Summer 2022 at the QAI - Application now open!
- The QAI Summer Program is the same program offered in previous years, intended for students who have completed introductory statistics. This program requires approximately 10 hours/week.
- The QAI Project and Competition Track is new and designed for students who have previously completed the QAI Summer Program, STAT 260, or STAT 318. This program requires approximately 5 hours/week.
- a summer research student who has already completed the QAI Summer Program or QR/STAT 260 or STAT 318;
- a graduating senior looking for a way to build and showcase their data skills;
- a student hoping to gain experience applying data skills to a particular field;
- a data science major looking to make progress on a capstone project;
- a student with a full-time internship who wants to stay connected to Wellesley's data community with a manageable time commitment;
- a student who did not get a chance to complete a project in a previous statistics course, perhaps because the QAI Summer Program doesn't require a project or because STAT 260 did not require a project under the term system;
- or anyone else!
Because this is a new track, we will refine the plans once we see how many students are participating and find out more about their goals.
- QAI Summer Program: Students completing the QAI Summer Program report that they spend an average of 10 hours/week, with a range of 8 hours to 15 hours. Lectures are delivered via asynchronous, recorded videos. Each student will be assigned to two 90-min labs at two different weekly times. We do our best to coordinate lab times to accommodate students' schedules and time zones. There will be labs scheduled at a variety of times, including weekdays and weekends, mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Between labs, students complete online modules, work on quizzes and problem sets, and join optional office hours.
- QAI Project and Competition Track: We anticipate that students in this track will spend approximately 5 hours/week. Students will meet with peers and the teaching staff in small groups once or twice per week. Outside of these meetings, students will work on a project independently, aiming to meeting specific milestones throughout the summer.
- All students will need access to the internet and a computer (an iPad or Chromebook is not sufficient). Please let us know on your application if accessing this technology is an obstacle.
Balancing with Other Commitments:
- QAI Summer Program: Students who are participating in the summer research program or any other internship or job, at Wellesley or beyond, should include their advisor or supervisor’s email address in the application. Please discuss the QAI program with your advisor/supervisor before applying. This person must agree that the student can dedicate 10 hours each week to the QAI program. In our experience, the summer does not go well if students attempt to complete the QAI program on top of a full-time position, unless they are released from that work for 10 hours each week. Ten hours is more time than it sounds like. If you are working 35 hours/week, it is 28% of your time! Students with part-time jobs may not need a supervisor’s sign-off to apply for the QAI program. Please explain your summer situation in your application.
- QAI Project and Competition Track: Because this track has a smaller time commitment, the QAI won't need to directly communicate with any internship advisors/supervisors. However, if you are working for someone at Wellesley, we do like to stay connected!
Eligibility: The programs are open to all Wellesley students, including spring graduates: the Classes of 2022, 2023, 2024, or 2025.
- QAI Summer Program: The prerequisite is any introductory statistics course at Wellesley: STAT 160, STAT 218, ECON 103/SOC 190, PSYC 205, BISC 198, or POL 299. AP Statistics is not a sufficient prerequisite. If you have taken QR/STAT 260, you should not apply for the QAI Summer Program. However, students who have already taken other courses that rely on intro stats, such as STAT 318 or ECON 203, are encouraged to apply.
- QAI Project and Competition Track: The prerequisite is the QAI Summer Program, STAT 260, or STAT 318.
Students who have taken STAT 318 may be eligible to apply for both the QAI Summer Program and the Data Hacking and Competition track. No other students are eligible to apply to both.