2014-15: E&O: Interdisciplinary Workshop for Undergraduate Students: May 17-22, 2015

Location

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Description

This week long workshop provided an introduction to applied mathematical and statistical research in the area of biological and ecological data. Talks were presented by statisticians and applied mathematicians who work with analyzing genomic and biodiversity data. For a good part of the week, students, in teams of 3 or 4, used data from different sources to investigate a variety of questions related to several exciting and emerging area of research ranging from ecosystems, human microbiome to omics data (genomics, proteomics, genetics, etc.). Finally, student teams gave short presentations on the last day of the workshop, and had the option of having their final presentations reside on the SAMSI website.

While students from universities not in the U.S. are welcome to apply, please be aware that priority is given to students who are enrolled at U.S. schools.

SAMSI will reimburse pre-approved and appropriate travel expenses as well as provide food and lodging.

Questions: email ugworkshop@samsi.info


Schedule and Supporting Media

Titles, Bios and Abstracts

Sunday, May 17, 2015
at NCSU

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
5:30-6:30PM Welcome reception at SAS Building in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
SAS Building is located; 2311 Stinson Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 on NCSU campus
6:30-7:30 Coffee, Tea, and Dessert Social with Light Music in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104

Monday, May 18, 2015
at SAMSI, Room 150

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:30-8:30AM Group Box Breakfast pick up in the Berry Hall Residence lobby before leaving for SAMSI.
8:30 Participants load and leave Berry Hall Residence Lobby to SAMSI in NCSU vans by 8:30.
9:30-9:45 Introduction and overview of SAMSI Sujit Ghosh, Deputy Director
9:45-10:45 Research Talk 1
What Causes Major Shifts in the Human Microbiome?
Paul Brooks, Virginia Commonwealth University
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Research Talk 2
A method for site-occupancy model estimation and objective Bayesian selection
Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez, SAMSI/Duke
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Group Photo
1:30-3:00 Projects and Data Sets Paul Brooks, VCU
Lea Jenkins, Clemson Univeristy
Kimberly Kaufeld, N.C. State University
3:00-3:30 Break
3:30-4:30 Form Project Groups and Identify Mentors SAMSI Postdocs and Grad Fellows
5:00-6:30 Group Dinner at SAMSI
6:30-7:00 Transport to N.C. State University
7:00 Open Group Work time at each groups discretion

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
at NCSU

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:45-8:45AM Group Breakfast in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
8:45-9:00 Announcements in Room 2225
9:00-10:15 Hands-on Introduction to R in room 2225 Daniel Taylor-Rodriguez and Kimberly Kaufeld, SAMSI postdocs
10:15-10:45 Break in Graduate Lounge, 4th Floor Room 4104
10:45-12:00 “A Gentle Introduction to Statistical and Probabilistic concepts with R” in room 2225:

Jyotishka Datta and Yize Zhao, SAMSI postdocs
12:00-1:30 Group Lunch and Careers panel in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
1:30-2:45 Fungi Identify the Geographic Origin of Dust Samples in Room 2225 Neal Grantham, Graduate student, NCSU
2:45-3:15 Break in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
3:15-5:00 Begin Group Work with Postdocs/Grads in rooms 2225, 2229, 2235
5:00-6:30 Group Dinner in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
6:30 Open Group Work time at each groups discretion

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
at NCSU

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:45-8:45AM Group Breakfast in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
8:45-9:00 Announcements in Room 2225
9:00-10:00 How to give effective presentation: creating slides and posters in Room 2225 Yize Zhao, SAMSI postdoc
10:00-10:15 Break in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
10:15-12:00 Groups prepare overview of projects. Turn in before lunch. Rooms 2225, 2229, 2235
12:00-1:30 Group Lunch: SAMSI Grad Fellows and Postdocs panel in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
1:30-2:45 Get Feedback/Continue Group Work with Postdocs/Grads in rooms 2225, 2229, 2235
2:45-3:15 Break in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
3:15-5:00 Continue Group Work with Postdocs/Grads in rooms 2225, 2229, 2235
5:00-6:00 Group Dinner in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
6:00 Open Group Work time at each groups discretion

Thursday, May 21, 2015
at NCSU

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:45-8:45AM Group Breakfast in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
8:45-9:00 Announcements in Room 2225
9:00-10:00 Leverage Big Data to Fight Fraud in Room 2225 Bo Zhang, EMC
Yue Qi, SAS Institute
10:00-10:15 Break in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
10:15-12:00 Introduction of Python and Mathematics behind some of the data in Room 2225 Christopher Strickland, SAMSI and UNC
12:00-1:30 Group Lunch and SAMSI Open Question Time in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
1:30-2:45 Continue Group Work with Postdocs/Grads in rooms 2225, 2229, and 2235
2:45-3:15 Break in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
3:15-5:00 Groups practice presentations with Postdocs/Grads in rooms 2225, 2229, and 2235
5:00-6:00 Final Group Dinner and Dessert in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
6:00 Open Group Work time at each groups discretion

Friday, May 22, 2015
at NCSU

Time Description Speaker Slides Videos
7:45-8:45AM Group Breakfast in 4th Floor Commons in Room 4104
8:45-9:00 Announcements in Room 1102
9:00-10:00 Group presentations and discussions in Room 1102
Predicting Changes in Microbiome Community State Types
Informing Dynamics with Data: Parameter Estimation in a Predator-prey System
 
 
10:00-10:15 Break in 4th Floor Commons Room 4104
10:15-12:00 Group presentations and discussions in Room 1102
Ecological Dynamic Predator-Prey Model
 
12:00 Adjourn and take box lunch for on the road or shuttle to airport. Shuttle van to RDU is provided.