Winter Storm is one of the signature activities of our IGERT program. It is an intensive workshop that meets all day, every day for 2 weeks in late January, immediately preceding the Spring semester. It is open to all IGERT and other students and faculty. In 2013 Winter Storm was organized by a committee of 7 students from the campus-wide NSF-IGERT program in language science, and it was sponsored by IGERT, the Linguistics department, and UMIACS. The event attracted around 100 student and faculty participants
Highlights of Winter Storm 2013
- Language analysis workshop: an interdisciplinary, hands-on workshop in describing an under-documented language (5 days).
- Programming in Python crash course: Build skills in the leading scripting/programming language (5 days co-taught by UMIACS students).
- Mechanical Turk session: new on-line tools for ultra-fast data collection.
- Afternoon sessions on Advanced Analysis tools with R (led by Scott Jackson at CASL. topic: Mixed effects models)
- Professional development series: Career preparation sessions on grant funding opportunities, alternative career directions, and PhD planning (3 sessions).
- Special interest groups: Research planning workshops, for jump-starting collaborative projects.
- Lab presentations: Overviews of research opportunities across the university.
- Faculty lunch talks
- Presentation Day (Special interest groups and groups in the language analysis workshop)
- Free lunches and a party/happy hour
Much information on the Winter Storm workshops can be found in the wikis that students created as a repository for all WS activities: http://www.languagescience.umd.edu/wiki/WinterStorm