Data Initiatives Team

Data Initiatives Team

Through Data Initiatives students gain valuable experience, develop their technical skills, and improve their chances of accessing high quality jobs in an increasingly data-driven world.

Consultant Expectations

Data Initiatives consultants work on research and analyses projects under the mentorship of the Data Initiatives Coordinator and a diverse group of 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 expectations for the consultants 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 Data Initiatives consultations

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

  • Clean, review, visualize, analyze, and report data using R/RStudio

  • Create surveys and collect data using Qualtrics

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

  • Work with the team 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 Data Initiatives are:

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

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

  • To provide broad institutional support for conducting research. 

  • To create an infrastructure for research support in a sustained manner. 

Become a Data Initiatives Consultant

Please email Dr. Russell Carpenter, Assistant Provost, if you are interested in applying for Data Initiatives positions in the future: