Frequently asked questions
What is the time commitment for students participating in the OSE Lab boot camp?
All students who are admitted to the program will be expected to fully participate in and attend all lectures and submit all problem sets. The six-week program is designed to require between 50 and 60 hours of work per week. This program is immersive.
What are the main benefits to students who complete the OSE Lab boot camp?
Students who complete the boot camp emerge with an enhanced modern toolkit of computational economics theory, solution methods, and data science methods. They also receive two weeks of training in high performance computing and parallel processing using the University of Chicago's Midway supercomputing cluster. Finally, students learn how to collaborate effectively and work in teams.
Can I be working another job or take classes during the OSE Lab Boot Camp?
No. This boot camp is a full-time commitment and will require all of your bandwidth.
If I am an international student, can the OSE Lab give me the stipend and reimburse my travel?
Yes. International students are eligible to receive the scholarship stipend and travel reimbursement.
Will the camp sponsor a student visa?
No. The OSE Lab and the University of Chicago cannot provide visa sponsorship for international students. Students can travel under an F1, J1, or B1 sisa. Stipends for international students with F1 or J1 visas will have 14% tax withheld. Students with B1 visas will have 30% withholding. Some of you may be able to get those withheld amounts refunded after the camp based on specific tax treaties in place between the United States and your respective countries. However, many countries do not have tax treaties for scholarship income. We have tax experts in the University of Chicago financial office who you can talk to when you arrive.
Can I have my recommender send my letter of recommendation directly to OSE Lab?
Yes. If your recommender will not give you the letter to upload to the application portal, you can have your recommender e-mail the letter to Richard Evans
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Make sure your recommender puts your name and "OSE camp letter of recommendation."