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Data Science and Analytics Initiative

Goal

National Science Foundation logoThe goal of this three-year HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project, is to Infuse Data Science and Analytics (DSA) into Undergraduate Courses at Bowie State University (BSU), to offer undergraduate opportunities and set the foundation for establishing internships along with an upper level undergraduate certificate in DSA.

The BSU’s DSA team proposes four objectives:

  1. Develop Data Science and Analytics (DSA) Course Modules and deliver them in the targeted disciplines: Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Information Systems, and Economics;
  2. Create new courses and integrate the DSA modules into existing courses that will eventually lead to an Undergraduate Certificate in DSA;
  3. Offer Undergraduate Research Opportunities; and
  4. Establish Data Science and Analytics Faculty Training and Learning Community.

Impact

This grant will build upon Bowie State University’s foundation and capabilities and will impact over 700 students per semester and several faculty after the project’s activities are completed. The grant also provides an opportunity for minorities in STEM and other fields to address social and scientific issues impacting minority communities locally, nationally, internationally and globally using big data and analytics.

Under the leadership of computer technology, economics and management information systems faculty, Bowie State University is embarking on new interdisciplinary approach to infuse Data Science and Analytics into its undergraduate curriculum. The purpose of this initiative is to prepare an underrepresented STEM minority workforce to meet the demands of the 21st century paradigms of Data Science and Analytics.