This academic year, the College of Science celebrated the 25th anniversary
of Science Outreach. The program works closely with Indiana science teachers
and brings elementary, middle and high school students to campus for various
events, camps and field trips.
The quarter of a century has been filled with success as the amount of
teachers involved with Science Express — one of Science Outreach’s key
programs — has exploded in recent years. This means the amount of students
affected by Science Outreach’s assistance has increased dramatically as well.
In this issue of Insights, we look at the history and what the Science
Outreach team does to create awareness and ensure quality in Indiana
school science labs and classrooms. From equipment to lesson plans,
Another program that has seen recent, dramatic growth is the influx of
Colombian students into the college via the Colombia-Purdue Institute. A
program that began in 2014 sees undergraduate students from Colombia visiting
Purdue University for three to six months. The College of Science more than
doubled the amount of undergraduate students from Universidad Nacional de
Colombia, who will work in our labs conducting high-level research this
summer and fall. The graduate student part of the program brings in students
for a year. Currently, the college has four graduate students from Universidad
Nacional and Universidad de los Andes.
As always, our students find interesting ways to shine. Meet Carly
Marshall and Anji Li, two freshly graduated seniors who competed for four
years on the Purdue women’s swimming team. They were roommates and
both swam relay. Of course, they both dove into their studies and helped
earn their team the 2014 President’s Cup, which is awarded to the Purdue
team with the highest combined grade-point average.
Our faculty members continue to make amazing discoveries in their
field. A group in the Department of Computer Science is looking to improve
3-D printing algorithms while David Minton, professor of earth, atmospheric,
and planetary sciences, teamed up with Distinguished Professor Jay Melosh
on asteroid research that suggests the space rocks are formed from planetary
Yes, the College of Science’s reach goes to outer space, Indiana elementary
classrooms and everywhere in between.
Thank you and please have a pleasant summer.
JEFFREY T. ROBERTS
Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science