Run For PSG Office

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Call out dates. Will be covering more of what you need to know to run!

About the Purdue Student Government (PSG):

Purdue Student Government is a student-run and operated organization that serves the student body by advocating student concerns to students, faculty, community members, administration and alumni. In other words, PSG is the voice of the student body. PSG provides an opportunity for experience in leadership roles and civic responsibility. Purdue Student Government also acts as a social network for its members, providing them with an active community of hard-working fellow leaders who are all working for a greater cause.

Why run for PSG Senate?

The PSG Senate offers an opportunity for you to serve the college that you are apart of at Purdue! You and other senators at Purdue will have the chance to voice opinions, draft legislature, and be a part of important conversations regarding Purdue University and the direction that it is headed. Additionally, the senators assist in the oversight of the Purdue student body working alongside the Purdue University staff and faculty. As a Senator, you would have the opportunity to approve SFAB funding, which awards over $1 million to student groups each year, as well as approving Student Court justices, Cabinet positions, and changes to the governing documents such as the Constitution, Bylaws, and Election Rules.

How do I run for the PSG senate?

  1. Student Senators running to represent their respective schools shall be elected from and by the students of their respective schools during the election.
  2. Each member of the Student Body wishing to be placed on the ballot for consideration of office must submit a petition for candidacy with lesser of five percent or one hundred constituents enrolled within their school supports their candidacy.
  3. Petitions must be completed and turned into SAO and the elections director before the deadline. Email the Elections Director at for more information regarding the deadline.

Why run to be the Purdue student body President and Vice President?

The President gets the opportunity to represent the Student Body to the Purdue University Board of Trustees, and reporting to PSG of the actions currently being considered by the Trustees. Furthermore, the Student Body Vice-President shall be the President of the Student Senate, and shall perform the duties of the Student Body President in the event the Student Body President is disabled or is no longer a member of PSG.

How do I run for the PSG President and Vice President?

  1. The Student Body Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates shall run for office as a single, non­splitting ticket.
  2. Must have a petition for candidacy with at least one-twentieth of the Purdue Student Body support filed to the Elections Director by March 8th.
  3. Run a fair race that does not go against the election rules and represents the student body well

Cancer Prevention Internship Program Looking for Applicants

Purdue will never run out of undergraduate research opportunities, which strengthen resumes for graduate school and beyond. Yet none emerge as far from the pack as the Cancer Prevention Internship Program (CPIP). This unique blend of research and internship allows for undergrads to work alongside faculty members in an interdisciplinary department, and the best part is that it’s open to all majors.

The available projects vary greatly and include Dr. Kirchmaier’s “Metabolic Impact on Epigenetic Processes,” Dr. Mattoo’s “Role of Fic-Mediated Post-Translational Modifications in Gastric Cancer,” and Dr. Shields’s “Examining Patient Role in Cancer Pain Management.” Students may also explore archived projects on the Purdue Office of Undergraduate Research webpage, where the application may be found as well.

The student outreach for this research opportunity is not limited to any specific major or particular year in their studies. However, past research experience gets preference on the application. Applicants are encouraged to review and elaborate on where their interest stems from. By using a Likert Scale students may rank their prospective reasons, which may include a preference to work with a specific faculty member, to gain experience for grad school, course credit, and/or resume enhancement, among others. Upon completion, students are required to undergo three individual projects prior to the March 2nd deadline.

Potential scholarship money may offer hesitant students an incentive to apply. Funds offered include a $4,500 summer fellowship and additional $250 for students who continue into the academic year.

Purdue University is our home, yet this opportunity may lead certain savvy and gifted Boilermakers to make themselves stand out among their peers and earn a riveting opportunity in the process.


Graduate Early with Degree in 3

Accelerated. Economical. Uncompromised. That is the motto of Degree in 3, an augmented degree plan recently introduced by Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts.

This three-year plan has been designed for students who are driven and dedicated. Degree in 3 offers an accelerated plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Communication, English, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Languages and Cultures, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Visual and Performing Arts. There are over 20 majors available in all the academic units.

You may ask yourself why you would want to graduate an entire year early, and that answer is simple: It saves you time and money. Degree in 3 allows students to enter the workforce or attend graduate school sooner than they would following traditional plans. In addition, Degree in 3 reduces the cost of attendance and accelerates your earning potential. A huge plus for many students is the fact that a three-year program can potentially save them $9,000 – $19,000.

While Degree in 3’s heavier workload may seem intimidating to some, the degree plan offers super helpful benefits that really make it worth investigating. First, no AP credit is required to graduate, and when it’s time to register for classes, you get to jump to the front of the line with priority registration and register first. On top of that, you get to build your resume with Purdue-sponsored leadership opportunities, and you get to launch your network through internships and meetings with alumni.

Purdue has taken steps to make it simple and enjoyable for you to wrap up a degree in just three years. So if you think Degree in 3 is for you, visit the website and apply!

