Feed the Pack Food Drive

During summer bootcamp, MSA students, faculty, and staff donated $369 and 244 pounds of resources to Feed the Pack Food Pantry at NC State. The orange and blue cohorts competed to donate the most during the final two weeks of the summer bootcamp racing toward the incentive of a casual Continue reading Feed the Pack Food Drive

Thanksgiving Food Drive

It is no surprise that when you get a group of highly intelligent students together, most tasks turn into a competition. And for a group of aspiring data scientists, that competition comes down to numbers! This month, our Blue and Orange cohorts competed against one another to donate as many Continue reading Thanksgiving Food Drive

Annual School Supplies Drive Class of 2019

IAA’s Annual School Supplies Drive On average, teachers spend $500 each school year for supplies for their students.  In order to help decrease this amount locally, the students at the Institute for Advanced Analytics organized a supplies drive for Centennial Campus Middle School (CCMS). Eight students from the class of Continue reading Annual School Supplies Drive Class of 2019

Datalines: An Interview with Maia Majumder

“Novel data streams allow us to see what’s happening in areas where traditional disease surveillance is weak. As internet penetration around the world improves, we are getting better signal in more places.” Maia Majumder is a computational epidemiology research fellow at HealthMap and a PhD candidate at MIT. In our Continue reading Datalines: An Interview with Maia Majumder

3 Students Compete at The Data Open

On February 3, 2018, three IAA students participated in The Data Open hosted by Correlation One and Citadel at Duke University. The three students – Alex Christian, Nikhil Prasad, and Emily Hadley – were among 96 students chosen from over 400 applicants who completed a rigorous placement test. They teamed up Continue reading 3 Students Compete at The Data Open

Using Neural Network to Detect Hate Speech

This article was originally posted to LinkedIn by Amy Hemmeter and Kirsty Ward. We have included it in Data Column to show an example of the kinds of outside collaborative projects that students complete. At the beginning of the year, we realized that we shared an interest in text analytics, Continue reading Using Neural Network to Detect Hate Speech

Holiday Gift Drive

This holiday season, the Institute for Advanced Analytics was excited to partner with WakeMed Children’s hospital to collect toys as part of their annual holiday gift drive. The drive ensures that every current patient has a gift at Christmas. While past fundraisers have involved competition between the two cohorts, this Continue reading Holiday Gift Drive

Datalines: An interview with Elaine McVey

“Thinking about how we collect data, how we use data, and how it affects people is part of the obligation of being in data science.” – Elaine McVey This is the first interview in a series called Datalines that explores data science careers in the social sector. The idea for Continue reading Datalines: An interview with Elaine McVey


The Institute for Advanced Analytics partnered with Centennial Campus Middle School (Raleigh, NC) and Hobbton High School (Newton Grove, NC) for a thrilling Thanksgiving food fundraiser. Over the course of one week, IAA students were encouraged to bring in nonperishable food donations. Cohorts earned points for specific items. While the Continue reading Thanksgiving

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey devastated Texas, leaving many without homes, power, or food. After the success of the Bake Sale for School Supplies in July, Daniel and I decided to host a Bake Sale for Hurricane Harvey Relief. Sixteen IAA students contributed delicious baked goods to the Continue reading Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

School Supply Showdown Fundraiser

During the two years I served as an AmeriCorps member before joining the MSA program, I worked at a high school that struggled to cover the costs of necessities like paper and pencils. Teachers would often end up purchasing these items on their own. When I learned that the Institute Continue reading School Supply Showdown Fundraiser

Blood Sugar Analysis App

The ability for organizations to data mine and address a wide range of business problems across many industries is a huge asset in terms of ROI. What about big data and analytics helping not only the bottom line but also the general public? What about all the data that envelops Continue reading Blood Sugar Analysis App

News vs. Noise: The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis

What is the Syrian Refugee Crisis? As a result of the Syrian Civil War, 4 million Syrians have been displaced from their home, mostly taking refuge in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. By October 2015, the cumulative number of Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Europe had reached over Continue reading News vs. Noise: The Syrian Refugee Crisis – Text Mining and Sentiment Analysis