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December 15, 2021

The Provost’s Office and the Undergraduate Academic Awards Office seek the nomination of outstanding seniors for the Theodore Herfurth and Teddy Kubly Awards for Comprehensive Undergraduate Excellence. Originally titled the Awards for Initiative and Efficiency, these are among the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate awards at UW-Madison.

Two awards of $2,000 are given annually to senior students who have made the most effective use of their time at UW-Madison. A committee comprised of faculty and staff, a former award recipient, and a representative of the donor’s family selects recipients based on four criteria:
  • Academic achievement
  • Leadership in significant and constructive extra-curricular activities
  • Financial self-support (employment, scholarships, etc.)
  • Effective oral and written communication
Nominated students must be enrolled during the spring 2022 semester and plan to graduate in May, August, or December of 2022.

Nomination Deadline: January 24, 2022.  Nominate a student here.

Upcoming Trainings & Workshops

Software Carpentry Workshop, The Data Science Hub
January 10-21, This workshop aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems. Register here.

Upcoming Seminars & Events

SILO Seminar Series,
December 15th, 12:30pm. Exploring the Limits of Large Scale Pre-Training with Hanie Sedghi
This semester there will be hybrid seminars, with both in-person and virtual (Zoom) participation.The number of in-person attendees will be limited to 20 people (we will possibly increase this number later in the semester). In person will be notified the Tuesday before each SILO.

Student Opportunities

New Course: ECE 826: Theoretical Foundations of Large Scale Machine Learning
TR 9:30-10:45am. Instructor: Dimitris Papailiopoulos. Check out the syllabus here.

Join UW Data Science Club's Executive Board
The UW Data Science Club is looking for more members to join our executive board next semester. We will be conducting short interviews starting December 22nd. Apply here.

Summer Research Assistant/Associate/Internship, Center for Computational Biology
CCB seeks motivated individuals to join our team as seasonal, full-time research interns working in one or more of our active areas of research, which include: Biophysical Modeling, Developmental Dynamics, Genomics, Structural and Molecular Biophysics, Systems Biology. Interns will be assigned a primary mentor and research group within the center, and will participate in research group’s meetings and seminars. They will also participate in other center- and Flatiron Institute-wide activities such as guest lectures, training on use of the Institute’s robust scientific computing resources, and intern social activities. Learn more here.

Arm Research's Austin office is seeking an intern for summer 2022, with a focus on machine learning. This research-based opportunity is especially suitable for students currently in master's or doctoral programs with solid understanding of machine learning. Interested students should send their resume to Dibakar Gope (

Scholarships and Fellowships for Undergraduates

Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowships and Holstrom Environmental Research Fellowships: support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2022 or the 2022-23 academic year. The student researcher receives $3,000, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $1,000 to help offset research costs. Students must have at least junior standing at the time of application. The Holstrom Fellowships require an environmental focus. The application deadline for both is February 14, 2022.

Sophomore Research Fellowships: support undergraduate research done in collaboration with UW–Madison faculty or research/instructional academic staff during summer 2022 or the 2022-23 academic year. The student researcher receives $2,500, and the faculty/staff research advisor receives $500 to help offset research costs. At the time of application, the student must be a sophomore, a freshman who will have more than 24 credits after May 2022, or a transfer student in their first year of attendance at UW-Madison. The application deadline is February 28, 2022.

Public Humanities Exchange for Undergraduates (HEX-U):  is a public humanities grant that provides training, mentoring, and funding for UW-Madison undergraduates as they plan and implement creative, humanities-inspired projects in the local community. The program creates a bridge for the students to collaborate with a community partner (public library, museums, schools, non-governmental organizations, community centers, etc.) to execute projects that identify and respond to community needs. Each student or team of students receive a $600 stipend award, up to $2000 in project funds, and mentorship from staff. The spring application deadlines are February 3 and March 31, 2022.

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships: are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working towards addressing a challenge identified along with a local or global community partner. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community advisor at a community organization and a UW–Madison faculty or academic staff member. Projects can receive up to $7,000 in total funding and students receive 3 academic credits. The application deadline for 2022-23 fellowships is February 11, 2022. There is a priority deadline of January 28, 2022 for applicants seeking proposal feedback from the Wisconsin Idea Fellowship Advisor.

Professional Opportunities

On Campus
This position will contribute to a research agenda set by a lead researcher by preparing data sets, analyzing them using data science techniques, and presenting the results. The incumbent will implement appropriate data science techniques under the guidance of other data scientists, statisticians, and/or other researchers to find data patterns and answer research questions chosen by the lead researcher including data visualization, statistical analysis, machine learning, and data mining. Apply by December 27.

The Radiology Informatics Data Scientist will work closely with Dr. John Garrett and other staff. Dr. Garrett's research focuses on developing novel tools for radiological imaging, leveraging new tools and technologies such as deep learning, with a particular emphasis on translation of novel techniques into clinical practice. The Radiology Informatics Data Scientist will be responsible for data cleaning and management, the development and maintenance of clinical research databases, helping develop and deploy novel imaging tools, and disseminating new knowledge through abstracts, posters, presentations, and manuscripts. Apply by December 26.

The CHDR seeks a data scientist to support a federally funded multi-site project examining the impact of neighborhood disadvantage on brain health outcomes (The Neighborhoods Study: Contextual Disadvantage and Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias). The successful applicant will work with Center for Health Disparities Research and Betthauser Lab team members to intake and organize PET and MR neuroimaging data, and develop, implement, and maintain automated MR and PET neuroimaging processing pipelines. For more information about this position and to apply, visit this site.

Off Campus
The Geospatial Data Technician provides timely access to Harvard Library’s collections of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) datasets and digital geospatial resources by coordinating and performing geospatial data creation, processing, and ingest activities and by contributing to geospatial metadata production workflows. The Geospatial Data Technician tracks the status of datasets within complex production workflows ensuring the efficient and accurate deposit of data and metadata into the Harvard Geospatial Library (HGL) for access and discovery. Datasets include vector and raster data layers from various sources, and scanned, georeferenced paper maps from the Harvard Map Collection. For more information and to apply, visit this site.
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