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Alan Medina

Engineering problem solving drives first-gen student success

Hands-on industry partnerships empower student to address real-world problems Intrigued by its STEM-based curriculum, Alan Medina chose to enroll in Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) after attending a traditional school through eighth grade. A member of the second graduating class …

Brionna DeWeese

Confident and college bound: Taking the next giant leap to Purdue

Purdue Polytechnic High School enables underrepresented students to pursue college dreams Two years ago, Brionna DeWeese didn’t believe that college was in her future. She didn’t have money to pay for tuition. Her grades weren’t good enough. No one in …

Nathan Laneman

On the fast track to Purdue

After two years attending a large public high school in South Bend, Indiana, Nate Laneman chose to transfer to Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) for his junior year. Then, he decided to finish high school a year early as part …

Rafael Calleja-Castillo

Embracing an innovative, student-focused education

Before enrolling at Purdue Polytechnic High School (PPHS) in South Bend, Indiana, Rafael Calleja-Castillo struggled building relationships with teachers and asking for the support he needed. Once he visited PPHS and learned about the low student-to-coach ratio, he knew he …


Back Home Again: Purdue and the Indy 500 

Boilermakers have been integral to the Indianapolis 500 for more than 100 years — whether it’s engineers ensuring optimal vehicle performance, the “All-American” Marching Band playing “Back Home Again in Indiana” or students representing the University in the 500 Festival …

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Purdue’s mark on the Indianapolis 500

From the Purdue “All-American” Marching Band playing “Back Home Again in Indiana” to race engineers celebrating their winning drivers in Victory Lane, Purdue University is integral to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Asumani Gregoire Kalupala, a freshman at Purdue Polytechnic High School Schweitzer Center at Englewood in Indianapolis, is with his team’s VEX robot. He will be representing PPHS at the VEX Robotics World Championships in Dallas in May. (Purdue University photo/Charles Jischke)

Building Opportunities

One year ago, Asumani Gregoire used a computer for the very first time. In May, the freshman at Purdue Polytechnic High School will compete against 800 other teams at the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas.


Explaining the sound of Purdue’s ‘Clapping Circle’

After extensive testing, members of Purdue’s chapter of the Acoustical Society of America determined what causes the audible squeaking sound when someone claps while standing in the University’s famous clapping circle.


STEP INSIDE: Paint Crew | The Official Sixth Man of Purdue Basketball

Meet the Paint Crew and follow the small steps of students as they find their fit within one of Purdue’s largest student organizations.   The official student section of Purdue Men’s Basketball, the Paint Crew is 2,800 strong and known everywhere …


College tips for parents from parents

The college application process can raise a lot of questions, and not just for the students. Parents, family and other support systems can play a key role in the decision. We had real parents of current students look back on …


Early academic outreach counselors hope to attract more Black and minority Boilermakers

Creating awareness and sharing the Purdue story with prospective Black and minority students from Indiana is the job of two new outreach counselors in the Office of Enrollment Management. Kris Wong Davis, vice provost for enrollment management, says the new …


Purdue scientist helps guide the eyes of soon-to-launch Webb Space Telescope, successor to Hubble

UPDATE: As of January 24, the JWST has reached its orbit. Now that the telescope is where it needs to be, it is beginning to turn on, test and calibrate instruments. This process will take about five months, with the first photos probably …