eUSR 2021 - Program

Friday, November 5th, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Virtual Video Presentation Session

Presenters will be standing by from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (ET) to answer your questions. If you would like to post a comment, simply log in with one of the social media services listed or post as a guest by signing up with Disqus (first name and e-mail required).


12:00 p.m. – 12:10 p.m. (ET)
Opening Remarks

By Mine Dogucu, Assistant Professor of Teaching, University of California Irvine


12:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Plenary Talks by USPROC Award Winners

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Keynote Address
Data Science Career Catalysts

Abstract: My undergraduate and graduate math and statistics education provided a strong technical foundation for my data science career. However, in my transition from student to professional, I found that developing equally important non-technical skills allowed me to have more control over the direction and speed of my career trajectory. Fortunately, I met other professionals along the way who helped me to appreciate the value of networking, mentorship, and many other career catalysts that kickstart professional development. I also learned how to navigate around unspoken rules and expectations in corporate culture that can make or break a career. And, importantly, I eventually understood that public speaking can serve as a vehicle for forging professional partnerships and creating opportunities. In this talk, I will share my academic and professional journey and highlight the non-technical principles that helped to shape my career trajectory.

Sydeaka Watson, Senior Research Scientist (Data Scientist) at Eli Lilly and Company

Student Moderators: TBD


3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Graduate School Information Session

Shaina Mitchell, Assistant Professor at Northwestern University

Anarina Murillo, Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University

Jose Toledo, Ph.D. Student at University of California Los Angeles

Student Moderators: TBD


3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Panel Discussion About Careers

Claire Bowen, Lead Data Scientist at Urban Institute

Emily Robinson, Senior Data Scientist at Warby Parker

Michael M Thomas, Biostatistician at Georgia Department of Public Health, Ph.D. Student at Georgia Institute of Technology

Student Moderators: TBD


4:30 p.m. – 4:40 p.m. (ET)
Closing Remarks