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In this section of The Data Mine, students will be introduced to basic tools and techniques used in large data analysis with a focus on applications in biology. Participants will be introduced to the R statistical analysis package, Python programming, and supervised and unsupervised approaches to data analysis. Research areas include, but are not limited to, construction of phylogenetic trees, genomic analysis, gene regulation, systems biology, cancer and other genetic diseases, neuroscience, and ecological and environmental applications.

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  • First preference will be given to Honors Students (from any major) 
  • Continuing students should have completed first-year biology core and chemistry classes and should be calculus ready
  • This cohort is not open to incoming students

Residential Component

  • Optional within Hillenbrand Hall
  • 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


  • BIOL 23100 (3 credits) Biology III: Cell Structure And Function
  • BIOL 29500/39500 (2 credits)
  • STAT 19000, 29000, 39000, or 49000 (1 credit) The Data Mine I or III or V or VII


  • BIOL 24100 (3 credits; section 001) Biology IV: Genetics And Molecular Biology
  • STAT 19000, 29000, 39000, or 49000 (1 credit) The Data Mine II or IV or VI or VIII

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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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