SAMSI Professional Development

September 25, 2019

11:00am – 12:00pm

Title: Preparing Your CV/Resume for the Job Market

A good CV or resume can market you as the ideal candidate for the job you are applying to. In this session, Dr. Dasmohapatra will focus on how to present key information about your skills, experiences, education and personal quality in a CV that can improve your job search process, and increase your chances of landing an interview.

Presented by: Sudipta Dasmohapatra, SAMSI Associate Director of Diversity and Director of the Masters in Statistical Science in the Department of Statistical Science, Duke University


12:00pm – 1:00pm

Title: Interview Skills

Landing an interview is just the beginning…To get a job in applied math and statistics requires considerable preparation. This process involves some elements common to all types of positions, and others that are best tailored to the job sector (e.g. industry, academia, national lab), or the target audience (e.g. Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, Postdoctoral graduates). Dr. Haider will focus on how to prepare for Skype or in-person interviews, including best practices for interview preparation, and DOs and DONTs during the interview. This presentation will be primarily aimed at graduate students and postdocs seeking employment but undergraduate are also welcome to attend.

Presented by: Mansoor Haider, SAMSI Associate Director and Professor in the Department of Mathematics, North Carolina State University

SAMSI Classroom, SAMSI, RTP, NC.

October 16, 2019

11:00am – 12:00pm

Title: Writing Academic Papers…What Works? What Doesn’t Work?

This seminar will be a highly interactive, almost Socratic, discussion of the purposes, principles and practices of academic writing.
As preparation, those planning to attend may ponder the following quotes about writing in

  • “There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they
    are.” [W. Somerset Maugham]
  • “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.”
  • “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple asthat.” [Stephen King]
  • “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” [Ernest Hemingway]
  • “Write what you know. That should leave you with a lot of free time.” [Howard
  • “I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”[Blaise Pascal
  • “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”
    [Thomas Jefferson]

Presented by: Alan Karr, Director of the Center for Complex Data Analysis, RTI International (retired)

Presentation Slides


Alan F. Karr is Principal of AFK Analytics, LLC. He also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, he was
Director of the Center of Excellence for Complex Data Analysis (CoDA) and Director of Business
Development for the Division of Statistical and Data Sciences at RTI International; Director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, Professor of Statistics & Operations Research and Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a founding Associate Director of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute. Prior to moving to North Carolina, he was a tenured faculty member and associate dean at Johns Hopkins University. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University.

Karr’s research centers on cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations involving statistics and such other fields as data confidentiality, data integration (including record linkage and model-based methods), data quality, data availability, survey methodology, education statistics, healthcare, transportation, aging, the scientific workforce, software engineering, disease surveillance, and materials science. He holds one patent; is the author of three books and more than 150 scientific papers, of which the majority have co-authors from disciplines other than statistics. Karr is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics; as well as an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars.

November 13, 2019

11:00am – 12:00pm

Title: PANEL DISCUSSION – Grantsmanship: The Art of Identifying, Writing and Submitting Research Grants for Funding

To be determined

Presented by:

  • Marie Davidian, J. Stewart Hunter Distinguished Professor, Department of Statistics, N.C. State University
  • Greg Forest, Associate Director, SAMSI & Grant Dahlstrom Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Alan Karr, Director of the Center for Complex Data Analysis, RTI International
  • Alex Volfovsky, Assistant Professor of Statistical Science, Duke University

Bios of Panelists

December 4, 2019

11:00am – 12:00pm

Title: PANEL DISCUSSION – Women in Machine Learning and Data Science

SAMSI will host a panel discussion featuring women in the field of machine learning and data science from the NC Women in Machine Learning and Data Science (WiMLD) community. The panel is being presented in conjunction with SAMSI’s Program on Deep Learning. Panelists will focus on opportunities for women in data science by discussing their own individual backgrounds and how they used their experience in these fields to develop successful careers in this industry.


Presented by:

  • Sudipta Dasmohapatra, Director, MS Statistics & Adjunct Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University and Associate Director of Diversity, SAMSI
  • Gül Ege, Senior Director, Research and Development, SAS
  • Shahar Keinan, Chief Scientific Officer and Co-Founder of Cloud Pharmaceuticals
  • Melissa Nysewander, Head of Data Science People Analytics, Fidelity Investments
  • Ana Rappold, Statistician, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)