Exciting, new opportunity for students at SAS Global Forum 2016!

Are you a student learning SAS in your classes? Interested in Big Data and the power of SAS Analytics? Here’s your opportunity to show us what you’ve got!

At the Academic Summit at SAS Global Forum 2015, an exciting new competition was announced for students – the Student Symposium. This new opportunity allows teams of two to four students, and a faculty advisor/professor, to compete with other teams in the application of SAS Analytics and big data. We give you 8 different data sources to choose from, AND access to the software. All you have to do is choose a data source and come up with a problem to solve. Sounds fun, right? Students will submit a paper about their problem and solution, and the top eight teams will be selected to attend SAS Global Forum 2016 to present in a breakout session. The top three teams will be announced at the conference after their breakout sessions.

Students, this is a great way to apply the skills you’ve learned in the classroom to real-world data and solve a problem using Analytics. You also get to present to a global audience and network with thousands of other SAS users.

SAS Global Forum 2016 will be held in Las Vegas, NV April 19-21.

So, students, get your teams together and start working on those papers! Register your team today!

More information can be found on the Student Symposium page. Questions? Email symposium@sas.com.


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WUSS and SESUG Scholarships Winners

SAS Regional Users Groups (RUGS) are committed to the next generation of SAS users. To encourage hands-on learning, each RUG awards scholarships to students, faculty and new SAS professionals. These awards include full or partial scholarships to attend these valuable events where they learn about SAS software from experienced programmers. Could you or a new SAS professional that you know qualify for this valuable experience? Visit WUSS, SESUG, MWSUG or SCSUG for details.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the WUSS and SESUG scholarships. Congratulations!

WUSS – Western Users of SAS Software

Winners of the WUSS student and faculty scholarships receive complimentary registration, two half-day classes and travel assistance. Registration is still open and the conference takes place September 9-11.

2015 Student Scholarship Winners

Brian Bahmanyar California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Timothy Banh University of California, Davis

Citadel Cabasag University of California, Irvine

Katherine Cai Arizona State University

Gene Chen University of Southern California

Eric Dong University of Colorado

Nicholas Ellinwood University of California, Davis

Caiti Feeley California Polytechnic University

Elaina Gates California Polytechnic University

Toni Geronimo San Diego State University

Kathleen Gunn San Diego State University

Kyle Irimata Arizona State University

Fred Jin University of Nevada Las Vegas

Eastern Kang Sim University of California, San Diego

April Moreno Claremont Graduate University

Amit Pande University of Arizona

Alexandria Pech University of Arizona

Hannah Peterson University of Nevada Las Vegas

Niloofar Ramezani University of Northern Colorado

Danny Rithy California Polytechnic University

Deanna Schreiber-Gregory National University

Chelsea Shover University of California, Los Angeles

Nathan Smith University of California, Davis

Hannah Summers San Diego State University

Brandi Vollmer University of Colorado

Sarah Winfield San Diego State University

Erica Yang California State University East Bay

WUSS 2015 Faculty Scholarship Winner

Isaiah Lankham California State University East Bay


2015 Junior Professional Award Winners

Cynthia Alvarez ICON

Richard Armenta Henry Jackson Foundation-Naval Health Research Center

Christine Dobson California Department of Public Health

Navjot Kaur Henry M. J ackson Foundation (at the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA)

Lia Koski Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Edward Lan Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Tuberculosis Control Program

Joseph Lei California Department of Health Care Services

Yunin Ludena University of California, Davis

Eva Mikhael Kaiser Permanente

Montserrat Noboa CA Department of Public Health, Office of Binational Border Health

William Pe SRI International - Center for Education Policy

Siqi Peng University of Phoenix

Nicholas Pisca County of Los Angeles, Department of Mental Health, Data/GIS Unit

Monica Rosales LA County Department of Public Health- TB Control Program

Roshni Shah Santa Clara County Public Health Department

Genie Tang Department of Industrial Relations

Andy Torres SynteractHCR

DeEtte Trubey National University

Rahul Vaswani MarketShare

Josephine Yumul County of Los Angeles, Public Health -TB Control


SESUG – Southeast SAS Users Group

Winners of grants to attend SESUG attend the conference at a discounted rate. Winners who also present receive additional travel assistance. Registration is still open and the conference takes place September 27-29.

