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Students will utilize data to study many aspects of the student experience at Purdue University.  This topic will include not only institutional assessment projects, but also components and activities related to diversity, student success, campus climate, research methodologies, etc.  Some of the students will focus on a modeling framework for student attributes and behaviors.  Student could focus on impacts of K12 preparation, including AP credit, diversity of student backgrounds and experiences, etc., with a goal of better understanding the impact of these attributes for success at Purdue.  Students will learn how to develop questions to be studied using data analysis; how to utilize the scholarly literature and to develop conclusions; how to handle ethical ramifications related to human subjects research, etc.


  • Any undergraduate student with an interest in data about the student experience in Purdue.

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

  • STAT 19000 1 credit per semester -- The Data Mine I and II
  • Approximately 7 to 10 of the students will take HONR 49900 during fall 2019 and spring 2020.
  • Approximately 10 students will work on an Explanatory Modeling initiative

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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