8f4f5cb0275425dbe17ffcd54414fc90Winona State University Statistics Research Experience for Undergraduate program, also known as Winstats REU, was awarded funding from the National Science Foundation via the American Statistical Association. Silas Bergen, Chris Malone and Brant Deppa collaborated to write the application for this special opportunity to support REU.

WSU is one of three universities who received this award for next summer. This will allow four students to experience an in-depth research program with each receiving an $8000 stipend for the 10-week-long experience.

Students in Winstats REU will have the chance to take part in learning statistical methodology and conducting research through a collaborative effort between students, faculty and the Minnesota Population Center. The proposed research problems are motivated from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series International project at the Minnesota Population Center. Students will develop important new metrics and data visualizations to assist users of IPUMS-I.

The first few weeks will involve workshops that are custom designed by WSU statistics and data science faculty on a variety of topics. Research includes supervised and unsupervised learning, data management, data visualization and statistical software tools.  The last part of the REU program will be focused on students designing data visualization and summarization tools for IPUMS-I.

The ASA created this opportunity with the goal to promote undergraduate research in statistics.

For more information, email Silas Bergen.

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