Justin Post
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Having a strong undergraduate research program is important to the university, college, and department. As a university, NCSU wants to be the state university system's school of choice for students who want a research-rich undergraduate education. As a department we believe that undergraduate research is an essential part of the curriculum and that every student should get involved as early and often as they can.

By engaging in research and communication of this research, students will begin to look at their work in different ways, to develop new ideas for future projects, and to improve their personal communication skills.

Independent research with the goal of creating a publically-accessible product is beneficial for all undergraduates, regardless of discipline or future career plans. Students will gain tangible experience in addressing real-world problems, increasing their overall value to prospective employers. A recent survey of employers demonstrates that skills and aptitudes gained through research are highly valued in the workplace.

A good undergraduate research project for a statistics major should including using software, striking demonstrations, (hopefully) real-data analysis, and effective communication, both oral and written.

Of course not everyone is ready to do effective research right away. It is my job to help provide resources and facilitate projects so that they will be successful both for faculty and students.

Here are 5 skills needed for every undergraduate researcher.

If you are interested in a joining a community of students interested in undergraduate research, please visit the web site of the Undergraduate Research Student Advisory Council.

Below you will find resources for existing projects, upcoming projects, internships, and job postings.

Syllabus to help when creating a new project or starting a new semester.
Progress Form to help document meetings and future tasks.

Current Research Projects

  • Marschall Furman - Creating Resources for Teaching R (Adviser: Dr. Justin Post)
  • Emily Zucker - Retention of students in higher education (Adviser: Dr. Emily Griffith)
  • Kristie Kusibab - Implications of changing the Olympic marathon qualifying times (Adviser: Dr. Joe Guinness)
  • Allison Brooks - Design and analysis of Korean transliteration styles (Adviser: Dr. Jon Stallings)
  • Zack Tanner & Siran Fang - Top tennis players' careers (Advisers: Xuelian Zhu, Matt Weppler, Dr. Justin Post)
  • Daniel Briggs, Eric Maxon, & Siena Stevens (grad student Xin Chen) - Determing the best NBA coaches out of time-outs (Advisers: Michael Shields, Hanqi Zhu, Dr. Justin Post)
  • Ruixuan Song, Jason Thompson, & Graham Pash, (grad student Jiaxing Bao) - Investigating Passing and Running Trends in the NFL (Advisers: Matt Austin, Susheela Singh, Dr. Jason Osborne)
  • William Knapp - Identifying trends for local police in cases of force (Adviser: Dr. Justin Post)
  • Chris Nobblitt (grad student Xuelian Zhu) - Analyzing Fungicide Data (Adviser: Dr. Justin Post)

Available Projects in Our Department

Currently no available projects.

Fill out this form to be considered for a future project within the department.

Projects Outside Our Department

North Carolina Climate Office Projects (applications due 9am on February 15, 2016

The State Climate Office is a public-service center at NC State University with a mission for applied climate research, education, and extension services. We are currently recruiting for additional undergraduate students to learn and work on a number of projects beginning summer 2016. We are looking for students at all levels of experience with interest in applied weather and climate science.
Feel free to contact me for more information. To apply, submit your resume and a cover letter to Ryan Boyles.

Annual Undergraduate Research Speed Data-ing

An academic networking twist to speed dating. Please see this link for more info.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)
and Other Opportunities

REUs are usually great experiences where you work in small groups with other students on a math or stat problem. Often you don't need experience or background on the problem prior to the REU. There are a wide variety of topics so read through the options to find one that you like.

Older article to help you know if an REU could be right for you.

Websites with lists of REUs

List of NSF REU opportunities in Mathematical Sciences (look at keywords to find statistics).
American Mathematical Society list.
Page of math/stat REUs maintained by Iowa State.
Searchable database of science and math programs for undergrads.

Some Local Opportunities

Summer Institute in Biostatistics (SIBS)

We WILL be hosting our SIBS program June 6 - July 15, 2016.
We will begin accepting applications on January 4, 2016; the application deadline is March 4, 2016.

The Summer Institute for Training in Biostatistics (SIBS), sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is a 6-week program to give undergraduate students majoring in or with background in the quantitative sciences the opportunity to explore a career in biostatistics. Last Year's Program Flyer.

