Course participants are required to attend one of the discussion times or help-desk times each week as well as periodic community wide activities such as the end of semester meeting. Each week students will be introduced to the core concepts, tools, and activities through prerecorded lectures and an associated activity to be completed each week. The materials are largely based around a set of introductory research modules and professional development activities which are described in more detail in the “Materials” section.
In addition to attending weekly meetings, and completing the weekly activities, the main deliverable that contributes to each students grade (for those receiving course credit) is a weekly slide deck that summarizes the activity completed each week. This set of weekly slide decks, one Final Slide Deck submitted at the end of the semester, and attendance requirements contribute to each student’s grade (again for those receiving credit). For students not receiving course credit, they will also receive a certificate of completion if they meet the same requirements for a passing grade as those formally enrolled.
It is expected that between meetings, work groups, and completion of activities that students will spend ~6 hours of time on work related to their participation in the course. This typically corresponds to approximately a 2 credit hour course if receiving credit for an independent study course.
Materials Science and Engineering
The main materials used throughout the course can be found here
To enroll for the Spring 2024 semester please reach out to the instructor and we will be in touch!
For students participating through the University of Wisconsin – Madison, you are able to receive course credit through MSE 401. This course is an independent study course that requires specific permission to enroll. Please reach out to the instructors if you would like to receive credit.
Students from other institutions should consult with relevant personnel at their institution about possible credits. We will provide final materials and suggested grades for all participants.
- How much programming, or coding background is required to participate?
We do not require students to come in with any specific programming experience. There will be significant time spend however running existing python code through Jupyter Notebooks, so some basic familiarity with python may help with understanding the concepts that are being demonstrated by running the existing python code. There will also be activities where students are tasked with making single line replacements to existing code to change settings in the code.
- Does participation in the ML4ER course impact future acceptance to Informatics Skunkworks research projects?
Yes we prioritize students who have completed the ML4ER course when considering applications for future research.