2020-21 E&O: Undergraduate Virtual Workshop May 16-18, 2021

** Application deadline was March 25, 2021 **

Virtual Workshop

Dates: May 16-18
Times: May 16: 1-4pm; May 17: 8:45-Noon; 1-3pm; May 18: 8:45-Noon.
All times are Eastern Daylight Time (New York)


As part of its Education and Outreach Program for 2021, the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI) will host a two-and-a-half-day undergraduate workshop on topics of current interest in statistics and applied mathematics. Topics covered will include data science in the social and behavioral sciences, mathematical biology, and other areas of interest in applied mathematics and statistics. The workshop will feature R software tutorials and introductory lectures on four projects. Hands-on illustrations will be presented and participants will present their work at the end.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents who attend are eligible for a small ($350) stipend after successfully completing the workshop.


A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your college/university must be submitted to [email protected] before the deadline of March 25, 2021.

Schedule and Supporting Media

(Note: with permission from speakers, talks will be recorded and posted in the schedule below)

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Time Description Speaker Slides
1:00 Welcome David Banks, SAMSI
1:15 Project Descriptions Jaffer Zaidi at 1:15
Kate Pearce and Mansoor Haider at 1:35
1:55 Break
2:05 Project Descriptions (cont’d) Pulong Ma at 2:05
Diego Fregolente at 2:25
2:45 Break
2:55 Panel on Graduate School in Applied Math and/or Statistics Austin Ferguson (UNC, Applied Mathematics)
Wesley Hamilton (UNC, Applied Mathematics)
Miheer Dewaskar (UNC, STOR)
Kate Pearce (NC State, Mathematics)
3:55 Students Choose Projects
4:00 Adjourn

Monday, May 17, 2021

Time Description Speaker Slides
8:45 Welcome
9:00 Agent-Based Models David Banks, SAMSI
9:45 Break
10:00 Seminar on Project #1: Statistical Learning for Tropical Cyclones with Historical Storm Data Pulong Ma
10:30 Seminar on Project #2: Mathematical Modeling of the COVID-19 Pandemic Kate Pearce and Mansoor Haider
11:00 Break
11:15 Project Labs (parallel sessions) Pulong Ma, Kate Pearce, and Mansoor Haider
11:55 Lunch
1:00 Seminar on Project #3: Competition for attention in online social networks Diego Fregolente
1:30 Seminar on Project #4: Causal estimands in COVID-19 vaccine trials Jaffer Zaidi
2:00 Break
2:15 Project Labs (parallel sessions) Jaffer Zaidi and Diego Fregolente
3:00 Adjourn

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Time Description Speaker Slides
8:45 Welcome Emily Griffith, NSCU
9:00 Panel Discussion on Careers in Math and/or Statistics Claire Bowen, Urban Institute
Mallory McMahon, Red Hat
Ryne VanKrevelen, Elon University
9:45 Break
10:00 Work in Groups
11:00 Student Presentations
11:45 Comments and Thank you Emily Griffith, NCSU
Noon Adjourn

Questions: email [email protected]