2015 Student Scholarship Winners

Nushrat Alam Florida A&M University

Rachael Becker University of Central Florida

Yin Burgess University of South Carolina

Drew Doyle University of Central Florida

Svetlana Gavrilova Middle Tennessee State University

Zhaoxia Guo University of South Carolina

Rana Jaber Florida International University

Verlin Joseph Florida A&M University

Raissa Kouadjo Florida A&M University

Jin Liu University of South Carolina

Jessica Montgomery University of South Florida

Adetosoye Oladokun Florida A&M University

Thanh Pham University of South Florida

Deanna Schreiber-Gregory National University

Yan Wang University of South Florida

SESUG 2015 Faculty Scholarship Winners

Yi-Hsin Chen University of South Florida

Mark Ferguson University of South Carolina

Peter Wludyka University of North Florida


2015 Professional Development Grant Winners

Michelle Dahnke Florida Department of Financial Services

Seungyoung Hwang Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ram Poudel The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Maxim Terekhov Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Andre Watts University of Central Florida

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Opportunities and Benefits for Students with RUGS and LUGS

 Fall semester has begun and everyone is settling in for a year of learning. However, learning opportunities don’t end at the classroom. SAS Regionals Users Groups (RUGS) conferences also start in the fall. Attending a conference offers valuable learning opportunities from seasoned professionals and also provides a platform for networking. Meeting the right people can certainly help as you venture into a professional career after graduation. Luckily, attending a conference doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. WUSS, SESUG, MWSUG and SCSUG all offer scholarships and grants to students and faculty. There are also other ways to be involved such as joining a local users group, or participating in the online community.

Scholarships and Grants

Students and faculty are all eligible for scholarships and grants offered by RUGS. These awards include full or partial registration and can even cover travel costs. This requires planning ahead – the deadline has already passed for WUSS, SESUG and MWSUG, but SCSUG will be accepting scholarship applications until September 7.

Join a Local Users Group

If attending a conference is still out of your reach due to time or finances, you can still find learning and networking opportunities by joining a Local Users Group (LUG). Currently, there are 47 Local Users Groups across 42 states. Membership fees and student discounts vary per group, so contact the LUG closest to you for information. Don’t see a LUG in your area? Be a pioneer and start one!

Get Online

Join any of our online communities and learn from experienced SAS users and leaders from around the world 24/7. As you start your career, online communities will be a valuable resource in solving coding issues and delving into the many features of SAS programs.

Getting involved with the SAS Users groups in person or online provides learning opportunities that can help you as a student, but will also become more valuable with time. The lessons you learn at a conference or the person you meet at a local users group meeting can have a great impact on career prospects after graduation.

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Teaching a SAS® Class and need assistance?

 SAS is here to help.

Whether you are teaching students how to use SAS or are using the power of SAS® to apply analytical intelligence to any data in any discipline, we have a variety of resources available to you including our Academic Evaluation Copy Program.

  • SAS Press will provide two SAS Press titles per semester as evaluation copies* to review for possible course adoption.
  • SAS Press sells some books that are published by other publishers; only books published by SAS Press are eligible for the evaluation copy program.
  • Eligible teachers, faculty, and students may receive 20% on select publications.
  • SAS Press will work with your campus bookstore on ordering books for your courses.

Request your books today!

If you have any questions, please contact us: Phone: 1-800-727-0025 (valid in the U.S. and Canada) E-mail: sasbook@sas.com

* SAS sends evaluation copies to only college or university addresses and they are yours to keep.


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Back To School Wisdom

Written by the data-loving daughter of an english teacher

Growing up, I was never all that great at grammar and punctuation. As you will probably see in this post, I'm still not. It’s why I focused more on numbers rather than letters. The fact that my dad was a math teacher probably didn’t hurt either.

My mom, the english teacher, did try to ensure I remembered certain rules around grammar. To help she shared some funny examples:

Grammar Wisdom Example #1: Lay Vs. Lie

Inevitably I hear someone use this incorrectly at least once a week. “I’m not feeling well so I’m going to lay down.”

I know grammatically this is incorrect because my mom shared with me that the only things that lay are: a person with an illegal street corner job and a female animal in the poultry family. The rest of us lie. Crude but funny and it has stuck with me. If you want the exact phrase she used, connect with me on LinkedIn and I can share.

So from that example it should be “I'm not feeling well so I'm going to lie down.”

Grammar Wisdom Example #2: Commas

Apparently, commas save lives.

Let’s eat Grandma - Uh, gross
Let’s eat, Grandma – much better

Fun SAS® Wisdom

I now have school aged kids of my own. I haven’t shared all Grandma’s wisdom yet. Lay vs. lie I will save for the teenage years, but they definitely know what’s for dinner and it isn’t Grandma.

Now that I'm grown up, I'm  still drawn to numbers but I do remember one punctuation that brings a little bit of each of my parents worlds together. The semicolon!

For those who may not know, the semicolon is a pertinent aspect to programming in SAS and it shouldn’t be forgotten. EVER.

