Overview - The Data Scientist awards seek to broaden the range of opportunities for science students to access research experiences that involve data sets of increasing complexity and size. Interested students are encouraged to contact Program Director, Paul Overvoorde .
2015 Program- In collaboration with the staff of the Macalester Science and Research Office (SRO), we have developed a number of opportunities for students that fall into the categories listed below. If you apply for more than one opportunity, you will be required to submit a separate cover letter that explains and justifies your interest each of the programs. Students selected for participation will receive a $450 per week stipend for 10 weeks. Students working on-campus are eligible for free housing at Macalester. Funds to defray the cost of living while working at other institutions are also available.
- On-campus Data Scientist awards seek to broaden the range of opportunities for advanced science students, both international and domestic, to access research experiences that involve data sets of increasing complexity and size. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, math, statistics, and computer science, environmental studies, physics, Neuroscience Studies, and psychology are encouraged to apply. Up to 4 students will be selected to work with Macalester faculty as Data Scientists. The application requires a letter from the Macalester faculty member endorsing your application to work with them during the summer of 2015.
- Off-campus Data Scientist awards seek to broaden the range of opportunities for Macalester students, both international and domestic, to access research experiences and data sets at institutions other than Macalester. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, geology, geography, math, statistics, and computer science, environmental studies, physics, and psychology are encouraged to identify opportunities at other institutions early, as a letter of support from a hosting scientist forms an key component of the application. Up to 4 students will be selected for this program and be eligible for up to $1,500 housing allowance.
- Macalester-HHMI Data Scientist at the Institute for Math and its Applications (IMA). These awards complement a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) award from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Andrew Beveridge (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science) directs the REU program at the IMA, which runs from June 8- July 17, 2015. Up to 3 students will be selected for this program.
- Macalester-HHMI Data Scientist- IVPU at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). These awards provide students with the opportunity to work closely with epidemiologists and public health professionals at the MDH. Participants receive mentoring and training to analyze public health data to aid in policy development. Up to 2 students will be selected for the 2015 program.
How to Apply
In order to Upload your application files, you must be enrolled in the MHRI Application Moodle course. When live, you can self-enroll in the course by clicking on the link "Enroll me in this course" button which is located in the Settings block below the Navigation block on the right hand side of the page.
Once you have enrolled, upload the appropriately named PDF-formatted files. You will also complete an Application FORM on the site that allows you to provide key pieces of information, including 2 Macalester faculty or staff members who are willing to provide a recommendation for you.
Application materials must be uploaded onto the Moodle site by 5 pm Monday, February 16, 2015.
For each of the programs you will be required to provide the following:
- A 250-500 word Cover Letter that explains your interest in the program, relevant course or extracurricular experiences, and the impact of participating on your long-term plans. This letter allows you to make the case that a program is a "good fit" for you and explain to the selection committee why you should be selected. NOTE: If you intend to apply for more than one program, you MUST create a separate Cover Letter for each program.
- A C.V./resume.
- Unofficial transcript.
- Names of 2 Macalester faculty or staff who would be willing to serve as references.
PDF-formatted files for 1-3 above (with a separate file for each Cover Letter) will be uploaded onto MHRI Application Moodle site. The names of the Macalester faculty/staff and some basic information will be gathered through the Application FORM located on the Moodle site.
Jyothi Dhanwada ('15) worked with Dr. Devavani Chatterjea (Biology)
Linnea Swanson ('14) worked with Dr. Devavani Chatterjea (Biology)
Benjamin Mathers ('17) worked with Dr. Shilad Sen (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science)
Anya Phillips ('15) worked with Dr. Shilad Sen (Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science)
Akanksha Dua ('16) worked with Dr. Paul Overvoorde (Biology)
Yuqi Ren ('15) worked with Dr. Paul Overvoorde (Biology)
Cory Stern ('16) worked with Dr. Paul Overvoorde (Biology)
Kwangu Paul Yeo ('15) worked with Dr. Paul Overvoorde (Biology)
Keo Corak ('15) worked with Dr. Susan Bush (University of California, Davis)
Annie Drabot ('15) worked with Dr. Betsy Wattenberg (University of Minnesota)
Asad Zaidi ('15) worked with Dr. Betsy Wattenberg (University of Minnesota)
Eli Liebman ('15) worked with Dr. Chris Gough (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Wojciech Michno (('15) worked with Marcela Pekna (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Huyung Dong ('15) worked with Mowei Shen (Zhejiang University, China)
Kevin Dowlling ('15) worked with Donald Goff, (New York University)
Alese Halvorson ('15) worked with Jon Roesler (Minnesota Department of Health)
Wei Peng ('16) worked with Jon Roesler (Minnesota Department of Health)
Oliva Warner ('14) and Christa Nilsen ('14) worked on-campus with Dr. Chad Higdon-Topaz (Math, Statistics, and Computer Science). Their work led to the the publication of Social Aggregation in Pea Aphids: Experiment and Random Walk Modeling in PLOS One.
Linnea Swanson ('14) worked with Dr. Devavani Chatterjea (Biology).
Nolan Kriegel ('14) completed work in collaboration with Dr. Mark Davis (Biology), Dr. Jerald Dosch (Biology), and Dr. Mike Anderson (Biology).
Jeff Kaplan ('14) worked with Dr. Daniel Trudeau (Geography).
Emma van Emmerick ('14) worked with Dr. Amika Singh (VU Medical Center, Amsterdam).
Elizabeth Kwak ('14) participated in research in the lab of Dr. Edward Smith (Children's Hospital Boston)
Margaret Nemetz ('15) worked with Dr. John G Younger, MD (Biointerfaces Institute, University of Michigan)
Margot White ('14) collaborated with Dr. C. Sarah Cohen (Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, San Fransisco State University)