Data Science Initiative Affiliate Program

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The Data Science Initiative (DSI) is fostering a community of graduate students and postdocs from all disciplines who are interested in Data Science – both for their research and for possible careers in DS. Affiliates will learn from each other and the DSI faculty and staff about new developments in Data Science, brainstorm about their own research, potentially engage in new projects that they can add to their portfolios, hone their Data Science skills, network with other researchers from multiple disciplines, and discover new Data Science technologies and methods.

In addition to the DSI’s public events, we will host a variety of Affiliate-only activities throughout the quarter. These include:

Workshops: Two, half-day workshops per quarter on topics chosen by the Affiliates.

UnLunch: Following the model of the “UnConference,” UnLunches are informal gatherings where Affiliates decide on a topic for discussion based on the expertise and desires of those present.

Coding Competitions: Each quarter we will present a data science problem for the affiliates to solve. The team or individual who presents the best solution (as judged by the DSI Director and Associate Directors) will win a small prize. Competitions will be focused on creating reusable solutions to cross-domain problems in Data Science.

Affiliates are expected to be active participants in the Data Science Initiative community. This is a terrific opportunity to be in a multidisciplinary environment focused on all things data!

Affiliation is selective, so please also apply by that date using the form https://docs.google.com/a/ucdavis.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdk6Z1i8QkimHEHe0l60Cv0SgdXom03M4FYutqVKMvEAF2phg/viewform. Applications received by Friday, 9/23 will be given preferential treatment. And informational meeting for all DSI Affiliates will be held in the Data Science Initiative (third floor, Shields Library) at noon on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. All new and current Affiliates should plan on attending.

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Thank you,
Duncan Temple Lang, Director
Carl Stahmer, Associate Director for Humanities
Nick Anderson, Associate Director