Data Initiatives Team


About the Program

The Data Initiatives program provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to work with real data. The Data Initiatives Team provides a valuable service to the EKU community, as Data Analysis consultants are students specifically trained to support students, faculty, and staff on research and analysis projects. The team follows best practices in data initiatives that will improve how researchers across campus think about data collection, data visualization, and data initiatives. The team is interdisciplinary in that consultants across departments work together on each project to generate a high quality end product. Through the Data Initiatives program students gain valuable experience, develop their technical skills, and improve their chances of accessing high quality jobs in an increasingly data-driven world. 

Data Initiatives Consultant Expectations

Undergraduate Data Initiatives consultants work on research and analyses projects under the mentorship of graduate students and faculty members. Students work in a tier system in which junior consultants (first semester students) are mentored by senior consultants (third semester students). Furthermore, consultants are assigned to projects in teams so they always have a person to brainstorm with. The Data Initiatives coordinator will assign different teams to different projects. The expectations for the consultant include: 

  • Meet once per week with the Data Initiatives team 

  • Participate in the monthly meetings of the R User Group

  • Participate in training and professional development

  • Meet with researchers requesting a consultation at the Noel Studio

  • Work side-by-side with mentors to complete projects with real data

  • Clean, review, visualize, analyze, and report data

  • Complete the tasks assigned by the data initiatives coordinator and faculty mentor

  • Work with mentors to produce a “deliverable” for each project

Program Details

Consultants will be trained on best practices regarding data collection, data visualization, and statistical analyses. The goals of the Data Initiatives team are:

  • To expose students to real datasets to improve their research and analytical skills.

  • To facilitate the collection, maintenance, and access to data.  

  • To provide broad institutional support for conducting research. 

  • To create an infrastructure to provide analytical support in a sustained manner. 

  • To find external clients that pay discounted rates as students are doing most of the work. 

Data Initiatives Consultants work 7-12 hours per week. Weekly schedules will be set in advance before the semester begins and include:

  • Attend Data Initiatives meetings (1 hour per week)

  • Seminar (1 hour per week)

  • Consulting and project development (5-10 hours per week)

Schedules will be set in advance in collaboration with the Noel Studio, graduate students, and faculty mentors.

Become a Data Analysis Consultant

Please email Dr. Russell Carpenter, Executive Director of the Noel Studio, if you are interested in applying for Data Analysis positions in the future.