Upcoming workshops, informational sessions, events, & conferences

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    Workshops and other research skill-building opportunities

    Duke Undergraduate Summer Opportunities List
    Undergraduate summer programs, projects, research and more. Many opportunities provide full or partial funding. No registration required.
    Visit: https://undergrad.duke.edu/summer-opportunities-fair 

    Proposal Studio on Structured Data Analyses, Part 1
    Monday, March 29, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Proposal concepts will include traumatic brain injury in Tanzania, claims analysis for Ghana/Nigeria, and hip fracture readmissions. Register at https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/common/show/21/175410.

    An Introduction to Topic Modeling in R with Chris Bail
    Wednesday, March 31, 12:30 - 1:30 PM
    This seminar will discuss one of the most popular techniques for automatically identifying latent or hidden themes in text: topic models. We will begin with a brief, high-level introduction to Latent Dirichlet Allocation but spent most of the hour discussing how to write code to perform topic modeling on a corpus of political statements. This webinar will cover both conventional LDA as well as Structural Topic Modeling— a more recent technique that employs meta-data to improve classification of documents according to latent themes or topics. This course assumes a basic working knowledge of R, and the content covered in an earlier “Introduction to Text Analysis” webinar that covers text preprocessing and creating document-term matrices. This event is sponsored and organized by +Data Science (+DS). Register at https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/common/show/21/175409.

    Applying Deep Learning to Biological Sequence Data (A two-part basic sciences session) with Akshay Bareja
    Wednesday, April 7 & Thursday, April 8, 4:30-5:30 PM
    Recurrent neural networks (RNNs) are a class of neural networks that can process sequential data, such as text. RNNs have been successfully applied to many natural language processing tasks, including text generation, classification, and translation. In this two-part vLE, we will first introduce you to RNNs and their specific application to biological sequence data. In the second part, we will demonstrate how to build an RNN using PyTorch that can predict protein function based on amino acid sequence data. This event is sponsored and organized by +Data Science (+DS).
    Part 1: What is a recurrent neural network? Register at https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/common/show/21/175402
    Part 2: Implementing an RNN to predict protein function from sequence. Register at https://training.oit.duke.edu/enroll/common/show/21/175403
    Note: If you would like a basic introduction to neural networks, please go through the Week 1 material of the course "Introduction to Machine Learning" on Coursera.  https://www.coursera.org/learn/machine-learning-duke

    Visible Thinking - Undergraduate Research Symposium
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    Machine Learning Virtual Summer School
    June 14-17, 2021
    Registration is now open for the 2021 Duke Machine Learning Virtual Summer School (MLvSS), which will be held in a virtual format June 14-17, 2021.
    The 3.5 day curriculum in the MLvSS is targeted to individuals interested in learning about machine learning, with a focus on recent deep learning methodology. The MLvSS will introduce the mathematics and statistics at the foundation of modern machine learning, and provide context for the methods that have formed the foundations of rapid growth in artificial intelligence (AI). Additionally, the MLvSS will provide hands-on training in the latest machine learning software, using the widely used (and free) PyTorch framework. The MLvSS is particularly well-suited to members of academia and industry, including students and trainees, who seek a thorough introduction to the methods of machine learning, including interpretation and commentary by respected leaders in the field.
    Learn more at https://plus.datascience.duke.edu/mlvss2021.

    Past Grant Writing Workshop
    Powerpoint: Grant Writing Workshop Powerpoint
    Past Getting Started in Research Event
    Hosted by the URS Office Director, Dean Sarah Russell and Directors of Academic Engagement, the Getting Started in Research Workshop focuses on types of research experiences available for Duke Undergraduates and helps students connect to opportunities for research.

    Past Events Held Annually:
    November- Summer Opportunites Fair, Location: Penn Pavilion
    October - Majors Fair, Location: Penn Pavilion


    Communicating your results is a critical part of the research experience.

    Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) held by Harvard University on January 24-26, 2021. 
    NCRC is a large-scale, multidisciplinary conference held annually at Harvard University, where accomplished undergraduate students from across the United States and internationally convene each year to share their research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  The core vision behind the conference is to provide student researchers with the opportunity to hear from the world’s leading authorities in academia, policy, and industry, as well as to foster important exchanges and dialogue between students. Last year, after being selected through a competitive application process, over 200 participants from nearly 75 universities across America and abroad attended the conference. NCRC, hopes to expand the perspective of undergraduate researchers through offering exposure to diverse fields and to facilitate the discourse on collaboration, leadership, and social impact in research that will be invaluable in future pursuits. 

    Speakers include Dr. Michael Rosbash (Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine), Dr. Barbara Liskov (Professor of Computer Science at MIT), Dr. Sylvester James Gates (President of the American Physical Society, Past President of the National Society of Black Physicists, and National Medal of Science Recipient/Advisor to Obama), and Dr. Holden Thorp (Editor-in-Chief of the Science Family of Journals, American Association for the Advancement of Science).

    The application deadline for general applications is December 21st, 2020 (11:59PM EST). The application fee has been waived for this year, and they are encouraging both presenters and non-presenters to apply.

    Find the application and further information on their website https://www.hcura.org/about-ncrc

    Significant Undergraduate Conferences:
    February 10-13, 2021 - College Arts Association Annual Conference, Location: New York City, NY
    Late March or Early April 2021-ACC Meeting of the Minds, Location:  Chapel Hill, NC
    April 2021 - Visible Thinking, Duke Undergraduate Research Symposium, Location: Penn Pavilion 
    March 26-28, 2020- National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Location:  Bozeman, MT
    April 10-12, 2020 - Stanford Research Conference (SRC), Location: Stanford, CA (Stanford University)
    April 24, 2021 - Collegiate Association for Inequality Research (CAIR) Conference on Inequality and Social Justice - Location: Virtual, hosted by Wake Forest University
    Past Events Held Annually:
    October 30-November 2 2019 National Diversity in STEM Conference (October 30-31 - Modern Math Workshop) Honolulu, Hawaii
    November 13-16, 2019 - Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Location: Anaheim, California
    November 23, 2019 - State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research & Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS), Location: 2020 Virtual Conference, No Registration Fee
    June 19-22, 2019 - Conference for African American Researchers in Mathematical Sciences- Location: Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    November 14-17, 2018- Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), Location: Indianapolis, IN
    April 9, 2020 - NC Breathe: Health, Equity and the Climate Crisis in North Carolina, Location: Charlotte, NC (UNC Charlotte)