Education and Outreach at SAMSI (Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute)

SAMSI has a vibrant Education and Outreach (E&O) program which reaches about 150 undergraduate and graduate students each year (not including participation in research programs). The profoundly interdisciplinary research done at SAMSI is reflected in its E&O activities.

Activities at the undergraduate level:

Undergraduate modeling workshop. This week long event is hosted in May before longer type of activities (REUs) get started over the nation. Each year one specific problem involving complex data is considered (for instance flu data from the CDC and network models to investigate interactions between different CDC flu regions). SAMSI graduate fellows and postdocs are actively involved as mentors; SAMSI program participants deliver lectures.

Undergraduate outreach days. Most of the activities of the SAMSI research programs (workshops, working groups, courses) are not ideal for undergraduate students. Yet, these students can benefit from exposure to the cutting edge research done as part of every SAMSI program. The outreach days aim at filling that gap. During these day and a half workshops most of the material is presented by SAMSI postdocs, graduate students and SAMSI visitors.

Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

If you like mathematics and would like to learn how quantitative methods can be applied in the study of human health, consider applying to the Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The program will introduce you to the power and excitement of math applications to public health, medicine, and biology, and provide you experiences that will help inform your future career path.

Where You Can Present Your Work

NCUR (in Asheville), annually in the spring (April-ish). Student submission – late November, early December.
Posters on the Hill, annually in the spring (Student submission – Early November.)
Electronic Undergraduate Statistics Conference (annual in Fall).
SNCURCS (Location varies) October deadline.
UNCG regional math and stats conference (annual in the fall)
NC State Spring (summer as well) undergraduate research symposium (April, Summer July/Aug)
Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) (annual in August)
Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) (annual in January)

Article with tips for obtaining stats internships.

Broad Listings of Internships

The 2016 edition of the annual internship opportunities list, published each December by the American Statistical Association (ASA), was recently released. It can be viewed here.

Listing posted by the American Statistical Association.
AMS posting of internship opportunities.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics postings.

Local Internship at Chiltern posted: 3/29/16

The purpose of the internship program is to give the interns real programming and statistical work. They are trained in many areas of the industry and will actively participate in the analysis of real trials. The goal upon their graduation is to offer them a full time position with our company if they have performed well.

Contact Michael Stackhouse, Assitant Manager, Statistical Programmer.

Local Internship at Red Hat posted: 2/19/16

Red Hat's IT Analytics team is looking for an intern to join us in Raleigh, NC. In this role, you'll work closely with a senior data scientist and other business intelligence engineers to solve real world challenges in a fast-paced environment. We'll need you to have experience with R and SAS, as well as great communication and teamwork skills. This is a great opportunity to work in an open and creative environment while improving Red Hat's business with data analysis.

This role is part of Red Hat's 2016 summer intern program, which begins in mid-May and lasts 12 weeks. Contact Ian Firman with your contact information if you are interested.

Local Internship at Quintiles posted: 2/19/16

Internship opportunity for summer in the Biostatistics department at Quintiles. See posting at this link. Listing under Internship: Assoc Statistical Programmer - Job# 1601578.

Summer Program in Biostatistics & Computational Biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health posted: 2/19/16

The 3-month internship program is for post-bacs interested in or planning to attend a graduate degree program in biostatistics. Past summer program participants are encouraged to apply. Travel is provided and interns will receive a salary for their participation in the post-baccalaureate program. Interns will participate in collaborative research projects through three, one-month long rotations at academic and clinical centers at Harvard. They will attend regular seminars at Harvard and Dana Farber Cancer Institute on biostatistical topics. They will also attend the annual Pipelines Into Biostatistics Symposium in July 2016 and return the next summer to present their research at our 2017 Annual Symposium.

Job opportunity at NCSU Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources posted: 3/29/16

The Cooperative Tree Improvement Program in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University invites applications for a research associate position as Analyst/Database Manager. More information here.

Job opportunity at Quintiles posted: 2/19/16

Job openings in the Biostatistics department at Quintiles. See job posting at www.quintiles.com, look under careers, job posting "Statistical Programmer 1 - Job# 1601269.