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B.I.G. Summer 2020 at UCLA

Dear colleague,

 

We are seeking your assistance in identifying promising undergraduates for the 5th year of UCLA’s B.I.G. Summer Research Program in Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Systems Biology.

https://qcb.ucla.edu/big-summer/

This 8-week program (June 22 – August 14, 2020) combines workshops in big data analysis with research experiences in diverse areas of quantitative and computational biosciences. Supported by grants from NSF, NIH, and the University of California we can again provide up to 50 student fellowships and on-campus housing. Previous participants raved about the skills acquired, their research experience, the academic community and network.

Criteria for admission are a passion for biological or biomedical research, some background in quantitative reasoning, math, stats or equivalent, and an interest to contribute to the diversity and inclusive climate of the UCLA academic research community.  Members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. We would also like to emphasize that students may bring their research projects and thus function as catalysts for collaborations between their primary research faculty (at their own institution) and specific UCLA faculty.

UCLA’s Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (QCB) includes 18 departments within the Divisions of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, the Samueli School of Engineering, and the David Geffen School of Medicine, including the recently launched Computational Medicine Department.  QCB’s mission is to support quantitative and computational biosciences research, research training, and education, to address the challenges and leverage opportunities of the bio-data sciences revolution.  Key activities include the QCB Collaboratory, a Postdoc Training Program, Interdepartmental Graduate Programs, and undergraduate majors and minors.

https://qcb.ucla.edu

 

We thank you for your assistance in making students aware of this summer research opportunity.

 

The BIG Summer steering committee

Eleazar Eskin

Hilary Coller

Sriram Sankararanam

Jenny Papp

Tracy Johnson

Alexander Hoffmann

Alexander Hoffmann

Director, Institute for Quantitative and Computational Biosciences (QCBio) www.qcb.ucla.edu

Thomas M. Asher Professor of Microbiology www.signalingsystems.ucla.edu

Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) ahoffmann@ucla.edu

University of California, Los Angeles

posted 10/29/2019


Full-time Position: Jr Analyst at PointRight Inc

I am working at PointRignt Inc in Cambridge, MA and would like to share a career opportunity for Junior Analyst role at our company. We are actively seeking BS and MS candidates with degrees in Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Math, Data Science, or a related field with experience in R/Python.

If you could pass along this position with students in the Statistics department, that would be much appreciated.

I have pasted the brief position description below and if anyone is interested, please see the details and apply it through the following link.

Click here for Jr Analyst

PointRight is the industry leader in providing data-driven analytics and decision support services to healthcare organizations. We offer web-based analytic services that help skilled nursing facilities improve their compliance, financial, clinical, and risk management goals. For more than 20 years, PointRight has helped the long-term care industry make confident decisions. PointRight collaborates with a broad range of companies in healthcare, insurance, and payer groups.

The Junior Analyst will work with the PointRight Analytics Team to analyze healthcare industry data and interpret results in support of research initiatives in all segments of our business. The job will entail heavy data management/manipulation, extraction of large data sets from multiple data sources, statistical analysis and modeling.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Ensuring the proper collection, management, and storage of data
  • Designing, developing, validating, and programming databases, complex data validation checks, custom reporting systems, and statistical tables to ensure data quality and integrity
  • Expanding or modifying existing programs for efficiency and reusability
  • Custom model building, training, validation using ML/AI techniques based on industry trends and regulations
  • Use predictive modeling to increase and optimize customer experiences, revenue generation, and other business outcomes
  • Develop processes and tools to monitor and analyze model performance and data accuracy
  • Coordinate with different teams across the company to implement models and monitor outcomes
  • Develop company testing framework and test model quality
  • Designing, validating, and generating data reports, listings, and graphs
  • Interpreting results to draw conclusions with potential recommendations for additional analyses
  • Utilizing R/Python and other software, to provide ad hoc reporting, tables and listings and graphs
  • Understanding and following SOP’s and contributing to the development and implementation of Good Programming Practices and procedures
  • Accurately documenting programs adhering to the company’s SOPs
  • Reviewing/developing project materials, including analysis plans, data operation guidelines, reports, etc.
  • Keeping current with programming developments and R/Python technical reports as well as relevant healthcare topics and issues
  • Communicating in an accurate and timely status updates to project team and management

Basic Qualifications:

  • Strong analytic skills and strong deductive reasoning skills
  • Excellent R statistical programming skills
  • Excellent Python programming skills
  • SQL programming skills a plus
  • Knowledge of Windows Batch scripting a plus
  • Experience with large datasets
  • High level Microsoft Office skills
  • Experience working independently to assess needs, identify solutions, and create specifications for that solution preferred
  • Desire to remain informed of new developments in programming, that are relevant to the industry and the development of tools in R/Python/SQL
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time
  • Ability to work both as an individual contributor and as a team member
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in healthcare research desirable

