• SUMMER 2020 Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU): Mathematical Foundations of Data Science (online)
Description of the program: The Greater Data Science Cooperative Institute (GDSC) (https://gdsc.cornell.edu) is going to run an online research program (using zoom) for undergraduate students at Cornell, the University of Rochester and colleges and universities in the greater Rochester area. The purpose of the program is to introduce students with a strong background and a record of accomplishment in mathematics, computer science, physics, or related fields to the mathematics behind the advances in Data Science. Each of the 15 participants in this program will receive a $1600 stipend.
The initial phase of the program is going to take place on August 10-21. In the second phase of the program, August 24-September 4, the participants will be organized into research groups and will begin research under the direction of the participating UR and Cornell faculty. Since this phase is likely to overlap with the beginning of the academic year, the scheduling will be suitably flexible. The interested participants will be given the opportunity to conduct further research activities in the third phase of the program which does not have a definite end date.
During the initial phase of the program, we are going to work through several chapters of the book, entitled “High Dimensional Probability, an Introduction with applications in Data Science, by Roman Vershynin. During the second week of the program, we are going to start adding small research projects, some involving computer-aided computation designed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-life applications.
Eligibility: Rising juniors or rising seniors at Cornell, University of Rochester, or a college/university in the Greater Rochester area. In exceptional circumstances, rising sophomores will be considered as well. Since this is a National Science Foundation program, the participants supported by the program must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America.
Application procedure: Please send an email to tripodsreu2020@gmail.com with the following information:
1) Your name
2) The name of the university you are currently attending.
3) The expected date of graduation
4) Your full academic transcript.
5) A short statement describing your scientific interests and your reasons for participating in the program.


  • Cornell University Multiple Postdoctoral Positions in Foundational Data Science (NSF HDR TRIPODS)

The Greater Data Science Cooperative Institute (GDSC), jointly established by Cornell University (CU) and the University of Rochester (UR) as part of the NSF funded HDR TRIPODS program, seeks exceptional candidates for postdoctoral research positions at Cornell (note: UR has a simultaneous and coordinated, but separate search). Appointments are renewable up to a total period of three years. The target start date is August 1, 2020, but positions may be filled immediately. 

GDSC is based on two founding tenets: that enduring advances in data science require combining techniques and viewpoints across electrical engineering, mathematics, statistics, and theoretical computer science; and, that data-science research must be grounded in an application domain. Cross-disciplinary research directions include: (i) Topological Data Analysis; (ii) Data Representation; (iii) Network & Graph Learning; (iv) Decisions, Control & Dynamic Learning; and, (v) Diverse & Complex Modalities. GDSC specifically aims to consider applications in medicine and healthcare, a major strength of CU and UR, and one for which advances in data science can have a direct, positive impact on society. Applicants should have completed their PhD in a discipline listed above (or related) by the time of their appointment. Some background or interest in biomedicine and/or healthcare would be an advantage.

Cornell appointed postdocs will be mentored by at least two GDSC members, including one from the Cornell GDSC leadership team: David S. Matteson, Aaron Wagner, Qing Zhao, David Bindel and Gennady Samorodnitsky. The Rochester GDSC leadership team includes Mujdat Cetin, Daniel Gildea, Tong Tong Wu, Alex Iosevich and Daniel Stefankovic; and GDSC includes 17 additional founding senior personnel across CU and UR (see: gdsc.cornell.edu for more information).

Any questions about the Cornell positions can be sent to David S. Matteson (matteson@cornell.edu); and please contact Mujdat Cetin (mujdat.cetin@rochester.edu) for questions about the UR positions. All applicants must submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae including a list of publications, research and teaching statements, and arrange to have two reference letters submitted electronically. Up to two relevant research publications may also be submitted. Application materials must be submitted at: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/15856. Evaluation of applicants will begin February 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

Two additional postdoctoral positions are also available at Cornell University. Each position will also be given an affiliation with GDSC. For more information and submission of application materials see the following:

  • Cornell University Postdoctoral Position in Data Science, Machine Learning & Climate: PRISM Cooperative Institute (NSF HDR): 


  • Cornell University Postdoctoral Position in Data Science & Machine Learning: Catalysts Cooperative Institute (NSF HDR):