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Note:  This cohort will not operate in the 2020-2021 academic year.  Look for a new Psychology learning community coming online.

This Data Mine learning community introduces students to big data and research methods in the psychological sciences. Students will be introduced to all areas of research conducted in psychological sciences through direct interactions with multiple faculty in the department. Students will then become directly involved in faculty research labs during the spring semester.

Note:  There are two cohorts in The Data Mine for Psychology.  Psychology I is for incoming students.  If you are a current student please visit The Data Mine - Psychology II profile page.  

Up-to-date information can be found at


  • Preferred major in Psychological Sciences or Brain and Behavioral Sciences

  • Preference for first-year students or transfers who have not taken PSY 120000, PSY 20100, PSY 24000 or PSY 20300

  • Current students, please visit The Data Mine - Psychology II profile page 

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

Up-to-date information can be found at

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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