February 25th Meeting Recap - Blackwell Presentation, Math Club, and Honors Thesis

Feb. 25, 2019, 2:18 p.m. by Katherine Merrill
17 of us gathered in the Math/Stat Conference Room last night, Feb 25th.

First Jacob Martin presented a brief Bio of the famous statistician David Blackwell, for Black History month.  Here are the powerpoint slides.

Jack Felag, President of the Math Club, shared their calendar of events and cordially invited any member of the Stat and Data Science Club to attend their weekly Monday meetings 5pm in Perkins 101.  Of interest to you, there will be 
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Finally Jack talked about the Hudson River Undergraduate Math Conference at Smith College (Leave on March 22 - attend conference on March 23).  There is some funding for the UVM van and one night at a hotel.  There are talks in Statistics and Data Science at the conference.  If interested please contact Katherine.Merrill@uvm.edu .   Also for the conference, we need certified drivers.  Please click the link and help out -- 2 week turn around time to get certified.

The last item on the agenda was about Honors Thesis and the process.  This was an informal talk from Oliva Hurd (Data Science) and Liz Bambury (Statistics).  Mentioned was the 1 ch course CEMS 101 about the Honors Thesis process.  Also mentioned was that anyone can do an Honors Thesis, not just students in the Honors College.  The main suggestion was to just start asking faculty about their research and any possibility of doing work with them.

In light of the Hudson River conference, Honors Thesis, and Student Research Conference April 17th , the club would invite you to practice your presentation at any future meeting.  Please email (Katherine.Merrill@uvm.edu) if you are interested in getting on a meeting agenda.

Kelly Gothard ( Kelly.Gothard@uvm.edu) did a SHOUTOUT for NetSci 2019 volunteers!  Please email her if you are interested.  Here is the link to the event:

IMPORTANT EVENT:  UVM Stat and Data Science Career Event, Tuesday April 9th, 7:00 - 8:15 pm, Ifshin Hall Room 107 (Keller Room).

Great meeting last night.  Curious?  Come and join us for the next one on Monday, March 18th, 6:00 - 7:30pm in Math/Stat Conference Room.  What's the plan:  Presentation on Getrude Cox for Women's History Month, Let's Play Kahoots!, and enjoy some pizza.  See you there!