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DataLab @ TAMU

Applications for the January 2021 DataLab are now OPEN! Apply by November 13th, 2020


Director: Dr. Brittany N. Perry

Read a recent article by Dr. Perry  for the American Political Science Association explaining the impact of DataLab @ TAMU

Motivation and Program Description:
DataLab is designed to provide access to data science training and prepare students for post-graduate programs.

During the two-day workshop, students gain hands-on experience managing, visualizing, analyzing, and interpreting data in Stata (statistical software for data science). Under the guidance of a professional instructor (Enrique Pinzon, Associate Director of Econometrics at Stata) and graduate student assistants, participants work through sample datasets, solve practice problems, and develop skills to apply to their own research and future pursuits.

Students are also exposed to current academic research and introduced to academic careers during keynote research talks by TAMU faculty. They meet with other TAMU political science faculty, spend time with TAMU PhD students, and speak with the Political Science graduate director about PhD programs and the application and selection processes.


Praise from past participants: 

I can safely say that it’s been the opportunity of a lifetime, and I learned immensely. It also reaffirmed me that this is something I can definitely see myself doing at a graduate level. And cemented Texas A&M as a top choice for me.

“I like that the mentors were always by our side and willing to answer any kind of questions…. that the professor knew how to answer questions in both Spanish and English…that the professors that were invited to speak were honest, humble, young and inspiring.”

“I enjoyed the small environment because it gave a one on one feeling.  The large amount of information provided to us was great.”

Students at DataLab

All undergraduates with an interest in political science research are welcome to apply.  It is preferred that students have passed an introductory research methods course (this is POLS 209 at TAMU or an equivalent).

We strongly encourage applications from students from traditionally underrepresented groups in political science.  This includes women, LGBTQ+, first-generation students, and students of color. Please note that Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.