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Data Science, Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Math, Engineering or a related field with experience in R/Python; a combination of experience and education will be considered

posted 10/16/2019


Willis Towers Watson – Health Benefits Consulting Internship Opportunity

University of Connecticut students have been continuously invited to apply for internship/full time job positions by industry leading companies due to their work ethic, exceptional business acumen, and passion for problem solving.
Willis Towers Watson – one of the 3 largest healthcare consulting and risk management companies – has invited UConn students to apply for their Health Benefits internship program. You will find the link to the application page below, and an informational pdf attached.

see here

If you have questions about this internship feel free to contact Health Care Management Society at uchealthcare@gmail.com or Greg Berger, a Health and Benefits Senior Associate at Willis Towers Watson (and UConn alumni)!

Greg Berger’s contact information:
LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/greg-berger-mba
Email: bergergj@gmail.com

Greg, as well as several other representatives from Willis Towers Watson, will be coming to speak on campus at a Health Care Management Society meeting on October 8th at 7pm in the School of Business, room 226. Any and all UConn students regardless of major are encouraged to come. Food and drinks will be provided. Dress is business casual.
This is a great opportunity to network, learn about the field, and potentially get an internship!
Good luck in your job search!

posted 9/19/2019


Climate Modeling Undergrad Research Opportunity

Dept of Geosciences is looking for undergrads to perform research lab, either for class credit or stipend. Research involves using Earth system models to simulate climate change of the past and future. Stat students might be interested in a climate modeling research opportunity.

Possible research topics include:
Hydroclimate change across glacial cycles
Causes of change in greenhouse climates

If interested please contact:
Clay Tabor, Asst. Professor
Dept of Geosciences
Beach Hall 246a
clay.tabor@uconn.edu

posted 9/6/2019


Advertising WSRAP position in data science to Stats undergrads

Calling Undergraduate Data Scientists and Programmers: AY 2019-2020 Work-Study Research Assistant Program Posting for Experience in a Psychology Research Lab

Faculty Name: Alexandra Paxton
Faculty Department: Psychological Sciences
Brief Position Description: This WSRAP posting is for a research assistant to assist primarily with data science and/or programming activities in the lab (including coding experiments, posting online experiments, analyzing/visualizing data, and documenting/maintaining lab code). The dyscord lab focuses on how people communicate and work together. We use a variety of research methods—including eye-tracking, motion-tracking, computer vision, touch-screen games, online games, and driving simulators—to quantitatively analyze the dynamics of human interaction. As part of this research assistantship, students will gain valuable experience at the intersection of data science and psychology; students will also improve their real-world teamwork and communication skills by working closely with programmers and non-programmers to meet the lab’s research goals. (Note: If the applicant has an interest in this research but does not have significant data science and/or programming experience, see other posting by faculty Alexandra Paxton.)

Job Description:
A student in this position will assist faculty in human research efforts. Research activities may include:
Create and/or maintain lab code
Create and/or maintain documentation for lab code
Create, debug, and test code for running in-person and online experiments
Run and monitor online experiments
Work with other lab members to meet lab goals
Collect, code/plot, and analyze data
Organize, analyze, and communicate data
Read and summarize related literature
Attend training sessions and staff meetings
Prepare content for the lab website and assist with website development
Perform miscellaneous duties as directed

Job Posting Direct Link: see here



The Nielsen Company

Nielsen is looking for undergraduate students passionate about marketing, data analytics, statistical modeling, consulting, and more! Visit one of the sessions that Nielsen will be on campus below. All majors welcome!

Info Session: Tuesday, September 10th 5-7PM in McHugh Room 206
Undergraduate Career Fair: Wednesday, September 25th 11-4PM in Gampel Pavillion


Change Grants – UConn Co-op Legacy Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines: Monday, September 30, 2019; Monday, February 10, 2020

UConn Co-op Legacy Fellows engage in projects that represent the legacy of the UConn Co-op’s commitment to public engagement, innovation, and social impact, including service initiatives, creative endeavors, research, advocacy, and social entrepreneurship. Fellows receive up to $2000 to support project expenses. Applications are accepted twice per year in September and February.


