Zoe Replinger, Author

Diane Santos sits across from Kennedy Outlaw at a table. They are both holding coffee cups and Diane is smiling.

Cultivating a close-knit community at Purdue

Diane Santos discovered her love for science in the garden with her dad. Now pursuing a degree in chemistry, she’s able to grow her curiosity alongside a group of close-knit friends.

Kennedy Outlaw (left) and Diane Santos (right)

New Yorker meets best friend, finds home away from home at Purdue

Kennedy Outlaw knew what she wanted out of a college experience – the opportunity to do undergraduate research, the chance to find true community, and an affordable, value-packed experience. But she didn’t know how soon she would build a friendship …


Called to connect: Bilingual Purdue graduate empowers Spanish-speaking families

When recent Purdue grad and kindergarten teacher Joseline Aguilar was in second grade, she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She felt called to connect with students for many reasons, but her own experience as a bilingual student influenced …

Purdue alumna Afua Bruce

Purdue alumna honored in Smithsonian IF/THEN exhibit among 120 women in STEM

When Afua Bruce ventured into the sea of orange statues of women in STEM on display at the Smithsonian gardens and museums, a sense of awe settled over her. And then she saw a familiar face among the figures: her …


Son of veteran uses GI Bill benefits to pursue affordable college experience

When Chase Morris applied to Purdue, he viewed the University as his dream school. He esteems Purdue the way many esteem Ivy League schools. “I knew that Purdue is a really good school, and I knew it would look great …


Collaborative sophomore excels in undergraduate research at Zucrow Labs, lands Tesla internship

Tarun Prakash channels his creativity and experiences real-world research opportunities, preparing him for his first big career move: an internship at Tesla A common thread of persistence and innovation ties all Boilermakers together, from the small steps of incoming freshmen …


How persistent prep and a meaningful internship unlocked dream job at Disney for computer science senior

When Purdue University computer science student Niyati Sriram set out to secure an internship for the summer before her senior year, she didn’t put much emphasis on representation. As an Indian American woman, she was used to being one of …

Sharita Ware, Indiana’s 2022 choice for Teacher of the Year, poses in her classroom at East Tipp Middle School. (Purdue University photo/Rebecca McElhoe)

Carrying the torch: Q&A with Sharita Ware, 2022 Indiana Teacher of the Year

Purdue graduate, engineer and teacher inspires students to show up and be heard  Sharita Ware’s seventh graders at East Tipp Middle School near Lafayette spend their class time designing prosthetic legs for Barbie dolls. Her eighth graders are building and …


Live performance, virtual audience: Purdue Musical Organizations returns to Elliott Hall for 88th annual Christmas Show

The staff and students of Purdue Musical Organizations adapt storied holiday traditions in light of pandemic limitations to spread Christmas cheer across the globe In March 2020, the world of live performance changed. The student musicians of Purdue Musical Organizations (PMO) spent …


U.S. Army Reserve sergeant returns to Purdue to serve veteran community

Morgan Torres joined the military at 17, thrived as a student at Purdue and is returning to make a difference.


Freshman and parents make college costs game plan

How an Indiana native who originally planned on enlisting before going to college found his path to Purdue Before his junior year of high school, Quentin Betts didn’t know if college might be in the realm of possibilities for him …


Degree-in-3 program provides first-generation college student minimal debt, maximum benefit

How McKaya Simon sought out a value-packed college experience at Purdue before she leaps nearly debt-free into a career in child advocacy McKaya Simon knew early on that she would be paying for college herself. As a student from a …