STEM Fellowship Undergraduate Big Data Challenge 2019

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Hosted by STEM Fellowship, we are partnering with Roche, SAS, Canadian Science Publishing, Digital Science, Overleaf and Altmetric to deliver our biggest BDC yet. This year marks the first inter-provincial and cross-university BDC ever.

The 2019 theme is: Big Data of Recreational Drugs

This year’s competition invites undergraduate students to explore a computer-based approach to the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of recreational drugs, and quantify their xenobiotic effects as well as the impact exerted by these drugs on human health and on society. The challenge will be based on the analysis of open data from Health Canada, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Drug Bank, the National Cancer Institute, Google Data Search, and other open data sources identified by students.

Teams of up to 4 students each are provided with data sets, tools for data analysis, as well as the general topic or overarching goal. Teams then undertake exploratory data analysis or test a hypothesis about their data with the guidance of mentors from industry and academia. At the end of the competition, teams submit research projects through Overleaf (a leading scholarly collaboration/communication tool) and present their findings to a panel of industry and academic experts in the field.

Academic prizes:

  • Scholarly publication of all project abstracts and full manuscripts of winning projects in STEM Fellowship Journal, published by NRC Research Press

  • Internships with corporate sponsors

Monetary prizes:

  • $1000 Roche prize - Toronto

  • $1000 Roche prize - Calgary

  • $500 Schulich prize- Toronto

  • $500 Schulich prize- Calgary

NOTE: When you apply, you have agreed to take part in this competition and will not drop out of the competition unless we are informed with legitimate justification. Once you have registered, you will receive access to workshops and data sets.

For more information, please visit the Big Data Challenge page on our STEM Fellowship website: http://stemfellowship.org/datascienceeducation/undergradbdc/

For any questions you may have regarding the challenge, please contact bigdata@stemfellowship.org


- How much is the participation fee?
We charge $80 + tax ($90.40) per team, where one team is limited to 4 members.

- Where does the challenge take place?

The Undergraduate Big Data Challenge is remote and open to any undergraduate students across Canada. As long as you have access to a computer/ laptop and internet, you can participate! Our in-person events (which are live-streamed so you can participate from your locations) will be taking place in Toronto and Calgary.

- Do I have to register with a team of 4?

No. We recommend that you register with a maximum of 4 members, but you are eligible with a minimum of 2 members.

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