Data Science Career Panel
The Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub has announced its National Student Data Corps (NSDC) Data Science Career Panel taking place on Friday, February 18th from 3-4:30 pm ET. This virtual event is for students and educators interested in learning more about data science careers, internships, and education from panelists in academia, government, industry, and not-for-profit organizations.
Learn more here: https://nebigdatahub.org/nsdc/
Tow Summer Research Fellowship
The Tow Summer Research Fellowship supports senior thesis-related summer research projects that require travel, either domestic or international. To apply for funding, you must submit a proposal, budget, and letter of recommendation from a Barnard or Columbia faculty member by Friday, February 25, 2022. Email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are guidelines for the application:
- Brief Abstract (75 -100 words): Provide an overview of your thesis topic.
- Detailed Proposal (maximum three pages, double-spaced, one-inch margins): Provide details about the issues you intend to investigate. You are expected to address the following points:
- Where do you intend to go?
- What will you do there and how long will you need to stay?
- Have you made contact with any on-site individuals or institutions whose cooperation will be critical to your research? If yes, provide details.
- Do you foresee any difficulties (e.g., linguistic, political, medical) and, if so, what precautions do you intend to take?
- How has your research grown out of your academic pursuits?
- How is your proposed work necessary to your thesis?
- Can you conduct your research with partial funding from this fellowship? What is the minimum amount that will allow you to move forward with your research?
- Letter of Recommendation: The faculty letter of support should be written by a person familiar with your project—the person who will be supervising your thesis, for example—and should address both the importance of the research and your qualifications for carrying it out.
- Proposed Budget: Provide prioritized details regarding expenses including transportation, daily living costs such as lodging, and other fees or costs associated with your project. Past grants have generally been in the $1000-$4000 range. A chart form is best and should be included as one of the maximum three pages.
Bear in mind that although some members of the Committee may be experts in your field, most will not be; it will be wise to tailor your proposal accordingly. Grant recipients will be required to provide a report (of up to three pages) describing how the funding contributed to their project or overall academic or intellectual growth. Please direct any questions to Dean Evelyn Leong (email@example.com).
CSC Diversity in Computing Speaker Series
As part of the Year of Science @ Barnard College, the Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) is launching their first Diversity in Computing Speaker Series. This series will run for the 2021–2022 academic year and will feature talks from scholars and practitioners in computational fields who explore what DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) looks like in STEM. There is an urgent need to more fully consider the ethical and social implications of computing and its applications: for example, in designing addictive social media platforms or in using AI for facial or name recognition, which can lead to housing discrimination, racial biases in job hiring, or restrictions on personal freedoms through public and private surveillance.
To better understand how to counter these biases, this series reimagines STEM disciplines from the inside out. The series invites one leader in a STEM field every month to speak about the work they are doing to diversify and broaden inclusion in their fields by either sharing their research, their experiences and initiatives in industry or academia, or their thoughts on how power structures within computing disciplines should be transformed to create more equitable systems.
Columbia DSI Race + Data Science Lecture Series
The Race + Data Science Lecture Series aims to celebrate and advance research in the areas of race and data, engineering, and computational science.
With this series of events, their goal is to improve how we as data scientists and data-adjacent researchers speak about race. Through wide distribution of their speaker’s research, we envision that these talks can lead to the discovery of important resources about race, inequity, and emerging applications.
Event schedule and how to register: https://datascience.columbia.edu/diversity/race-data-science-lecture-series/
W.E.B. Du Bois Data Science Symposium
The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative is in pursuit of developing cutting-edge data science research and scholarship. Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois, a former professor at Atlanta University, pioneered data visualizations to unravel the social plight of Blacks in the 19th century. This one-day symposium invites faculty and staff from the AUC to share their data science work, including harnessing data science to address issues that face Black America.
The Symposium will feature engaging keynote presentations, lightning talks, and networking opportunities. The Symposium is free and open to the public. It is scheduled for Friday, February 25th, 2022 from 11:30 am to 5:15 pm ET.
