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About Me

I'm Charlie Repaci, a senior at Simmons University studying Data Science, with a special interest in Biochemistry and Sociology. This summer I am working with Dr. Shion Guha and doctoral candidate Devansh Saxena on Developing Ethical Algorithms for Placement Stability in the Foster Care System.

Work Log

Week 1

June 1 to June 7

  1. Orientation
    • Introduction to other mentors, mentees, and REU heads Dr. Praveen Madiraju and Dr. Dennis Brylow
    • Review of REU calendar and expectations
  2. Data Science Bootcamp (talk by Dr. Madiraju)
    • Introduction and basics of data analysis with python (Anaconda and Jypyter Notebook; pandas, numpy, matplotlib, seaborn, scipy)
      • Read in data
      • Pre-processing
      • Modeling
      • Data visualization
  3. Good Research Practices (talk by Dr. Brylow)
  4. Literature Review

Week 2

June 8 to June 14

  1. Responsible Conduct of Research Training (talk by Dr. Brylow)
    • Ethical treatment of data
    • Authorship, credit, plagiarism
    • Human participants
    • Intellectual property
    • Conflicts of interest and professional standards
  2. Worked on getting Citi certification for all three RCR sessions
  3. Technical Writing Workshop (talk by Dr. Brylow and Dr. Madiraju)
    • What the sections of a technical paper are
    • What the publication process is like
    • General tips
  4. Literature review
  5. Meeting with mentors
    • Github created for the project
    • Questions and discussion of the literature reviewed
    • Planned work for the next two weeks

Week 3

June 15 to June 21

Week 4

June 22 to June 28

Week 5

June 29 to July 5

Week 6

July 6 to July 12

Week 7

July 13 to July 19

Week 8

July 20 to July 26

Week 9

July 27 to August 2

Week 10

August 3 to August 9