Summer 2017, May 30 to July 21

Department of Statistics, Carnegie Mellon University

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Description

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Statistics provides participants with hands-on experience working with real data, on real problems, in a stimulating, collaborative, and supportive environment.

The Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University is world-renowned for the quality and depth of its collaborations with disciplines ranging from astronomy to genetics to neuroscience to education to finance. Participants in this program will engage with the faculty and graduate students actively involved with this research, and the projects for the program will be derived from problems facing these researchers. Students will work in small groups, under the supervision of an advisor.

For 2017, the program will focus on the role of statistics in the forensic sciences.

The program will start on May 30 and end on July 21.

Testimonials

Comments from students regarding past programs included the following:

"This was my first real experience working with real data. I was able to learn how to work with data on a level that I had not been exposed to before. It was also a very motivating environment being around like-minded students. I felt that I learned a lot about Statistics and it greatly increased my interest in the field."

"I feel very excited to utilize the knowledge and skills I gained from the program in future courses and projects. I also learned from the program that I am passionate about Statistics and should look more into attending graduate school."

"I enjoyed having access to professors who were knowledgeable about a variety of Statistics Ph.D. programs and who were willing to give advice to each of the students."

"I enjoyed the laid back atmosphere and the friendliness of CMU. The professors don't seem to project stress onto the students and it feels like true collaboration between the students and the faculty."

Support

Participants will receive a stipend of $4000. This is provided to cover all travel and living expenses while participating in the program.

Housing Support: Students can rent apartments in University-run housing near to campus at a heavily subsidized rate. The housing is provided through CMU's Go Research! program.

Eligibility

The program is open to any undergraduates who are U.S. citizens entering their junior or senior year in Fall 2017. There are no specific course prerequisites, we only require an interest in learning about modern approaches to statistical inference in data-rich fields of application.

How to Apply

Complete our simple Interest Form by February 1, 2017 to receive full consideration. After that date students will be considered if space is available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are international students eligible for the program?
We encourage international students to apply, but due to the nature of the funding there are very few spaces available for non-U.S. citizens.

What are the prerequisites for the program?
There are no specific courses required, but it is anticipated participants will have taken at least one Statistics course. We are mainly looking for students who are interested in learning more about Statistics, and in participating in research.

Is the program only open to students majoring in Statistics?
No! We welcome applications from students from all areas of study. One of our objectives is to encourage students with curiousity of data analysis, even if they lack a strong background in that area.

Can I receive academic credit for the program?
You should discuss this with your home institution. We certainly believe that the content of the program is deserving of academic credit; you will be learning about statistical methods and computing, among other things. We are happy to help with any paperwork, etc. needed to facilitate students receiving credit.

Can I apply if I am going to graduate in Spring 2017?
Unfortunately, no. The program is only open to students enrolled during the time of the program.

Can I apply if I am a currently a freshman?
We will consider your application, but keep in mind that preference will be given to juniors and sophomores. Of course, we encourage you to reapply next year!

Can I apply to work on a particular project, or with a particular professor?
No. You should not enter into the program with a specific expectation as to what the topic or advisor will be. The benefit of the program is the general exposure to graduate-level, collaborative Statistics research, not learning about a particular application area. We work to create three or four projects from a range of areas, and allow students to express a preference when they arrive, after they hear details of the projects.

My semester does not end until after Memorial Day. Can I join the program late?
No. Unfortunately, due to the structure of the program, students must be in residence for its duration. And as a result of constraints in the schedules of the faculty, graduate students, and staff in the program, we are unable to move the state date later.

Please email us with additional questions at summer@stat.cmu.edu.