SHARE Awards

Application Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2019

The Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Research Experience (SHARE) Awards are a research apprenticeship program that pairs undergraduate research assistants with faculty mentors so students can develop research skills while contributing to a research project in the spring semester. Student-faculty teams apply jointly for $2,000 awards, which comprise a $1,500 student stipend and a $500 faculty mentor stipend. This program is designed for students in the earlier stages of their college careers, offering them an introduction to research and an opportunity to develop skills they will need for further research projects.


UConn IDEA Grant Program

Application Deadline: Monday, December 16, 2019 for summer funding; Monday, March 9, 2020 for academic year funding

This UConn IDEA Grant program provide funding and support for student-designed projects, including artistic and creative endeavors, research projects, prototyping and entrepreneurial ventures, and service initiatives. There are two application cycles per year, with deadlines in the fall and in the spring. Students can apply individually or as part of a small group working collaboratively on a project. Grants of up to $4000 per student are available.


NSA Summer Internships

Each year the NSA offers students a wide variety of excellent programs to get a jumpstart on a career in intelligence.

For most of the programs, applications are accepted September 1 – October 31 each year. More info about the programs can be found at https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html.


Research Analyst Position at Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Each year we recruit Research Analysts to work closely with the economists in our Research group; at the moment, we are recruiting research analysts to start this spring or summer.  We request your assistance in finding talented seniors to fill these positions.  Your familiarity with undergraduates at your institution will be of tremendous help in this effort.

Research Analysts play an integral role in both the policy and research functions of the Research and Statistics Group.  Our economists, whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics, work closely with Research Analysts.  Upon leaving the Fed, Research Analysts who choose to apply to graduate school are consistently accepted by top programs; others pursue a wide variety of public and private sector opportunities. In recent years, our RAs have gone on to pursue PhDs in Economics or Finance at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and Wharton, among others.  Previous RAs have also gone to law and public policy programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Princeton, Yale, and others.

We seek candidates who have records of superior scholarship and academic curiosity.  Research Analysts usually come from strong economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science backgrounds, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity.  Successful candidates often have previous research experience, and many are considering careers in economic research, public policy, or other related fields.

In addition, we seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in economics.  It is important to us that we succeed in recruiting a diverse cohort of research analysts each year. Thus we encourage many students with varying experiences and backgrounds to apply. As a representative of your institution and student body, we ask that you please help us in passing this message along to any candidates you may know who may be otherwise hesitant to apply.

Click here for more details about the Research Analyst position. Applications are being accepted now, on a rolling basis, here. It is recommended that candidates apply as soon as possible.


Undergraduate Research in Network Analysis of Climate Change Studies in Ecology

This project is a spatiotemporal study using network analysis to identify how climate change is studied in ecology. It focuses on using keyword co-occurrence networks to identify links between certain topics and track how these topics are related in time and space. Students applying to this project are expected to take it on as their primary research project and will take the lead on it (i.e. if/when the project is published, they would be the first author). The immediate supervisor, Eliza Grames, is a second year PhD student whose research focuses on modeling sensitivity of songbirds to forest fragmentation. For more information, click here.

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter and a resume to eliza.grames@uconn.edu.

If you have questions, please contact eliza.grames@uconn.edu.


Summer Analyst Internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Summer Analyst Internship program provides undergraduates an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the work done by the Research and Statistics Group.   Over the course of the summer, our economists—whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics—work closely with Summer Analysts on long-term, academically orientated research projects as well as current public policy work. In addition to their daily responsibilities, summer analysts attend events and weekly presentations hosted by senior management. These presentations provide a broad and extensive overview of the Bank’s responsibilities and operations. In addition to serving as a prime learning opportunity for undergraduates interested in economic research, the summer analyst program also establishes a strong pool of candidates for recruitment into the full-time Research Analyst position at the FRBNY upon graduation.

 

We seek candidates who have records of superior scholarship and academic curiosity.  Summer Analysts usually come from strong economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science backgrounds, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity.  Successful candidates often have previous research experience, and many are considering careers in economic research, public policy, or other related fields.

In addition, we seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in economics.  It is important to us that we succeed in recruiting a diverse cohort of summer analysts each year. Thus we encourage many students with varying experiences and backgrounds to apply.

 

Applications for the Summer Analyst position are being accepted now at http://www.newyorkfed.org/careers/current_opportunities.html. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by November 1. Click here for a brochure with details about the full-time Research Analyst position, which the Summer Analyst position is largely modeled after.


Graduate Program Opportunities

University Application Deadline Type of Degree Area/Field
Emory University January 5 (for merit scholarship consideration)

May 1 (preferred last day for international students)

July 15 (preferred last day)

August 2 (application closes at 5 pm)

Masters or PhD Biostatistics

Bioinformatics