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    posted Oct 10, 2012, 1:31 PM by Shawn Nordell

    Hello Dr. Nordell:

    I am writing from Purdue University to invite your junior and senior undergraduates to the PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 2, 2012. This open house serves as an opportunity to introduce your students to the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program (PULSe).  PULSe provides opportunities for an interdisciplinary graduate experience in the basic life sciences for Ph.D. students.


    While I announced this event to the main contact in your department last month, I thought it would also be helpful to contact you individually to ask you to provide this information to those students you think would benefit from an information session about the PULSe program. Our day of activities will include a meet the faculty session, lunch with current students, and a tour of lab facilities. Your students will gain exposure to some of the life science research being done at Purdue, while they are also given an opportunity to talk with faculty and students to familiarize themselves with the PULSe Program.


    Some of the highlights of PULSe:


    -All students admitted to PULSe receive paid tuition and an assistantship for the entire first year of study to allow them to complete core requirements and participate in laboratory rotations. The level of support in subsequent years will meet or exceed the level of support provided in the student’s first year.


    -PULSe students carry out research rotations in FOUR labs for periods of SEVEN weeks each in Year 1, two rotations in Fall semester and two in Spring.


    -While in PULSe, students participate in a curriculum designed to provide them with the professional skills necessary for research in the life sciences. These include: scientific communication, proposal writing, and ethics.


    An invitation to the PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 2, 2012 appears below.  Please share this with your students.


    All RSVP’s should be e-mailed to Dr. Colleen Gabauer, Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, at Should you have any questions about the Fall Open House or the PULSe Program, please feel free to call 765-494-9256.


    Thank you for your time.



    Colleen L. Gabauer, Ed.D.
    Director of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs
    The Graduate School
     | Purdue University
    Ernest C. Young Hall, Rm. B-85 | 155 S. Grant Street | West Lafayette, IN 47907
    Email: Web:

    Phone: 765-494-9256 | Fax: 765-496-1188

    Please join us at the PULSe Fall Open House to learn about graduate study in the life sciences at Purdue. 


    At this event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the

    Purdue University

    Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program.


    Event: Fall Open House for undergraduate students to learn more about the

    Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program


    Date: Friday, November 2, 2012


    Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time)


    Location: Room 202, Stewart Center, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


    Activities: Meet the faculty session, lunch with students, and tour of lab facilities  


    Contact and RSVP: Dr. Colleen Gabauer at or 765-494-9256. Upon receipt of your RSVP, directions and event details will be sent directly to you. If you need special accommodations, please let me know as soon as possible.


    NOTE: lunch and refreshments will be served.

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