Data Science Competition and Course

From Dr. Mark D. Ward, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair, Department of Statistics: 

These opportunities are available to all Purdue undergraduate students!

  1. Purdue will host an ASA DataFest from April 1st – 3rd.  This year, because of some joint funding from Google, I am pleased to announce that ANY Purdue undergraduate student can participate.  Here’s how it works:
  • The data for the competition comes from a very well-known company, but will remain secret until the start of the competition on April 1st.
  • Students are given 2 days to analyze the data.  Then, they’ll make a very short presentation about the results of their analysis on April 3rd.
  • There is NO FEE to register.  The details of the ASA DataFest are here:
  • Team of (up to) 5 Purdue undergraduate students can register here:
  1. I am thinking about offering an undergraduate seminar about data science in the Fall semester 2016.  This would be open to all Purdue undergraduate students!  If you are interested in the possibility of joining this seminar, please send me an email expressing your interest.  I envision a seminar that would give a brief overview (1-credit, just 1 day a week) of topics such as R, data visualization, UNIX, bash shell, regular expressions, SQL, XML, and more. This course does not (yet) appear in the MyPurdue catalog, because I am trying to determine student interest before officially announcing it.



Purdue Fashion Show

Tickets are now on sale now for the Annual Purdue Fashion Show!  This very popular runway show features original designs and senior collections by the Apparel Design students in HHS.  Take your seat at one of our two shows on Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. in the Cordova Recreational Sports Center Gold and Black Gym Courts 1 – 3.  But hurry!  They will both sell out!

Tickets are available in Matthews Hall, Rm 223 (Mon – Fri.) from 8:30 a.m. – noon and from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  We accept cash or checks (payable to Purdue Fashion Association).

  • Front Row Tickets are $20
  • Second Row Tickets are $15
  • Third Row Tickets are $10

Three Cultural Events (March 25 – 26)

From the IP Upcoming Events, March 21, 2016:

Fasching: Multicultural Carnival Party – March 25 

The Purdue German Culture Club in collaboration with the Italian, French, and Purdue 360 club will be hosting a free carnival party on Friday, March 25 at 6:30 pm in the PMU North Ballroom to celebrate Fasching, a German pre-Lent festival which includes food, music, dance, games, culture, and many more fun activities. This event is open to any and all Purdue students. For more information, please consult our flyer.

Holi Mela: A Carnival of Colors – March 26

The American India Foundation will be hosting Holi Mela, a traditional Indian festival celebrated with family and friends that symbolizes the victory of good over evil by throwing color and water on each other. This free event will take place on Saturday, March 26 from 10:30 am – 4:00 pm in Memorial Mall. There will be over 200 lbs. of color!  Indian food snacks such as Samosas and Paneer Frankie will be available for purchase. For more information, check out our Facebook event or our flyer.

Asian Culture Show – March 26

The Purdue University Chinese Student and Scholars Association (PUCSSA) will be hosting a free Asian Culture Show on Saturday, March 26 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at Fowler Hall in the Stewart Center that will feature unique performances such as singing, dancing, and many more from the Asian Dance Club, Hong Kong Student Association, Purdue Filipino Association, and the Purdue Kendo Club. Come out and enjoy this spectacular event and learn more about different Asian cultures. For more information, please consult our flyer.

Animalia Internships (appl. deadline April 7)

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, March 24, 2016:

Animalia’s exciting Internships offer students broad experience in animal care and handling, environmental education, animal behavior and well-being, as well as wildlife rehabilitation.  Interns assist with Animalia’s education presentations by handling and presenting animals to the public alongside our professional staff during our busiest time of the year as we connect people to animals and nature at summer camps, libraries, and community events.

Animalia’s facility is located Thorntown on US 52 (just northwest of Indy), we are only 40 minutes from Purdue. College students who wish to apply for an internship should include the following in their application packet:

  • Animalia Intern Application (complete and print)
  • Cover letter that addresses the following:
  • Why you are interested in an internship with Animalia
  • What you would like to gain from an internship
  • Where you heard about the intern program
  • Highlights of your most applicable experience
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current grade transcript copy

All application materials should be sent together as a packet (please do not send in pieces).

Mail your application packet to:
Animalia, Inc.
7993 N. US 52
Thorntown, IN 46071

Please send them before the deadline of April 7.  We look forward to reviewing your materials.

Journal of Young Investigators Open Positions

From the Biology Counseling Newsletter, March 11, 2016:

Chief Technology Officer Position Open (and many others) – JYI is seeking highly qualified and motivated students for the CTO position.

The Journal of Young Investigators (JYI) is an independent, non-profit, peer-reviewed, online science (ed. note: and social science) journal that is managed entirely by and for undergraduate students from across the world.  All of our staff receives comprehensive training from their department, which can include corporate management, science writing, journalism, editing, finance management, and programming.  Since its founding in 1997, JYI has been the pioneering journal for reviewing undergraduate research, publishing science news, and providing career information. JYI’s unique mission has been recognized in Science, Nature, and EurekAlert! Science News, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New York Times.

The Chief Technology Officer acts as the webmaster and is responsible for maintaining and updating the JYI website. This responsibility includes the development, maintenance, and/ or security of the website on Squarespace, WordPress, the Hostgator web servers, the Open Journal Systems (OJS) and other database files. Candidates with a strong background and interest in technology and computer science should apply!

For more information on the CTO position as well as many other open positions, please visit

Learn about Technology Leadership and Innovation Majors (March 31)

Are you interested in “business” or “technology” or “education” (or all three!), but just haven’t found the major that really combines all of your passions?  If so, check out the newly revamped majors in TLI: Organizational Leadership, Industrial Engineering Technology, Supply Chain Management Technology, and Engineering & Technology Teacher Education!  There will be a CODO Informational Meeting about these awesome majors on March 31st from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm in Young Hall, room 354.  Faculty and advisors will be on hand to answer all of your questions and, of course, there will be FREE FOOD!  RSVP is strongly recommended, so that everyone can be accommodated.

For more information, contact Mindy Hart.