January 29, 2009
CSP tutors needed
The CSP program is recruiting for statistics students to become tutors. We have had statistics students do this in past terms (and enjoyed the experience). I was asked to pass this request along. They are looking for tutors for Stats 100, 350 or math.
If you are interested, please contact Chauncey Williams (Academic Advisor and Tutor Coordinator) via email firstname.lastname@example.org and stop by the Comprehensive Studies Program office at G155 Angell Hall to complete an application.
Talk by former UM statistics undergraduate
Susan Shortread was a UM statistics undergraduate around 7 years ago. She earned a PhD from the University of Washington and has recently been working in Australia. Some information about her talk follows:
Date: January 30, 2008
Time: 1 pm
Place: 224 Dennison
Title: Learning in Spectral Clustering
Abstract: Spectral clustering is a pairwise clustering technique that uses the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of a normalized similarity matrix to cluster the data. While it is a popular clustering method, a limiting factor in spectral segmentation is that the similarity matrix is not usually known a priori. In this talk we will review spectral clustering and present our method for learning the similarity matrix. We introduce the idea of optimizing a cost function composed of clustering quality term, the gap, regularized by a clustering stability term, the eigengap. We will present our supervised earning methods in detail, which assumes that a training set with known clustering labels is available for learning the similarity matrix. As time permits we will also discuss how we can extend our methodology to the unsupervised and semi-supervised frameworks.
January 28, 2009
Positions and internships at D.E. Shaw
We would like to invite all interested University of Michigan students to apply for permanent positions and summer internships with our firm. Headquartered in New York City, the D. E. Shaw group is a global investment and technology development firm with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Activities range from the deployment of investment strategies based on either mathematical models or human expertise to the acquisition of existing companies and the financing or development of new ones.
In addition to a variety of other roles we seek to fill, we are looking to train a number of motivated students to trade in one of a variety of systematic and fundamental investment strategies. Strong quantitative and analytical abilities, extraordinary communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills, and an exceptional sensitivity to detail are essential. Direct prior experience is not required, but some demonstrated interest in and exposure to financial markets is a decided advantage.
To apply for an interview for the Proprietary Junior Trader position described above, or to learn about other current openings, please log on to Career Center Connector (http://www.careercenter.umich.edu/students/index.html) or My iMpact.
For all positions, you may also apply anytime by sending a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
Our work environment is challenging but surprisingly flexible-from the clothes you wear to the time you get to the office, it's pretty much up to you. And we compensate our extraordinary people extraordinarily well.
The D. E. Shaw group
January 16, 2009
Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program
See below for a very interesting opportunity. I'm quite sure that statistics would be one of the disciplines of interest to NASA.
This program provides hands-on paid research experiences for qualified undergraduate and graduate students (rising juniors and above) on-site at NASA Langley Research Center. We offer three sessions, summer, fall, and spring. The summer session is a 10-week internship and the spring and fall are 15-week internships.
The summer deadline is quickly approaching (February 1). The applications is completely electronic process and can be submitted fairly quickly. Women and underrepresented groups are also encouraged to apply.
Eligibility requirements include:
-Full-time college student, rising junior and above by the start of
-Pursuing a discipline of interest to NASA
-3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
2009 Summer Session - February 1
2009 Fall Session and 2009 Spring Session - Deadline TBD
Rising juniors and seniors - $5,000 scholarship for the 10-week
Spring and Fall sessions are prorated according to the 10-week rate.
Debbie Murray, Virginia Space Grant Consortium
*LARSS Program Coordinator E-Mail: Deborah.B.Murray@nasa.gov
NASA Langley Research Center
Mail Stop 400 Phone: 757-864-5215
17 Langley Blvd., Room 111 Fax: 757-864-9701
Hampton, VA 23681-2199
*LARSS is managed for NASA by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium
under the auspices of the National Institute of Aerospace.
January 15, 2009
Career Center - Onsite Advising
Thursday, January 29
2:00-4:00 PM (by appointment)
470 West Hall
The Career Center staff will meet with students individually to discuss career options, resume preparation and/or review, internship searches, job searches, graduate school searches, negotiating job offers, and more.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment now. Please list your top three available meeting times (2:00, 2:20, 2:40, 3:00, 3:20, 3:40).
If you are unavailable on the afternoon of Thursday, January 29 or simply prefer to set up your own meeting on another day, you are welcome to contact the Career Center directly. See http://www.careercenter.umich.
SIBS summer research program
The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS) is designed to introduce quantitatively oriented undergraduate students to Biostatistics. In this program students learn about the applications of statistical methods in biomedical research through coursework and hands-on experience working with real data collected in major clinical studies. The attached flyer explains that SIBS is offered at three sites: Boston University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each of the three program sites has its own unique features, but they all have a well-conceived, balanced agenda and an outstanding staff of dedicated investigators and professors.
SIBS will be in its 6th year this summer. Sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the program has been very successful, but space is limited! Students should apply soon. SIBS is open to all US undergraduates (citizens or permanent residents). Further details are given at the individual websites listed on the flyer.
Note: participants receive college credit that can transfer back to their home institutions. All costs are covered: tuition, housing, meals, etc.
For more information please see our program web sites:
Boston University - http://sph.bu.edu/sibs
North Carolina State University - http://www.stat.ncsu.edu/sibs
University of Wisconsin-Madison - http://www.biostat.wisc.edu/Educational_Resources/SIBS/index.htm
ASA Open Forum
From the local ASA chapter:
Have a question about statistical analyses, statistical software or
The first ASA (American Statistical Association) Ann Arbor Chapter Open Forum will be held on Tuesday, January 27, from 6-9 PM. Location is the 2nd floor west lounge of the Rackham bldg (in the room on the north side).
Anybody can come in and discuss questions/problems about methods in statistics, statistical software or databases (note: we will have a database expert there).
Please come by if you are interested and pass word along.
January 14, 2009
R in the news
Those of you who love or hate R may be interested in this:
January 12, 2009
AmStat listing of internships
Here is a link to a a list of internships for statistics students. Many are for graduate students but you'll find a few for undergrads. Note that many of the application deadlines are rapidly approaching.
January 08, 2009
Employment for statisticians
Those of you worried about the economy and your future employability may be reassured somewhat by these articles. The second one doesn't mention statistics explicitly but the industries that are referred to hire a lot of statisticians.
Follow-up (added 1/12): check this out for an alternative perspective:
January 05, 2009
Research in Industrial Projects at IPAM
Accepting Applications for Research in Industrial Projects for Students: RIPS-LA and RIPS-Beijing 2009 through Feb. 15
Please refer exceptional undergraduate students of mathematics, engineering, computer science, and physical and life science disciplines to http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/rips for information on this unique summer REU program in applied mathematics. IPAM is offering both RIPS-LA and RIPS-Beijing in 2009.
Last year's RIPS-LA project sponsors included Arete, Symantec, Pixar, JPL, and Amgen. Students will be in-residence at UCLA for nine weeks. International students are eligible.
RIPS-Beijing, in collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia, will run
concurrently. Students will be in-residence in Beijing for eight weeks. English is the only language required for participation. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may apply through IPAM; Chinese nationals may apply through MSRA.
Juniors and seniors are especially encouraged to apply. The application is available online. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2009