I have shared with my mom (and kids) that I think the semicolon is even more important than the comma. After all, it makes a statement!!!!!!

It may save lives, too. Especially if the comma is forgotten. Here is an example of what I mean:

Let’s eat Grandma.
Run; Grandma Run;

My Wisdom

As the school year begins, you many still be deciding what to do when you grow up. If you are like me and have an interest in both language and math, SAS can help.

After all it has been said that the sexiest job of the 21st century is the data scientist. Getting the skills needed to land that job would definitely make a statement at your class reunion.

Have fun and always remember the ;

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Become the next SAS Student Ambassador!


Calling all students! Are you using SAS in interesting and innovative ways in your classes? Do you want to share your research with thousands of SAS users at SAS Global Forum 2016? Did we mention you could win an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas, NV, where the conference is being held! Apply for the SAS Student Ambassador Program today!

The call for content is now open for SAS Global Forum 2016, and we want to see what cool ways you are using SAS. Submit your abstract today. After you have submitted your abstract, fill out the SAS Student Ambassador application to win an all-expenses paid trip to SAS Global Forum 2016. If your abstract is selected, you will be considered for this award. Award includes airfare, hotel and travel costs, conference registration, and one pre-conference tutorial.

Not ready to present yet? That’s ok, you can still attend the conference by applying to the Student Scholarship Program. Student Scholarship and Faculty Scholarship applications are now open!

Questions? Contact academic@sas.com.

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Congratulations to the winners of the Analytics Shootout!

The Analytics 2015 conference is fast approaching! Here at SAS, we are getting ready to bring you a great conference, full of content ranging from High Performance Analytics, to data mining and forecasting. There are also some awesome opportunities for students to present their work and showcase what they’ve been working on in the field of Analytics.

Each year, teams of students can compete in the Analytics Shootout, a competition that gives students and faculty the opportunity to solve a real-world analytics problem. The top 3 teams receive free conference registration and travel and lodging for one team member and the sponsoring professor. They also get to present their work during a 15 minute breakout session. First, second and third place will be announced at the conference.

We are pleased to announce, in no particular order, this year’s top 3 teams:

  • Team 19 – Southern Methodist University
  • Team 52 – University of Georgia
  • Team 82 – University of Georgia

We are also pleased to recognize the following Honorable Mentions:

  • Team 57 – Oklahoma State University
  • Team 25 – University of Alabama
  • Team 29 – Oklahoma State University
  • Team 12 – Southern Methodist University

Congratulations to all teams who participated in this year’s Analytics Shootout!Still want to participate in this year’s conference? Don’t worry, the Student Poster Contest is still accepting abstracts for the Poster Session! This is your chance to show fellow students and industry professionals what you’ve been working on. The top 6 posters will be selected as winners, and receive a free trip to the Analytics 2015 conference! Get those submissions in today! Submission deadline is September 4.Not ready to present your work, but still want to participate in the conference? Full-time students from accredited, degree-granting academic institutions may attend this conference free of charge! This free pass is for the conference only. Students can attend pre- or post-conference training at a 50% discount. Professors can also register for 50% off! More information can be found here.

We hope to see you at Analytics 2015!

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School’s out, but STEM's in

Summer break is in full swing for most students, but many parents and those who volunteer in the classroom continue to be interested in ways to keep the momentum going.

That desire brought together a panel of SAS Curriculum Pathways staff at an education-based event last month at SAS world headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. The focus?  Providing insight and practical ideas for a smarter summer.

The panel featured three staff members:

  • Lee Ellen Harmer, Customer Solutions Manager
  • Lucy Kosturko, Curriculum Development Specialist
  • Jennifer Sabourin, Software Developer

Moderator Jessica Marquardt speaks with (L to R) Jennifer Sabourin, Lucy Kosturko, and Lee Ellen Harmer.

They focused on five important ways to keep students actively engaged throughout the summer.

  1. Integrate personal interests.

Kosturko, whose first official STEM project was creating a “Guide to Ballet” HTML website, said it’s important to discover what students’ interests are and to create challenges and projects around those. “There was something so powerful about being able to share something I had made,” she said.

But if you’re going to bring interests in as a motivator, she added, you must do so intentionally to create a meaningful learning experience.

“We know that all of our kids and students differ. They’re not one-size-fits-all,” said Harmer. Some students may be challenged in a particular area and need more practice; others may be excelling and looking for more of a challenge.”

“What you wouldn’t want to do is engage girls in STEM by putting it in a story and engage the boys in STEM by doing it [another] way,” said Sabourin. “What you really should do is figure out what the students’ interests are and let them bring in their own interests in a meaningful way.”

