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In this cohort of The Data Mine, students will experience an active research environment targeted at the analysis of large data sets from particle physics experiments. Students will be introduced to and employ a variety of tools and programming languages including Python, C/C++ and Labview. Research topics revolve around the CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, including investigations of the newly-discovered Higgs boson, or the search for dark matter particles using the XENON experiment in Italy.


Open to any undergraduate student 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


  • PHYS 490 -- 3 credit "Dark Matter Research" or PHYS 490 -- 3 credit "CMS Particle Physics Research" or a similar alternative
  • STAT 19000 1 credit -- The Data Mine I


  • PHYS 490 -- 3 credit"Dark Matter Research" or PHYS 490 -- 3 credit"CMS Particle Physics Research"or a similar alternative
  • 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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