Thursday, February 22, 2024

PALiISaDS Scholarship Opportunity

 The Statistics Department is excited to announce that 2024 applications are now open for the Pacific Alliance for Low-income Inclusion in Statistics and Data Science (PALiISaDS) scholarship program!

Established in 2022, PALiISaDS aims to increase STEM degree completion of low-income, high-achieving undergraduates. The alliance is composed of seven public universities located along the west coast of the United States. Funded by the National Science Foundation, PALiISaDS offers a cohort-based bridge program for statistics and/or data science (SDS) majors through their last two years of undergraduate study and first year of graduate school. 

Scholars receive need-based scholarships of up to $10,000 per year, academic and career support, and are introduced to a number of relevant topics and SDS professionals through monthly events. The support provided by PALiISaDS helps to bridge undergraduate and graduate programs in statistics and data science and includes an array of community-building activities, faculty and graduate student mentoring, help with grad school applications, and much more.


  • Junior standing in Fall 2024

  • US citizen, permanent resident, or refugee

  • Pell Grant eligible

  • Statistics and/or Data Science major or minor

  • Full-time student in good academic standing

Scholarships include:

  • Up to three years (two years undergrad, one year grad) of funding up to $10,000/year

  • Faculty and graduate student mentors

  • Monthly virtual community events

  • Opportunities to attend and present at annual S-STEM conferences

  • Grad school and employment application assistance

Applications for the 2024 cohort are now open and will close Monday, April 15, 2024. We will be holding two information sessions–Tuesday, March 5 @ 11AM and Monday, April 1 @ 4PM–and encourage all interested students to attend. To learn more or for help applying, please visit or contact
Andrew Schaffner

Pronouns he/him/his

Chair and Professor, Statistics Department

Bailey College of Science and Mathematics

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo CA

phone: 805-756-1545

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Cal Poly Blood Drives



My name is Logan Foster and I’m a junior here at Cal Poly. As part of the CP Red Cross Club, I’ve recently become aware of a national blood shortage that the American Red Cross has declared, as we’ve had the lowest number of people giving blood in over 20 years nationwide. As the vice president of the club, we’ve taken the initiative to try to spread the word and bring awareness to hopefully inspire students to give blood. Fortunately, as you may or not already be aware, Vitalant (a nonprofit blood drive organization) will be at Cal Poly over the next month for dorm students to be able to donate blood right on campus. Additionally, those who sign up to donate will receive a free T-shirt as well as a $10 gift card. 

I am writing this email to ask if you could potentially share this news in one of the department's weekly newsletters, or however else you would share larger events such as this. I have included the general flyer with a scannable QR code to sign up, as well as a slide that contains more information such as the actual dates and times Vitalant will be on campus. Additionally, I included the dates and times below should you want to include them in an email or on any announcement page. Thank you so much for your time and consideration.

2/7 @ PCV 2:00pm-6:00pm

2/12 @ Trinity Hall 2:30pm-6:00pm

2/15 @ Cerro Vista 1:30pm-5:00pm

2/21 @ Sierra Madre 2:00pm-6:00pm

2/29 @ Yakityutyu 1:30pm-5:30pm


Logan Foster

Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates

Please see the opportunity below:

Data Science Undergraduate Research Pathways (DSURP)   is a new program at Stanford that will take place this summer. It provides an opportunity for students without easy access to research at their home institutions to be paired with a mentor and faculty member to conduct research in data science over 8 weeks during the summer at Stanford. Participating students will also meet other undergraduate research peers, have the opportunity to attend research seminars, and present their work at the end of summer quarter session.

Students selected to participate in the program will receive a stipend of $6000.

The program is 8 weeks long from June 24–August 16, and applications are due by 11:59pm PST on March 3, 2024. We especially encourage students from non-R1 institutions to apply, and such students will receive priority selection.

Check out our web page and submit an application!

For any questions, please contact Daniel LeJeune,

Thursday, January 25, 2024

U-RISE at Cal Poly Program

 Please see the flyer below. Students interested in Biostatistics are encouraged to participate.

Friday, January 19, 2024

ISI-BUDS Funded Summer Program in Biostatistics and Data Science

Are you an undergraduate student who would like to gain hands-on experience in analyzing data collected from biomedical studies to help prevent and treat various diseases? Are you curious about career options and graduate degree opportunities in biostatistics and biomedical data science? If so, UCI is now accepting applications for its Irvine Summer Institute in Biostatistics and Undergraduate Data Science (ISI-BUDS

ISI-BUDS is a six-week summer program introducing undergraduate students to modern methodology and practice of biostatistics and data science. The program will highlight applications in cutting edge biomedical research, will train students in fundamentals of biostatistics, data science, and computing, and will culminate in a team project co-supervised by statisticians and biomedical scientists.

Support: there are no costs or fees associated with the program. Moreover, accepted participants will be provided with

  • up to $500 to cover travel expenses

  • free housing that includes a meal plan 

  • $1000 stipend for incidental expenses

Application: check your eligibility and apply here ( ). We strongly encourage applications from students from historically excluded groups.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Student Trainee (Data Scientist), GS-1599-7/9

 Student Trainee (Data Scientist), GS-1599-7/9

National Science Foundation
This is a paid internship opportunity under the Pathways Internship Program which provides students opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers.
At the National Science Foundation, you not only get a great place to work but you also have the chance to become part of cutting-edge innovation and discovery that is changing the world. Gain real-life experiences while expanding the frontiers of Science. Discover what your future could hold at the National Science Foundation.
As a Student Trainee (Data Scientist), GS-1599-7/9, you will perform the following duties:
  • Conduct statistical analysis, modeling, and simulation to identify efficiencies in NSF programs and operations by researching, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating difficult, but well precedented assignments.
  • Develop analytical approaches and analyzes data of qualitative, quantitative, structured, and data types using established techniques to select and modify appropriate methods of operation, analyze, and interpret results, and prepare reports.
  • Develop and monitor the application of models, tools, risk, and decision science techniques, operations research, mathematics, statistics, computer, and information sciences, economics, and related fields (e.g., quantitative policy analysis, data science, etc.) to develop and enhance NSF analytic capabilities under the guidance of a higher graded employee.
  • Manipulate existing databases using a relational database management system (Oracle, Microsoft Access, MySQL, SQL Server, VBA, Python, R, Tableau, Qlik, JavaScript, etc.) and information technology to accomplish projects, designs, plans, and reports under the guidance of a higher graded employee.