is Friday, May 8th.

Over 30 years ago, I attended an Order of the Engineer Ceremony and to this day I have the signed pledge hanging on my office wall as a reminder of my obligation and responsibility as an engineer.  I encourage you to participate in this meaningful ceremony.  I have provided the official pledge statement below for your convenience.

The Obligation*

I am an Engineer. In my profession I take deep pride. To it, I owe solemn obligations.

Since the Stone Age, human progress has been spurred by the engineering genius. Engineers have made usable nature’s vast resources of material and energy for Humanity’s [Mankind’s] benefit. Engineers have vitalized and turned to practical use the principles of science and the means of technology. Were it not for this heritage of accumulated experience, my efforts would be feeble.

As an Engineer, I pledge to practice integrity and fair dealing, tolerance and respect, and to uphold devotion to the standards and the dignity of my profession, conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.

As an Engineer, [in humility and with the need for Divine guidance,] I shall participate in none but honest enterprises. When needed, my skill and knowledge shall be given without reservation for the public good. In the performance of duty and in fidelity to my profession, I shall give the utmost.

*Note: Brackets indicate the original wording of the Obligation. Either wording is acceptable, but new certificates have the newer wording.


If you are interested in participating in this meaningful ceremony, you will need to fill out the form at the link provided above.

Prof. Jones

Advisor Tips, Full-Time Jobs, Internship/Co-Op, Jobs

CCO Open & Virtual Just In Time Job Fair

CCO IS OPEN for virtual assistance in support of all of our students career needs.

As an update on how students can best connect with the CCO –

  • For those students still looking for internshipsfull-time positions, or if their internship plans have changed, the CCO will be hosting its inaugural Just-in-Time Virtual Job Fair on Wednesday, April 22. Students that register at the Just-in-Time Virtual Job Fair site will be able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect to dozens of companies through on-line chat rooms.  
  • For a virtual one-on-one career planning or job/internship search appointment, schedule through BoilerConnect.
  • For resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn reviews, e-mail
  • For quick questions on a first come first serve basis, call 765-494-3981 to be connected to a career consultant for a same-day consultation.
  • For access to our on-demand resources to assist students 24/7, I’ve attached a flyer which can be put on a website, sent out with your newsletter, or embedded in Blackboard.