Building a community of student-led data science organizations

Description: The Midwest Big Data Hub hosts a webinar series during the academic year for student-led data science organizations to share and discuss their experiences, activities, structures, and goals, to foster development of a Midwestern data science student groups community. Contact the Hub if you are a student group leader or faculty advisor and would like to participate: info@midwestbigdatahub.org

NEW: Join our Slack community to continue the discussion and make new connections.

This webinar series is free and open to all. View the playlist of all prior events, or choose an individual webinar below.

Webinar archive

January 15, 2021
Presenter: Helen Yang, Columbia University
Title:COVID Information Commons Student Paper Challenge
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenters: Heidi Van Every, Riza Li, Adam Faranda, and Menolin Sharma, Bioinformatics Student Association (BiSA) | University of Delaware
Title: “BiSA: Encouraging Creative Student Collaboration and Participation in an Interdisciplinary Field”
Host: John MacMullen | MBDH Executive Director      View the slides (pdf)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenter: Lilian Huang, Lauren Li, and Damini Sharma, South Side Civic | University of Chicago
Title: “Scopeathon: Focusing on the Crucial First Step of Problem Definition”
Host: Alice Delage | Community Liaison, MBDH
 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenter: Elizabeth Wickes | Lecturer, School of Information Sciences,  University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: Special session: “Developing data science capacity among students—a mentor’s view”
Bio: Elizabeth Wickes is a Lecturer at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, where she teaches programming, data curation, and information technology courses. She was previously a Data Curation Specialist for the Research Data Service at the University Library of the University of Illinois, and the Curation Manager for Wolfram|Alpha. She currently co-organizes the Champaign-Urbana Python user group, has been a Carpentries instructor since 2015, trainer since 2017, and elected member of The Carpentries’ Executive Council for 2018–2020.
Host: Alice Delage | Community Liaison, MBDH

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenter: Michael Madaio, Students Using Data for Social Good (SUDS) | Carnegie Mellon University
Title: “SUDS in Pittsburgh: Lessons learned from students using data for social good through community partnerships”
Host: Melissa Cragin | MBDH Executive Director          View the slides (pdf)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenter: Elizabeth McDaniel, ComBEE (Computational Biology, Ecology & Evolution) | UW–Madison
Title: “Integrating Computational Skills into the Biological Sciences through Peer-Led Study Groups”
Host: Melissa Cragin | MBDH Executive Director          View the slides (pdf)

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenter: Shivam Kumar and Ian Huntley, Analytics in Business Club | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Title: “Illinois Analytics in Business: Driving Decisions with Data”
Host: Melissa Cragin | MBDH Executive Director         View the slides (pdf)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenters:
Jeremy Klein, Parker Scott, and Alycia Holwerda, DREAM | Minnesota State University, Mankato, “DREAM: Empowering students for a successful data science career”
Timothy NeCamp, STATCOM | University of Michigan, “STATCOM (Statistics in the Community)–A student organization providing pro-bono statistical consulting for local community organizations”
Host: Melissa Cragin | MBDH Executive Director

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenters: James (J.T.) Bassett and Cole Smith, Big Data and Analytics Association | Ohio State University
Title: “BDAA at OSU: Empowering the Future of Analytics Talent”
Host: Melissa Cragin | MBDH Executive Director          View the slides (pdf)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenters:
Divyam Balani and Vaibhav Shah, Data science in Practice | Indiana University, “Data Science In Practice – An Overview”
Harshit Agarwal, Association of Data Science and Analytics | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Association of Data Science and Analytics – Taking Data Science Beyond the Hype”
Host: Lior Shamir, Asst. Dean for Research | Lawrence Technical University, MI

Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5:30–6:30 CST / 6:30–7:30 EST
Presenter: Arya Farahi, Michigan Data Science Team | University of Michigan
Title: “The Michigan Data Science Team: A Data Science Education Program with Social Impact”
Host: Melissa Cragin | MBDH Executive Director          View the slides (pdf)