Calling for Fall 2014 QASR Board Members!

QASR is looking for new board members to help organize events that will enhance the academic, social, and professional lives of students interested in quantitative methods at Columbia.

We welcome all students with initiative, ideas, and the ability to make those ideas happen. You can find the application form below.
*** The deadline has been extended to Friday 9/19, 3pm***

We look forward to reading your applications!

EdLab Media Video Coverage of UNDP/QMSS Data Dive

Below is the link to EdLab Media video coverage of the data dive that QMSS and other students participated in this spring (2014). Individuals participating in this 3-day long hackathon analyzed data provided by the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development (EI) organization.

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Seen in NY: UNDP’s Data Dive


QMSS/QASR celebrate the Oscars

March 2, 2014
A Little Oscar (Study) Party

We had some QMSS students interested in watching the 86th Academy Awards together on a Sunday night. QASR reached out to the Coordinator at Uris Hall to reserve a classroom for our group of film aficionados. Despite some technical difficulties, we managed to get things up on the (somewhat) big screen in time to see the lovely Jared Leto accept the award for Best Supporting Actor.

Thank you to everyone who came and our guest hosts, Ben and Daniel.

86th Academy Awards in Uris

“He’s the prettiest… boy is he pretty.” — Ellen DeGeneres

Invitation from QMSS/UNDP Data Dive

QASR is partnering with QMSS and UNDP’s Team on Extractive Industries for Sustainable Development to organize a data exploration event which brings together the research capacity of the Columbia community with the increasingly available, but underutilized extractive industries (oil, gas, and mining) data of the United Nations Development Programme 

Data Dive Dates/Times
Friday, April 11th 6pm-9pm
Saturday, April 12th 9am-5pm
Sunday, April 13th 9am-5pm

Friday: Opening ceremonies, introduction to the research challenges and data, workshops on issues and methods pertinent to the challenge, team formation

Saturday: Full day hacking data.Breakfast & lunch provided.

Sunday: Full day hacking data. Breakfast & lunch provided. Closing ceremonies and presentations to conclude event.

The event aims to explore, through data analysis, associations between the extracitve industries and the social and economic conditions in which these industries operate. In addition, it strives to bring together individuals fluent in content expertise, statistical analysis and computer programming expose them to the processes and practices of other disciplines involved in the production of a quality, quantitative research product while providing the United Nations Development Programme with visualization pruducts that contribute to their efforts around the world.

Registration is REQUIRED to participate in this event and space is limited. Please see the UNDP/QMSS Data Dive website for more details