Category Archives: Graduate opportunities

"A Day in the Life of a Graduate Student" panel discussion

If you’re thinking about graduate school but would like to know more before making your decision, please consider attending “A Day in the Life of a Graduate Student”, a panel discussion hosted by Women in Science (WIS).  During this discussion, panelists will share what it’s like to be a graduate student, when and why they chose to go to graduate school, and advice for undergraduates who want to prepare for graduate studies.  
All students are welcome to the panel, which will be held Tuesday, April 16th from 4-6pm in Burrill Hall (see the flyer attached for more details). A follow-up discussion will be held in the fall semester on how to successfully apply to graduate school.
We hope to see you there!
WIS Officers

Master of Public Health open house

The Master of Public Health program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is hosting our Spring 2013 Open House on Friday February 22nd, from 3-5 p.m. in Huff Hall on UIUC’s campus.
Please see the attached invitation and send to any interested students who want to learn more about the MPH program and careers in public health!
Encourage students to register for this event by completing the attached registration form and emailing it to mph-admissions@ahs.illinois.eduby 5:00 p.m. on Monday February 18th.
Applications for Fall 2013 admission are due April 15th. Students can apply to the traditional MPH program, or a variety of joint degrees, including MPH-MUP, and MPH-PhD programs across campus.
Students can learn more about the program by visiting

Big Data Articles

Why Data Scientists Matter: Explore how the convergence of Big Data, computer science and statistics is leading to a revolution and a demand for people who can make sense of it all.

Food Analytics? : Illustrating that the Big Data trend is leaving no area untouched, researcher Lada Adamic has developed an algorithm to predict how successful a recipe will turn out. She can predict with 80% accuracy how many stars a recipe will receive on a popular recipe site. Until she develops a technique to predict the likelihood of an inept chief being able to successfully prepare a recipe, some of us may want to just stick to admiring her research papers and leave the cooking to the pros.

Nate Silver Answers Your Questions on Reddit: Everyone’s favorite prognosticator took to the popular website Reddit to answer reader submitted questions. Read this article to find out his thoughts on teacher evaluations and why politics is harder to forecast than baseball.



Northwestern MS in Analytics

Please find below a flyer containing information about the Master of Science in Analytics program being offered in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.
Under the direction of Professor Diego Klabjan, the program provides the skills and knowledge in harnessing the full value of data to small cohorts of highly accomplished students. Along with instruction from world-class faculty, students will participate in internships and industry projects, thereby providing them with multiple access points to the professional world before they graduate.
It may be that some of your seniors may be interested in this as a next step in their careers. We’d love to see some applicants from Department of Statistics at UIUC. Would you be so kind as to distribute this to your students on your listserv or mailing list?
If you need a text version, I can make this available too.
Should you have any questions, by all means send me a note at 
With thanks and best regards,
Chris Bray
Assistant Director, Master of Science in Analytics
Northwestern University Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
2145 Sheridan Rd, E278
Evanston, IL 60208
T: 847 491 7205
F: 847 491 8005

Bohrer Workshop – Nov. 15

One of the most notable activities in our department for graduate students is the Bohrer Workshop. A subset of the graduate students are selected to give a quality presentation of their current research in statistics. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to get a peek at what might lie ahead if you too choose to pursue an advanced degree. You don’t have to be there the whole day. Just pick one or maybe two that sound interesting. Schedule below.

Bohrer Workshop Schedule


Computational Neuroscience at Boston University

Interested in modeling how brains work?
 Get your PhD in Computational Neuroscience at Boston University
You may be surprised to find out that a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics or statistics provides you with an excellent background for graduate studies in the exciting research field of computational neuroscience.
At Boston University, computational neuroscientists:
  • Develop realistic mathematical models of individual neurons for applications in health and disease
  • Create sophisticated statistical analysis tools for applications in human cognition and neurological disorders.
  • Create neural network models of brain circuits underlying perception, action, and cognition.
  • Build brain-computer interfaces that allow paralyzed people to control computers or robotic devices
  • Develop neuromorphic technologies that mimic how the brain solves complex problems such as vision, navigation, and movement control
These are just a few of the research opportunities available to Computational Neuroscience graduate students in the Boston University Graduate Program for Neuroscience. For more information, visit us at: