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Undergraduate Student Spotlight

Our students are driven to inspire and engage others through teaching and education. Their efforts will make a difference in countless lives for years to come. Learn more about what they are doing to prepare themselves for their rewarding and challenging careers ahead through our Student Spotlight feature.

Joseline AguilarJoseline Aguilar

Major: Elementary Education
Minor/s: Global Studies (I also am working to receive the STEM certification & an additional ELL License by graduation)
Graduation Date: May 2020
Hometown: Crawfordsville, IN
Student Organizations: College of Education Ambassadors, S.E.E.D, PUDM, Passport, BoilerMentor. I also have helped out with Boiler Tracks but hope to become an official member soon.
Achievements: Maryann Santos Scholarship in Education, 21st Century STEM Teacher Scholarship, James T. and Gladys G. McDonald Elementary Science Education Scholarship and Purdue Moves Scholarship.

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Kayden HabronKayden Habron

Major: Dual Licensure in Elementary and Special Education
Minor: History
Year at Purdue: 4th year, Graduating in Spring ’19
Hometown: Georgetown, IN
Student Organizations: NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals) at Purdue (President, as well as Chair of the Annual LGBTQ+ Film Festival Committee), Trans Purdue (Co-Founder), Purdue Council for Exceptional Children, and SEED (Students in Education Enhancing Diversity)
Achievements: Mary Scherger Bonhomme and Raymond F. Bonhomme Scholarship in Education recipient, 2015 Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Retreat attendee, panelist for the LGBTQ Center’s Speaker’s Bureau, grading assistant, and facilitator for the Boiler Challenge Course. I have also worked with the Summer Residential and Super Saturday programs for GERI (Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute), as well as studied abroad with the LGBTQ Center and the History Department.

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Emma NoelkeEmma Noelke

Majors: General Education: Curriculum and Instruction and African American Studies
Minor: Global Studies
Year at Purdue: Graduating Senior!!
Hometown: West Chicago, IL
Student Organizations: SEED (Students in Education Enhancing Diversity), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., SPARC (Students of Purdue Against Racism Coalition, Co-Founder)
Achievements: Mortar Board National Honor Society, Truman Scholarship finalist, member of Purdue’s Honors College, recipient of the Purdue Presidential Scholarship, teaching assistant, I have done research with multiple professors, worked at Purdue’s Black Cultural Center and studied abroad.

Why did you choose Purdue?
I chose Purdue for the opportunity to get out of my home state and to be in the Honors College program. I have stayed because of the opportunities I have had to study abroad, research, lead organizations, and connect with amazing faculty and staff.

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