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Students in this cohort of The Data Mine will work on a wide range of data-driven projects in the field of chemistry. Potential projects include QM/MM calculations of large molecular and macromolecular assembling, machine-learning concepts applied to drug discovery and repurposing, high throughput mass spec imaging and analysis, and atmospheric chemistry.  

This year will feature a partnership with the Discoveries in Chemistry Learning Community.  This learning community will live in Hillenbrand Hall and participate in The Data Mine one credit seminar.


  • Any undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Science with an interest in 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

First-year students


  • CHM 12500 - Introduction to Chemistry I
  • CHM 19400 - Freshmen Chemistry Orientation
  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine I


  • CHM 12600 - Introduction to Chemistry II
  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine II

Upper division students


  • Organic Chemistry I, consisting of CHM 26505 Lecture and CHM 25600 Lab
  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine I


  • Organic Chemistry II, consisting of CHM 26605 Lecture and CHM 26600 Lab
  • 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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