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Sarah McDougall is a senior at Bucknell University, located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Applied Mathematical Sciences with a concentration in statistics. Upon graduation, Sarah intends to pursue a career in biomedical data science/data analytics.

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Weekly Work Log

Week 1

  • Orientation and REU expectations
  • Data Science Boot Camp (Python packages, data visualization, and classification methods)
  • Initial meeting with project mentor
  • Talk: Good Research Practices
  • Brainstormed project goals and milestones
  • Completed research on opioid abuse/dependence and opioid use disorder (OUD)

Week 2

  • Completed Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) CITI Training
  • Completed Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Biomedical Research CITI Training
  • Talk: Technical Writing
  • Completed research on on statistical analyses of OUD
  • Completed research on machine learning methods for predicting OUD, overdose readmissions
  • Met with project group about preliminary work, next steps

Week 3

  • Watched and read tutorials about scikit-learn Python package
  • Completed research on machine earning methods for predicting OUD, overdose readmissions
  • Met with project group to discuss datasets and exploratory data analysis
  • Talk: Research Presentation by Dr. Praveen + Student Check-in
  • Compiled BibTex references
  • Began data preprocessing on encounter and diagnosis datasets'

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