Accepting Applications for Math-to-Industry Boot Camp II

Past participants engage in a team-building activity.

The IMA is pleased to announce the second year of its successful Math-to-Industry Boot Camp, a six-week summer program designed to provide graduate students with training and experience that is valuable for employment outside of academia.

Participants can expect to be introduced to basics of programming, data analysis, and mathematical modeling during the first three weeks of camp. Soft skills training, such as team work, project management, and making presentations, is also included.

The second half of the camp focuses on two team-based projects. The first is a small-scale project designed to introduce the concept of solving an open-ended problem with a short deadline, and the capstone project is posed by industry scientists. Both projects conclude with presentations developed for non-mathematicians in order to give practice in that area.

Last year, industry projects included a remote ECG-monitoring wearable device from VivaQuant, using human guided machine vision to detect roads from Oneirix Labs, predicting asthma triage based on patient health from Revon Systems, creating a universal identifier for users and customers from Target, and other engaging challenges.

“Students who don’t have a computational or modeling background can participate in the camp and work on projects – we do this by providing training to get them ready for the projects,” explained IMA Director Fadil Santosa.

Last year’s boot camp proved to be a beneficial experience when it came to securing new industry opportunities for past participant Kristina Martin (North Carolina State University), who obtained a summer internship in data science at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Keith Rush (University of Wisconsin, Madison), who was offered a job with the Milwaukee Brewers as their senior manager, data science for the club’s business operations.

“My first project at the boot camp focused on data science, so I had some experience in implementation that I could discuss during the interview – which was very technical,” Martin said. “Altogether, I would say the boot camp provided a great rubric for me to use in order to further develop my skills and also to know what specific skills are of interest to industry and data science in particular.”

“At the IMA, I was given a real-world project to work on, something that involved some coding and machine learning. Because this is the kind of work I'll be doing, it was very helpful to have a project under my belt that I was able to talk about – the issues that came up, the timeframe, and so on,” Rush added.

The deadline to apply online is February 17, 2017.