Thank you so much! The data science career evening has exceeded all our expectations. While we were able to slightly increase the capacity of this event, we unfortunately will not be able to increase it any further. If individual spots re-open (e.g.: someone cancels their registration), those tickets will be passed on to people on the waitlist. If you want to learn about the possibilities to become actively involved in future volunteer-led data science events at Northwestern please contact us here. If you wished to stay informed about graduate student and PostDoc events, or become actively involved in them, visit sites.northwestern.edu/cgsa (Graduate Student Association) and www.nupf.org (Postdoctoral Forum). For events of the Graduate School see www.tgs.northwestern.edu. If you wished to stay updated about data science activities at Northwestern, visit datascience.northwestern.edu and nucats.northwestern.edu/centers-programs/cdsi and subscribe to the listserv DSI@LISTSERV.IT.NORTHWESTERN.EDU. For ChiPy's meetings visit www.chipy.org, and for those of Chi Hack Night chihacknight.org. For a meetup series on computational biology, organized by our panelist Mathew Barber, visit www.meetup.com/COSMOS-Chicago.
Are you curious about transitioning into a career in data science?
Do you want to hear more about the data science field or learn how to acquire the skills needed to become a data scientist in industry?
Then you should join our first Northwestern Data Science Career Evening Workshop, which will feature both data science training programs and industry representatives from a variety of sectors.
You will learn about some of Chicago's data science activities, which provide opportunities to develop and demonstrate your skills, and you will hear about the work of the data scientist in different industries.
We are Northwestern's largest volunteer organization of postdocs and graduate students. The idea of the Northwestern Data Science Career Evening was born out of one of our surveys, which revealed that 1 out of 5 postdocs is aiming for a career in data science.
Registration is mandatory to ensure a high quality of interactions. While we still maintain a waiting list, please see the disclaimer at the top of this webpage.
If your organization or company would like to participate in our reception, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 7th, 2017
Wieboldt Hall, Room 147 (updated location)
Kellogg School of Management,
340 E Superior St, Chicago, IL 60611
4.10 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. registration (mandatory)
4.30.p.m. – 8.00 p.m. main event
Note: The Reception will be held in Room 540
Detailed program below
4.10 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Registration
Room 147 (Ground floor)
4.30 p.m. – 4.40 p.m. Introduction
4.40 p.m. – 5.20 p.m. Keynote Lecture by Rockson Chang – Insight Data Science Program
5.20 p.m. – 5.40 p.m. Lecture by Ray Berg – ChiPy (Mentorship Program)
5.40 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Lecture by Christopher Whitaker – Code for America & Chi Hack Nights
6.00-7.00pm: Panel Discussion moderated by Prof. Satyender Goel (Feinberg School of Medicine)
Mathew Barber (Director of analytics – Tempus)
Jess Freaner (Data Scientist – Datascope Analytics)
Jay Qi (Data Scientist - Uptake)
Francesca Valsecchi (Data Scientist and Principal Consultant – Clarity Insights)
7.00 p.m. – 7.05 p.m. Closing Remarks
Room 540 (5th floor, please take elevators and follow guides)
7.05 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Reception (snacks and drinks will be provided)
Guidance: Transitioning successfully from academia to industry isn't easy, so we are particularly happy to have Insight Data Science give the keynote lecture. Insight is the most renowned, and possibly most successful, fellowship program guiding PhDs into data science careers in industry.
Engagement: Being able to demonstrate your abilities is as important as learning new skills and helping others. Based on our research, becoming an active member of a community appears to be one of the best ways for transitioning to a career in data science. Let's welcome two of Chicago's most vibrant programming and data science communities, ChiPy and Chi Hack Night.
Domain Specificity: Learn about industry-specific expectations and requirements through a panel discussion led by data-science start-up entrepreneur and founder of our postdoc forum, Professor Satyender Goel. Panelists are from Clarity Insights, Datascope, Tempus, Society Generale Corporate & Investment Banking, and Uptake. Join us during the networking reception, which will encourage focused discussions.
The Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum (NUPF) is an organization of volunteers that serves Northwestern's community of graduate students and PostDocs. We have been officially recognized by Northwestern since 2013. Our aim is to promote a sense of community among Northwestern's different schools and campuses and to be close to the needs and wishes of our colleagues. Beyond social activities, and the organization of Northwestern's largest interdisciplinary symposium, we also arrange career events to help Northwestern's graduate students and PostDocs achieve a successful career outside academia. If you wish to become an active member or learn more about our other activities, please visit www.nupf.org.
The Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA) is a student organization that encompasses graduate students in various science programs on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. The CGSA exists to provide a forum to address the academic, social, and advocacy needs of graduate students on the Chicago campus, as well to promote interactions with groups on the Evanston campus. Like our colleagues from the Postdoctoral Forum, we appreciate data science. We are even organizing a workshop on Software Carpentry with Northwestern's IT services on April 24. Thus, we did not hesitate when they invited us to become co-organizers of this data science career evening. This will be the first event we have organized with NUPF. If you wish to become an active member or learn more about our other activities, please visit http://sites.northwestern.edu/cgsa.
If you have a question or comment, please contact us by email at
Main organizers (members of NUPF):
Luca Lonini – a computer scientist, who uses data from wearables and smartphones to quantify patient outcomes (page).
Thomas Stoeger – a data science scholar of Northwestern's Data Science Initiative. He likes biased knowledge (page).