Northwestern Data Science Career Evening
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 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 a graduate student organization focusing on data science and Northwestern's largest volunteer organization of postdocs. 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/graduate students is aiming for a career in data science.
Registration is mandatory to ensure a high quality of interactions.
If your organization or company would like to participate in our reception, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Tuesday May 15th, 2018
Pritzker School of Law,
375 E Chicago Ave, 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 Lowden Hall
Detailed program below
4.10 p.m. – 4.30 p.m. Registration
Lincoln Auditorium (Ground floor)
4.30 p.m. – 4.40 p.m. Introduction
4.40 p.m. – 5.20 p.m. Keynote Lecture by Ryan Fukushima COO – TEMPUS
5.20 p.m. – 5.45 p.m. Lecture by Ashley Purdy – METIS
5.45-7.00pm: Panel Discussion moderated by Prof. Satyender Goel (Feinberg School of Medicine, HealthLNK)
Chris Kucharczyk (Data Scientist – IDEO)
Dr. Khan Siddiqui (CTO and co-founder – higi)
Dr. Stacy Lindau (CIO and founder – NowPow)
Joe Germuska (Data Scientist and WNUR-FM – Conference of the Birds radio host - NU KnightLab)
7.00 p.m. – 7.05 p.m. Closing Remarks
Lowden Hall (Ground floor)
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 METIS giving a 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. We will have a short session outlined opportunities to become involved in Chicago's or Northwestern's data science community.
Domain Specificity: Learn about industry-specific expectations and requirements through a panel discussion. Panelists are from IDEO, Tempus, NowPow, the Knight Lab.... Join us during the networking reception, which will encourage focused discussions.
If you want to learn about the possibilities to become actively involved in future volunteer-led data science events at Northwestern please contact Thomas Stoeger, NUPF's membership officer and postdoc of Northwestern's data science initiative. If you wished to stay informed about graduate student and PostDoc events, or become actively involved in them, visit site of BIDS (BIDS 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.
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 Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) student group is a student organization that encompasses graduate students in various science programs on Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. The purpose of the Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (BIDS) Student Group is to create a community for biomedical informatics and data science students across Northwestern University’s Evanston and Chicago campuses. The main goals of the group are as follows:
If you have a question or comment, please contact us by email at
Tess Pottinger (BIDS) – a graduate student and data scientist studying the genetics of heart failure.
Sarah Ben Maamar (NUPF) – a postdoc and data scientist studying microbiomes.
Additional help (last year's organizers):
Luca Lonini (NUPF)
Thomas Stoeger (NUPF)