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Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences



Matched Pairs and Make the Most of Your Summer (April 2, 2018)

This was our kick-off event for our new initiative: Matched Pairs! Part of the Data Science Experience, Matched Pairs is a way for students of all levels in the Statistics & Data Science Department to connect and communicate. Our event included food, fun, and community. Beginning in Fall 2018, we are going to pair up undergraduates, Masters students, and PhD students into mentor-mentee pairs to foster a community of students of different levels and backgrounds.


Women in Data Science Pittsburgh @CMU (March 9, 2018)

Women in Data Science Pittsburgh @CMU. With over 120 registrants, Women in Statistics, along with the Statistics and Data Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University hosted Women in Data Science Pittsburgh @CMU conference for the first time. Speakers included exclusively women researchers from nearby universities and companies. A main feature of this conference was a networking lunch with 17 different institutions. Check out the article in the news here! Join us next year.



Meeting (February 21, 2018)

Items on the agenda included volunteering for the Women in Data Science Pittsburgh @CMU, plans for the upcoming kick-off event and undergraduate panel Matched Pairs, and info on upcoming conferences including JSM and WSDS.



2018 Organizational Meeting (January 17, 2018)

We hosted a lunch with our members in order to discuss the upcoming year and events we wanted to host. Items on the agenda included ProSEED/Crosswalk grants, plans for an undergraduate panel in the Spring, encouragement to apply for the Gertrude Cox scholarship, upcoming conferences including JSM and WSDS, and meetings with faculty.



ProSEED/Crosswalk Brainstorming Session (November 16, 2017)

ProSEED/Crosswalk grants award up to $2,500 for initiatives to "ProSEED/Crosswalk grants is now open. Funds, typically ranging from $500 - $2,500, may be requested by any member of the CMU Community to support the development of new initiatives in areas such as quality of life, service learning, student competitions, development of new courses, entrepreneurial activities, and pilot projects." We discussed and outlined a proposal for a Women in Statistics program to benefit students from a variety of backgrounds on campus.



Department Holiday Party (December 15, 2017)

Celebrated the holidays and end of the Fall semester with faculty, staff, and students within the department.



ProSEED/Crosswalk Brainstorming Session (November 16, 2017)

ProSEED/Crosswalk grants award up to $2,500 for initiatives to "ProSEED/Crosswalk grants is now open. Funds, typically ranging from $500 - $2,500, may be requested by any member of the CMU Community to support the development of new initiatives in areas such as quality of life, service learning, student competitions, development of new courses, entrepreneurial activities, and pilot projects." We discussed and outlined a proposal for a Women in Statistics program to benefit students from a variety of backgrounds on campus.



Visit with alumna and current post-doc Sam Adhikari (October 30, 2017)

Sam Adhikari, a CMU PhD Graduate (2016), and current post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Healthcare Policy and the Department of Biostatistics at Harvard Medical School returned to spend a day with students and share her experiences post-grad school.


Women in Statistics present: Applying to grad school (October 20, 2017)

We held a panel with advice and tips on applying to grad school. Moderator: Amanda Luby (fourth year). Panel: Maria Jahja (first year), Theresa Gebert (first year), Xiaoyi Yang (second year), Kayla Frisoli (third year), and Xiao Hui Tai (third year). Special guest: Professor Rebecca Nugent.



Women in Statistics Conference (October 19-21, 2017)

Xiao Hui Tai presented at the conference in San Diego, CA. She said, "There were many interesting and inspiring talks, where amazing women shared candidly about the paths they had taken and the struggles that they had faced. My personal favorite was a keynote by Donna Brogan, where she talked about how she couldn't get a job in statistics in the 1960s, because they were advertised for men only! She instead went to graduate school and had a long and illustrious academic career. It was also refreshing to see a few scattered men in a roomful of women, and that took some getting used to."


Third annual wine and cheese night (October 6, 2017)

We planned our events for the semester at Kayla's house. We met with our new first years and set our goals for the semester.


JSM 2018: Baltimore, MD (July 31- August 5, 2017)

We went to JSM where we presented, learned a lot, and shared a house.



Women in Statistics Conference (October 20, 2016)

Shannon Gallagher and Purvasha Chakravarti presented at a panel at the conference about the creation and challenges of the CMU Women in Statistics group.


Wine and cheese night (September 9, 2016)

We planned our events for the semester at Jackie, Amanda, and Maria's house. All but three of the PhD students came.


SAMSI Spring Opportunities Workshop for Women in Math Sciences (April 6-8, 2016)

Several of the members of the Women in Statistics group attended the SAMSI workshop this spring. It was a great experience to network with other women in the mathematical sciences and learn about job opportunities in academia, the government, and industry.


Women statisticians visit the Winchester Thurston High School (March 3, 2016)

On March 3rd Purvasha Chakravarti, Kayla Frisoli, and Shannon Gallagher visited Winchester Thurston High School in Pittsburgh, PA. They spoke to high school students about the numerous opportunities in the field of statistics. They shared interesting applied projects from areas including international government, health, fashion, and medicine. They also discussed what a statistics major might look like at the undergraduate and graduate level. They enjoyed answering student questions and sharing their unique perspective on what it's like to be a statistician!


Alumnae meeting with Dalene Stangl (January 26, 2016)

We had dinner at the house of Professor Dalene Stangl of the Statistics department at Duke University. She is an alumna from the CMU Statistics department, and she has been involved in organizing the women in statistics events. The PhD students asked her questions about life after graduation, and she gave us great advice. All but three of the PhD students came.


Wine and cheese night (October 3, 2015)

We planned our events for the semester at Francesca and Sam's house. All but two of the PhD students came.


Coffee hour at the statistics department (March 19, 2015)

We met for an hour to speak about issues specific to women in statistics. Professors Kathryn Roeder and Xizhen Cai came.


Kickoff dinner at The Porch (February 12, 2015)

We had dinner at a restaurant near the department to discuss what we wanted the Women in Statistics group to be. Professors Isabella Verdinelli, Amelia Haviland, and Alexandra Chouldechova came.