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Women in Data Science @ Stanford Earth

Dear all,

Today we are gathering for the Women in Data Science @ Stanford Earth conference.

Check out the program below.

Use #widsearth to report on the day.


8:30, welcome

8:40, Welcome address by Sally Benson, Prof Energy Resources Engineering and Co-director, Precourt Institute for Energy

PART I: Climate and Sustainability

9:00, Machine Learning for Weather and Climate: Opportunities, Challenges and Promising Strategies, Imme Ebert-Uphoff, Colorado State University

WZZN: Is the PhD for you?

Happy fall y'all. It's hard to imagine it's nearly the end of October. I'm writing this by candle light as our power is out here in California. My partner is hunting for a generator as ours just broke. But I have 38% battery left on my laptop and that will be enough for another WZZN. As always, WZZN is a braindump blog: I just write what comes to mind without editing later. A disclaimer of sorts...

WZZN: No, you cannot optimize life

This week I met with recently admitted graduate students. We talked about research, the various programs on campus, and choices. These students are really lucky: they have more than enough choices for graduate school. You would think that in a situation like that, the students are very relaxed. What can possibly go wrong if you have the opportunity to not just study at one good school, but multiple. But no, there is significant stress amongst them because of one misconception, the misconception that life can be optimized. 

WZZN: First quarter jitters

We are 3 weeks into the new quarter and around me there are plenty students with a severe case of the first quarter jitters. These are affecting more students this year than before, I have noticed. Probably to do with the feeling of discomfort and anxiety around the heartbreaking events of the last three weeks: Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and the Wine Country fires that are pretty close to home (for example, one of our MS students is a fireman in Sebastopol and has been on duty this last week). 

WZZN: So you aspire to be a grad student at Stanford

In my dreams, we (at ICME and partner departments) can accommodate all passionate and dedicated students who are interested in studying with us. Alas, the admissions rate is small. So, what is a prospective graduate student to do to increase his/her chances of getting accepted? Quora is full of questions like this, and if you are such a prospective student I recommend that you spend a bit of time exploring answers there, as not all graduate programs are organized in the same way. 


WZZN: In search for the perfect PhD and advisor - Do's and Don'ts

(ps although some of this blog is applicable to prospective students also, the advice re finding the actual advisor is tailored to graduate students already on campus)

This blog is about the search for the perfect advisor who gives you the perfect project that will revolutionize your field and launch your illustrious academic career.  If only.



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