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Welcome to the Office of the Dean

A message from Dean DiTusa:

Welcome to the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI. I am honored to join the School and to serve as Dean of such a creative community of researchers and educators.

ditusaj2.jpgScience and Mathematics play foundational roles in the process of innovation where fundamental discoveries lead to technical applications that culminate in advances that transform our society. These advances are necessary to meet the extraordinary challenges we now face, highlighted by the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and will prepare us to solve tomorrow's problems. The faculty and students in the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI seek to investigate the unexplored, solve outstanding mysteries, and contribute solutions to these pressing problems. 

We invite you to join us in our pursuits, as there is a strong tradition for students at every level engaging in the research programs at the School of Science. The School is a student-centered learning community made up of seven departments and two interdisciplinary programs that deliver a suite of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from both Purdue University and Indiana University, including 11 doctorate programs. This breadth of programs allows students the opportunity to find their niche and pursue their interests. School of Science students come from every corner of Indiana, as well as from many other states and countries throughout the world.  Ours is a welcoming and inclusive community where diversity is celebrated and the focus is on assisting every student in reaching their full potential. I invite you to explore our websites where you will find examples of student successes, opportunities in academic exploration, and highlights from our faculty led research.

I'm proud to be part of IUPUI Science. I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, and students as they continue to make groundbreaking discoveries, and to helping prepare our students to be leaders for the State of Indiana.

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IUPUI Science students take advantage of a learning environment that is unequaled in the Midwest

_mg_6772.jpgIUPUI is a beautiful campus in the city of Indianapolis located next to city government, museums, libraries, canals, and parks. Global pharmaceutical, IT, biotech, engineering, financial and insurance companies are within walking distance. The campus is the largest biomedical research center in the state and is home to the Indiana University Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Rehabilitation Science, Public Health, Social Work, etc. Five major hospitals are located on or connected to the campus by monorail train. In this environment, Science students have outstanding opportunities to do career-relevant research, shadowing and internship experiences relevant to all of our degree programs, both throughout the academic year and in the summer.

As early as freshman year, students in the School can engage in research and internships with faculty mentors in the school, across campus and in the city. Through these experiences our students learn research skills and problem solving; they learn to work in teams; they learn how to effectively communicate; they travel to conferences to present their work; they earn authorship on publications; and they develop contact networks that serve them for a lifetime. Coupled with an outstanding academic experience, this environment prepares our students for their next step in the workplace, in graduate school, in professional school, or in other chosen pathways. 

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We engage and excite students, while holding them to high standards and stressing critical and analytical thinking. Our students learn in exciting, discovery-based classes. IUPUI Science students learn through leadership. As peer mentors, advisors and tutors, our students are partners in education and contribute to each other's success. 

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IUPUI Science students enjoy outstanding resources that support their success


We provide dedicated advisors for each program, learning resources such as the Mathematics Assistance Center (the "MAC"), the Biology Resource Center, the Physics Learning Space, etc. The School of Science Office of Pre-Professional and Career Preparation (PREPs) engages our undergraduate and graduate students and alumni in academic and career planning to help translate their professional goals into reality. 

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IUPUI Science faculty perform world class research

In partnership with our undergraduate students, our graduate students, and our staff, Science faculty do federally-funded research that is important for Indiana, the USA, and the world. Their research improves our economy, our health, and our quality of life. Through the success of our research efforts, in partnership with the IUPUI School of Engineering & Technology, we have recently completed a new research and teaching building that was completed without using any Indiana tax payer funds. 

Our faculty, staff, and students are driven to make an impact -- they are passionate about their work, and the resulting atmosphere is one you'll want to join.  When you are ready, learn more about becoming at student in Science at IUPUI. 

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