Keep Calm and Analyze Data
The CCS Student Mentors program is a peer mentorship program in computational science, coordinated and sponsored by CCS. Mentors are a network of computationally advanced students, available first by email, then by appointment as needed to obtain help with specific questions regarding data and its analysis.
Our Vision for the Program
We believe that a vibrant and thriving computational community at UM can accelerate research workflows for wet labs as well as dry labs, turn data into knowledge, and open up questions that become tangible with advanced computing tools.
Our vision for the CCS Student Mentors Program is to operate as a nucleus of computational activity at UM by fast-tracking computational experiments towards results and, perhaps more importantly, providing a mechanism for the UM computational community to flourish through the connection of researchers, the exchange of ideas and formation of collaborations.
Benefits of the Program
The CCS Student Mentors program:
- operates as a unified nucleus of computational activity for the University, contributing to the creation of a culture of utilizing the power of computational approaches in solving problems
- offers an avenue for student mentors to gain valuable experience and training in mentorship before they graduate
- provides a framework in which to monitor problems that come up consistently, therefore enabling the development of trainings that address those problems
- gives structure to the peer mentorship that is already happening, and formalizes giving credit to the student mentors who dedicate time to serving their community
- accelerates computational troubleshooting and therefore the pace of research for those who tap into the Program.
-Need help with your script?
-Are you getting error messages that don’t make sense?
-Do you have data and don’t know where to start?
Student Mentors can help!
Although we understand that (especially when you are just getting started) the documentation alone may not be written in an accessible way, we encourage you to come to the Mentors with a specific question, a specific error message, or a specific problem you are trying to solve.
The CCS Student Mentors GitHub Wiki, written by the founding Mentors, is currently being updated.
Areas of Expertise
The CCS Student Mentors Program extends its services to all Schools and Colleges at UM, and welcomes the connections between diverse sets of disciplines based on the common ground of computational tools and methods. The program currently includes mentors from computational biology and marine science, and it is our hope that it will expand into more disciplines as the computational methods employed in these fields become more commonplace.
In case you’re wondering . . . Should I learn Python or R or both?
Get in Touch
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. This will create a ticket in our system, someone will respond within a day or so. If your query is not resolved by email, and you need a meeting, we’re happy to find a time to meet with you.
Prospective Student Mentors need to have expertise in a minimum of 3 computational techniques. Once selected, Mentors will be expected to attend a training session to go over the guidelines and the resources available. To apply, please fill out the CCS Student Mentors Application Form. The program coordinator, Dr. Athina Hadjixenofontos, will contact your academic advisor or PI. Cleared students will be selected as CCS Student Mentors by the Steering Committee (which is made up of current CCS Student Mentors and Dr. Hadjixenofontos).