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Students in this Data Mine cohort will apply the scientific method and data analysis to understand American political institutions and behavior. Over the year, Data Miners will have the opportunity to conduct original research on some of the following topics: the design and fielding of a public opinion poll, the analysis of election outcomes, the financing of political campaigns, decision-making in state legislatures or the U.S. Congress, and the analysis of data from the U.S. Census. The skills students learn from these projects will be useful in subsequent courses in the social sciences and the liberal arts more generally.

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students polling campaigners
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students visiting state house


Any undergraduate student with interest in Political Science and the Data Sciences

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


  • POL 10100 American Government and Politics
  • POL 30000 Introduction to Political Analysis
  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine I


  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine II

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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