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Note:  This cohort will be a part of the Health and Human Sciences cohort beginning in the 2020-2021 academic year.

Through data collection, management and analysis, students in this Data Mine cohort will conduct HDFS related research that contributes to the well-being of individuals and families across the life course and in diverse contexts. Participants will learn to manage and analyze data using modern spreadsheet and statistical software such as Excel, SPSS, STATA, SAS and R. Students will work with HDFS faculty on ongoing research projects and/or projects of their own design. Students participating in this learning community will be on an early analytic track, taking data science-related courses earlier in their undergraduate careers.

Up-to-date information can be found at


First preference is given to students pursuing a major in a program offered by the department of Human Development & Family Studies.

Residential Component

  • Incoming First-Year Students from this learning community must reside in Hillenbrand Hall
  • A signed housing contract is required to apply to this learning community.
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Full Academic Year

Associated Classes

Up-to-date course information can be found at

Events and Activities Included:

  • Weekly dinners with LC participants
  • Tour of Purdue’s computational facilities
  • Social gatherings with LC members
  • Seminars by visiting speakers including practicing actuaries and data scientists
  • Meals with campus and community leaders
  • Game / recreation nights
  • Career and graduate school panels

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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