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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.


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

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Hillenbrand Hall
  • Information on this residence hall can be found here
  • 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


Fall and Spring semesters

Associated Classes

All students will take:

STAT 19000 1 credit per semester -- The Data Mine I and II

and students will take 3-6 additional credit hours, depending on concentration and classification.  The specific courses will be discussed between the faculty mentor, academic advisor, and the student.

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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