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This learning community provides experiences at the crossroads of data science, healthcare, and the essentials of nursing practices while offering the opportunity to research data-driven, evidence-based healthcare delivery.

The Data Mine Nursing Cohort provides undergraduate nursing students a cross-disciplinary learning experience. Students study foundations in data science while living and studying with undergraduate students from other disciplines such as Biological Sciences, Engineering, School of Management, Statistics and Pharmacy. The Data Mine creates a very synergistic, dynamic learning environment in which nursing students can cultivate their understanding of research and bring their perspectives to design/implement a research project related to patient care.


  • Any undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Nursing or Exploratory Studies with an interest in the practice of nursing in data-driven healthcare delivery.

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


  • NUR 10800: Introduction to Nursing
  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine I


  • NUR 10900: Introduction to Nursing
  • 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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