Tamr: Career in Tech Panel
Come meet with a panel of Tamr employees at 4pm ET on February 15th to hear about their journey into a career in tech. Tamr is a privately held, hot start-up with blue-chip customers like GE and Toyota. Founded by 2015 Turing Award winner Michael Stonebraker and Andy Palmer, Tamr leverages machine learning to help Fortune 500 companies prepare data for global analytics and strategy.
NSF CISE REU programs
Many universities have Research for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). These are paid opportunities for students from across the U.S. to participate in mentored summer research, typically for an 8 to 10-week program. A list of programs funded by NSF’s Computer and Information Science and Engineering Division is at https://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/list_result.jsp?unitid=5049. Deadlines range, but many are in January. Most programs are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents, but some are open more broadly. Most programs are open to current juniors and sophomores.
Google Unified Fulfillment Info Session
Meet the Unified Fulfillment Optimization (UFO) team at 5pm ET on February 15th and learn about the process we use to deploy infrastructure within Google—compute, networking, power, and even physical data center construction.
NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences Pathways to AI Program (Summer 2022)
Pathways to AI is looking for motivated first-years and sophomores who plan to major in computer science, or any other field in which AI plays a significant role, and who are interested in exploring research careers. Their goal is to expand the field of scientists to include those who have been historically underrepresented.
This program will provide students with the basic skills needed to get involved in AI research. Over the course of six weeks, students will attend mini-courses in topics such as Python, data science, computational math, and Big Ideas in AI. Students will also participate in several research lab rotations, which will provide them with an opportunity to learn about ongoing research projects directly from faculty, postdocs, and graduate students. Students who successfully complete the program will be invited to work on a research project with a faculty member during the Fall 2022 academic term.
Program Dates: June 27 – August 5, 2022
Stipend: $4,000 (plus $500 for travel expenses)
Accommodations: On-campus NYU Housing is included
Location: NYU’s campus in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village
In addition to classes and spending the summer in NYC, participants will meet their peers, learn from world-renowned NYU faculty, and attend panels and workshops with guest speakers and NYU graduate students. Pathways to AI is open to all students and especially encourages applications from individuals who come from diverse backgrounds and whose academic and research experience contribute significantly to the diversity and academic excellence at NYU.
Learn more here: https://cims.nyu.edu/ai/educational-programs/pathways-ai/
Engineering Projectship at CARMERA
The CARMERA “Projectship” is a unique opportunity for a student/recent grad/career transitioner to gain paid experience working with CARMERA’s Regenerative Map team. The Projectship will provide professional experience with real-world challenges and what you produce will support the development of a growing technology company that is enabling autonomous vehicles around the world.
CARMERA specializes in “High Definition Maps,” which autonomous vehicles rely on for navigation safety and reliability. This Projectship with the Regenerative Map team is focused on a key engineering challenge -- keeping high definition maps up to date when key road features change.
CARMERA ingests data from several crowdsourced sensor sources and systems, and are constantly testing new methods of incorporating changes to the world into our maps. Their team leverages key points of road scene visibility into our systems to ensure those updates are accurate and up to our quality standards.
More information: https://boards.greenhouse.io/carmera/jobs/5617459002?gh_jid=5617459002
Connect with Google
Connect with Google is a virtual program for students designed to help us stay in contact with you in a meaningful way. This is a one-stop shop for all your Google program needs, this virtual program gives you the opportunity to stay connected to Google, develop marketable industry skills, build a professional network, and stay up to date on the latest announcements & opportunities.
What to expect:
Monthly newsletters outlining ways to get involved with Google
News about Google, our products and the Industry
Online learning opportunities and competitions
Online social community for community building/networking
Students interested in learning more and joining Connect with Google, should visit google.com/students
Each month we'll host a variety of workshops and discussions with Googlers to provide professional and technical skill building resources, as well as an inside look at Google's culture. Head to careersonair.withgoogle.com to register and add our upcoming sessions. Googlers will also be answering questions live via chat for most of our sessions.