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Are there any requirements to join?

No! We are welcoming to all University of Michigan students, regardless of academic level and major. We only ask that you sign up for our mailing list, and complete/submit a checkpoint materials by its deadline. Checkpoint materials consist of ~2 workshops on how to get started with data science in python which are carried out early every semester (See Tutorials tab). Tutorials are happening now, so make sure to check them out!

I have no data science experience. Can I join?

Yes! You are welcome to join the team. We hold a workshop tutorial series at the beginning of each F/W semester (effective as of W2020) geared towards helping newcomers get started with data science (e.g., downloading python, starting a GitHub account, Introduction to exploratory data analysis), and strongly recommend all newcomers attend these workshops. Attendance to workshops are optional, however, to join a project all prospective members must* submit workshop materials as checkpoint by the deadline (see Tutorials tab for more details).

In addition, we also have a repository of MDST-curated "Getting Started" links that contains online tutorials, blog posts, and other resources to help you further your data science skills.

I can't attend all* the meetings. Can I still join?

Yes. We understand that you may have other time commitments that overlap with MDST meetings, therefore we are flexible with our attendance policy. We require all members to attend a minimum of 50% of all meetings (Thursday+Saturday meetings), and dedicate at least 3 hours/weekly to their team projects. Your presence and contribution to the team is essential to both project integrity and progress. Thus, we strongly encourage you to attend meetings whenever you can. Note, we provide meeting summaries weekly.

How much time commitment do you require?

At least 3 hours a week. We understand that your time commitment might fluctuate throughout the semester, so please be courteous, and let your team members know how much time you are able to dedicate to MDST. Although we do not keep tabs on the time you put into a project, we ask members to dedicate on average at least three hours to the team to ensure project integrity and equity in effort among members. As above, attendance to at least halve of all our meetings is a requirement to membership. Failure to participate will result in automatic removal from the team. Note: Please talk to executive members if unprecedented conflicts arise to better accommodate your situation--i.e., if your time suddenly becomes too compromised to meet our requirements you are welcome and encouraged to return to MDST the following semester.

What languages do you use?

We primarily use Python. We like to reuse code and resources as much as possible, so we discourage our project teams from using other languages. If you are an R user, we recommend checking out this helpful tutorial on Datacamp.

I am not a student at the University of Michigan. Can I join?

No. Our meeting are open to the public, but you must be affiliated with the University of Michigan to join MDST projects.