“As domains and other disciplines continue to rely on technology to advance and innovate, the range of STEM careers is ever expanding,” said Kosturko. “This breadth helps students identify with a STEM career regardless of their interests, strengths, or weaknesses.”

  1. Be aware of learning styles, but focus on the learning objective.

Kosturko warned that if you try to teach to a student’s preferred learning style (visual, verbal, procedural, and semantics) but don’t present the information in a way that allows the student to best encode that information and remember it later, learning will be difficult for them. For instance, if you want students to locate the Big Dipper, they need to see an image even if they tend to be a verbal learners.

Panelists also cautioned against the belief that males learn differently than females. “It’s just not true,” said Sabourin. For example, some suggest putting the context into a story for female students because girls tend to like stories. “You are doing them a disservice because the ultimate task you might be performing in your STEM career isn’t necessarily tied to a story,” she said. "Think about what they need to know or accomplish and whether the teaching method supports that need."

Kosturko shared a humorous example of the need to focus on the learning objective, recalling an activity she planned for a middle school computer science camp for girls. She had each student convert the digits of their birthday to binary numbers and create colored-bead necklaces to represent those numbers. They spent a few minutes on the binary numbers worksheet but another two hours stringing elaborate necklaces, bracelets, jewelry for friends. Later, none of them could recall how to convert the number five to binary. “We remember what we think about. And what were the girls thinking about for two hours versus five minutes for the worksheet?” She recommended centering on the learning objective and teaching toward that.

  1. Form a small group in addition to working one-on-one.

Research shows that working with peers helps students stay more motivated.

“I had lots of STEM mentors…role models and peers of all different genders,” said Sabourin. “I really had a STEM community.”

Her ideal mentoring situation would combine three or four same-gender students from the same school. She would meet with them one-on-one as well as with the full group to help guide them and show them what is possible: “To have them in a group that they can rely on themselves when they’re in school – day to day – would be the most powerful takeaway rather than just one-on-one time with me.”

  1. Find the STEM in everything.

“You don’t have to go out and buy a science lab or robotics kit to expose students to STEM,” said Kosturko. “Simply find activities that involve creation or innovation.”  She believes that will help diversify some of the stereotypes of careers in STEM.

Even the simple act of getting children to help cook dinner introduces many STEM-based concepts. “Cooking is science,” said Sabourin, noting that it gets them thinking about the effect of different oven temperatures and chemical reactions in baking.

  1. Meet students where they are, and get started now.

The panelists agreed that it’s never too early to begin building foundational skills that support STEM and that the summer is a perfect time to try new ideas.

SAS Curriculum Pathways, demonstrated by Harmer during the event, caters to learners at every level in grades K-12. The resources in SAS Curriculum Pathways, she said, are designed to augment instruction and meet students where they are. Five disciplines are available (English Language Arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and Spanish), and the product is free to everyone. “We’re helping students with some of these foundational skills in the K-12 arena that they can carry with them through college and career.”

Sabourin was adamant that it’s never too late to begin some of these activities, and there’s no such thing as being bad at math. “Anybody can develop the skills,” she said. “Encourage this growth mindset: I don’t have these skills yet, but I can get them, and there are steps I can take to learn these skills. That’s what is going to set you up for success in any career.”

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It's time to renew SAS® University Edition

It's time to renew your SAS® University Edition license. Don't worry, it's not as hard as renewing your driver's license and just like the software the renewal process is FREE! Check out an overview of how to renew.

For those new to SAS University Edition, it's a FREE and easy way to learn SAS!  SAS University Edition includes SAS Studio, Base SAS, SAS/STAT, SAS/IML, SAS/ACCESS and several time series forecasting procedures from SAS/ETS.   To download visit the SAS University Edition website.

Still not convinced? Check out SAS Programming 1 and Statistics 1, two  free e-learning courses to help you get started.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at sasanalyticsu@sas.com



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Calling all students! Win a FREE trip to the Analytics 2015 Conference!

The Analytics 2015 Conference is now accepting abstracts for the Poster Competition. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to showcase your talent and have your work recognized by nearly 1,000 analytics professionals. This competition is open to any full-time student from an accredited post-secondary academic institution. The top six posters will be chosen, and winners will receive an all-inclusive trip to the conference to present their research, including airfare, hotel, meals and free conference registration! Submit your abstract today!
Important Dates to remember:
• Abstracts must be submitted by September 4, 2015.
• If your submission is accepted, you must submit your completed poster no later than September 14, 2015 for judging.
• Posters will be judged by a committee, and applicants will be notified of results by September 21, 2015.
Visit the Poster Contest site to submit your abstract and for more information.

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