Apply for Summer 2017 Analytics Fellowships in Boston

Looking for opportunities in data science? Check out the 2017 Boston Summer Analytics Fellowships! The city offers Data and Performance Fellowships, Data Science Fellowships, and Data Engineering Fellowships. Fellows will work on predictive models of restaurant health violations and opioid overdoses, analyzing the diversity of the City’s workforce and vendors, experimental testing of strategies for engaging new residents, and a number of other exciting projects. These positions are open to both undergraduate and graduate students in any major, though applicants with technical or quantitative majors are generally preferred. The deadline to apply is December 30, 2016


TA Positions Open for 2016-2017

COLL 100 Breaking Intuition is hiring new Teaching Assistants for Fall and Spring semesters. Qualifications include working knowledge of basic R functions (R language and writing R code) and statistical analysis. TA’s are required to attend lab sections Wednesday mornings from about 9-12:30 and hold office hours. TA’s will help answer lab assignment questions and grade lab work. The labs focus on machine learning and statistical analysis methods, causal inference, big data correlations, forecasting, and ensemble modeling. There are 5 lab assignments and 75 total students. Stipends pay about $2,000 per semester. Please contact Steve Shellman at for interest. Send CV/resume and can also request a copy of the draft syllabus. Dr. Shellman is travelling and may be slower than usual to respond but will replay as soon as possible with information and can answer questions when available.


Register for the Crack the Code Conference 2016

Interested in spending an afternoon in DC talking about data analytics? Check out the Crack the Code conference, a gathering of women and gender non-binary researchers interested in careers in progressive data, analytics, and technology. The conference will take place from 1:30-5:30 pm on Friday, November 18 at 2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC. Registration is free! Check out the conference website and register here if you’re interested.


Apply to Present at the PI Sigma Alpha Conference

Interested in representing W&M’s chapter at the Pi Sigma Alpha research conference? Pi Sigma Alpha is a national undergraduate political science honors society that seeks to promote undergraduate research and networking. The Fourth Annual Pi Sigma Alpha Conference will take place in Washington from February 17-18, 2017. Sessions are run similar to a professional conference with political science graduate students serving as chairs and discussants. Full details are online at deadline for submission is November 15. Contact Professor Rapoport at if you’re interested.


Apply Now to be a Weingartner Global Fellow

Interested in deliberative democracy? Then check out the application for the Weingarter Global Fellows program! All W&M undergraduates are invited to apply to be named Weingartner Global Fellows for the 2017 calendar year. Online applications are due by Friday, November 18, 2016.

Weingartner Fellows will coordinate the Weingartner Initiative in Deliberative Democracy (WIDD) in the spring and fall terms, 2017. Fellows will learn about the political theory and practice of deliberative democracy and select a topic for multiple 12-person deliberations to be held on campus next fall. 2016 Weingartner Fellows are currently conducting deliberations on the topic of “What Should We Do About Mass Shootings.” Fellows will receive 2 credits in both the spring and fall semesters, 2017. In addition, interested Weingartner Fellows will have the opportunity to receive funding in summer, 2017 to work on the “issue book” summarizing alternative policy approaches to the topic the group has selected.

For more information about applying, see:

The online application can also be found at the link below:

If you have questions please contact Joel Schwartz (


Public Lecture: The Science Communication Problem: One Good Explanation, Four Not so Good Ones, and a Fitting Solution

This talk will focus on a paradox: from the dangers posed by climate change to the hazards of nuclear power, from the impact of allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns to the efficacy of the HPV vaccine—human beings have never in history possessed so much knowledge about the risks they face but agreed so little about what they actually know.  Using the methods of the science of science communication, this talk will critically evaluate various explanations for public conflict over societal risks.

Speaking at the talk will be Professor Dan Kahan of the Yale Law School & Department of Psychology. Professor Kahan’s research focuses on the tendency of individuals to conform their beliefs about disputed matters of fact (e.g., whether global warming is a serious threat; whether the death penalty deters murder; whether gun control makes society more safe or less) to values that define their cultural identities. More information about his research can be found at


Submit Papers to the Yale Undergraduate Journal of Economics and Politics

The Yale Undergraduate Journal of Economics and Politics is currently in the process of soliciting pieces on economics and political science for its inaugural edition, to be released in November of this year. The journal accepts submissions of any length, as long as the subject matter is topical.  Possible submissions could include research papers, essays, articles, and theses, written for either a class or an independent project. The deadline to submit a paper for our fall issue is October 14th, 2016. Submit your work via our website,


SNaPP Lab Seeking Research Assistant Applications, Deadline 8/24/16

Are you interested in political behavior, the study of why people think, act, and feel the way they do about politics? Would you like to be involved in collaborative research with other students, working directly with a professor? Applications to become a research assistant in the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab are now being accepted.

For more information on the SNaPP Lab, please visit our website: Information about applying can be found at Applications should be submitted through the Tribe Careers site ( Search for “SNaPP Lab Research Assistant,” position #22568

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, August 24th at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Professor Jaime Settle at with any questions.


Free Course in R Programming

If you’re interested in learning programming for R, then check out “Programming in R for Data Science,” a free course offered by Microsoft and the Technical University of Denmark. In 4 weeks, you’ll learn R language fundamentals and how to read, write, and work with data in R. You’ll also learn how to perform predictive analytics and how to create visualizations using ggplot2 package. For information on the program, click here. Haven’t got four weeks to spend? Try the SSRMC’s own R module here.


AlphaVu Looking for Junior Analyst

If you’re interested in data-mining and social network analysis, check out the junior analyst position at AlphaVu, located in Washington, DC. They’re a fast-growing company that mines unstructured data to generate real-time market and political intelligence for a variety of fields. Ideal candidates for the junior analyst position should have experience with quantitative social network analysis, business writing, report generation, and presentation skills. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to