Brooke Halteman is a third-year Professional Writing major at Purdue, where she serves as the Journal Coordinator for the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research. “I market the journal, establish deadlines, meet with students who want to publish, manage the student editorial board, and coordinate with the faculty board to select proposals for publication,” Halteman says.
Brooke started at Purdue as English major, changed major to Actuarial Science, and then came back to the English program in Professional Writing with a minor in Mathematics and French. She likes that the Professional Writing program allows her to combine writing and communication with technical skills and math. And after three years here in an interdisciplinary program, she recognizes that “a lot of people don’t get opportunities to do undergraduate research at other schools.” She enjoys being the Journal Coordinator because it “helps others accomplish their career goals by publishing as undergraduates.”
In her own career, Halteman wants to do non-profit work, especially mission work. Working with the research journal, Halteman has honed her abilities to communicate important information that captures attention and persuades its intended audience. Halteman says, “I want to use my writing and photography to raise awareness to important situations around the world.”