Response to Exponent "Opinion: Safety police aren't policing safety"

Link to original Exponent article

In a Feb. 22 opinion column titled “Safety police aren’t policing safety,” Exponent writer Alisa Reyna attempts to discuss the important issue of campus safety. While one can appreciate Reyna’s concern, the writer has failed miserably to inform herself or the campus community on this critical topic. Given the context of ongoing debate and fear on the national level due to recent events, Purdue students deserve to not be misinformed about the emergency preparedness of their school. 

In the Feb. 22 column, Reyna states that “no specific actions are listed for any on-campus buildings in the Building Emergency Plans that the office provides.”  In reality, all campus building emergency plans are posted online with a clear link on the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office home page despite the writer’s contention that they are not. The writer also specifically mentions the Wilmeth Active Learning Center and states that it took six months for the Emergency Preparedness Office to establish emergency procedures: That plan was posted on Aug. 25the day the building opened. For those interested in reviewing plans for specific buildings, follow this link, click on “BEP List,” and login with your Purdue career account information.

The writer rhetorically asks what the emergency planning office does on a day-to-day basis. As Chair of the Campus Health and Safety Task Force, I have had the privilege of meeting with many members of the emergency planning office to see and engage with what they do on a day-to-day basis to keep our campus safe. While this list isn’t comprehensive by any means, I thought readers deserved to have at least some answers to a question left completely unanswered, that may leave students with unnecessary fear that their university is not actively working to prepare for crises.

Working closely with Purdue police and fire departments, the office provides safety and emergency preparedness programming information for Boiler Gold Rush, the orientation program for incoming students. In addition, the office plans and hosts the annual campus safety day, which took place in September outside the Recreational Sports Center. This event, which has taken place for seven years, is designed to educate the campus community about available safety resources both on campus and in Greater Lafayette.

In 2017, nearly 3,500 people were reached with the office’s hazard awareness training. In addition, it also produces and annually reviews resource guides for faculty, staff, students, and visitors (this includes items like Purdue Pete safety videos, an emergency procedures guide, a “quick reaction” checklist, online training material, and safety posters).

In terms of outreach, the office partners with campus first responders (police, fire, emergency medical services, etc.) to help residence halls, fraternities and sororities, and cooperatives think about and plan for safety. The office also coordinates a monthly Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee meeting that reaches more than 50 members representing campus departments and external partners with the goal of providing information they can share for safety planning and preparedness purposes.

On its website, the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office provides links to upcoming campus safety presentations that are open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as presentations that can be viewed online. Office director Ron Wright and assistant director Jefferson Howells also make themselves available to conduct on-site training upon request.

The office also is a key component of the Purdue ALERT mass notification system, which helps provide warnings in a timely way about incidents that represent an imminent threat to campus. This multi-layered system includes outdoor sirens, building fire alarms, text messaging and Twitter, digital signs, desktop computer alerts, alert beacons in large classrooms, mass emails, Boiler TV, and a campus status website. As part of this system, the office reviews outcomes from every Purdue ALERT and training exercise to help provide continuous improvement for responders.

In terms of planning, Wright and Howells created and annually update the campus integrated emergency response plan to help campus and area first responders react in an effective and coordinated way to a variety of incidents, from severe weather to public health incidents. They also have developed a comprehensive emergency procedures guide that covers a wide range of incidents and responses.

The writer did make one salient point, and that is that many of us don’t want to think about what to do in an emergency. However, it is incumbent upon each of us to do so. All of the planning, training and outreach done by the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office will have a greater impact when we as students are willing to become active participants in our own safety.

As a first step, everyone should have at least some kind of personal safety plan. Also, “If you see something, say something”awareness is meaningless if you don’t notify campus responders. When in doubt, you can always call 911.

I would urge readers to go to the FAQ page on the emergency preparedness site. This is a great starting point to guide you to the wealth of resources available from the office.

As many of you might know, Purdue recently was ranked as the nation’s 12th safest college campus. Think about that for a moment.

Our campus, by nature, is opento students, to visitors, to the community. To be able to have that kind of access and still maintain a high level of safety is not a roll of the dice, good fortune or something “left to chance.” It’s a matter of what the Emergency Preparedness and Planning Office does every day in partnership with each and every one of you.

Up to $2500 With Summer Stay Scholarship

With midterms and spring break fast-approaching, summer will be here before we know it. Summer is a great time to both catch up on coursework and gain practical experience in your major. Luckily, Purdue has something that will help you do both of these things: the Summer Stay Scholarship.

The Summer Stay Scholarship allows students to spend the summer in West Lafayette at a lower cost. The program includes taking nine credit hours and gaining internship experience in one of Purdue’s many departments. For example, an accounting major may participate in an internship with the Bursar office.

Undergraduate research opportunities are also available with this scholarship for every college on campus. Did you have a favorite professor this past semester? Ask if their lab is available this summer for research assistants! Many professors stick around over the summer, and your favorite just may be one of them.

Recipients of this scholarship can receive up to $2500, which would cover the full cost for in-state residents. Applications are due on March 2nd. Decisions are anticipated to be released the week of March 19th. If you want to get ahead and gain relevant experience in your field, then this scholarship may be worth looking into! The application is found on their website.