Students and Education

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STUDENTS AND EDUCATION OVERVIEW

The South Big Data Hub has provided students opportunities to gain real-world experience through attending multi-week team building fellowships, collaborating in fast-paced atmospheres, providing expert knowledge to address company data-related business challenges, obtaining internships to utilize data for social impact, and participating in speaking engagements and travel awards to expand their knowledge and network.

In addition, the South Hub and partners developed tools to help youth understand the many aspects of the data-intensive computing environment through a national online Data Science course.

 

IMPACT

  • 176 students participated in DataUp workshops
  • 100+ indirect learners who benefited from workshops/bootcamps, modules, and courses taught by DataUp trained faculty members
  • Over $280,000 in funding for students to gain real-world data-related career experience

 

VIEW MORE ABOUT OUR WORK WITH STUDENTS AND EDUCATION

On Friday, June 9, 2017, more than 75 people from across sectors and disciplines—academia, government, nonprofits, and industry—met at the Microsoft Chevy Chase Pavilion near Washington, DC, to assess the progress of the South Big Data Hub, and shape its future.The recent 2017 South Hub All-Hands meeting allowed several Hub stakeholders, members, partners, and funded projects, called “spokes,” to convene and report on progress and upcoming activities. It also was a forum for members to connect with colleagues across disciplines to form collaborations as new hopefuls for the next round of "spokes" funding. Vire the post to learn more about the meeting, speakers, and outcomes.
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Earning a college degree takes more than time and effort—it requires a significant financial investment. According to a report from Thrivent Mutual Funds highlighted in a recent edition of Forbes magazine, choosing a major that can translate into a data science career is one way to ensure that your career earning power will allow you to pay off those student loans quickly. Is an understanding of data, how to use it, manage it, and act on it, the newest foundational skill essential for career success in the 21st century? Probably so. It can also help you with very practical concerns, for example interpreting the automatic diagnostics that are done daily on your new car so you can figure out a better route to work and improve your gas mileage. How to afford that fancy data-driven car? A data science education that opens up many well-paying career opportunities is a good place to start. View post for the full report.
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The Center of excellence in Research and Education for big military Data InTelligence otherwise known as the C.R.E.D.I.T Center is Prairie View A&M University’s premiere graduate level program for the processing and effective sorting of complex data. Funded by the Department of Defense, the C.R.E.D.I.T Center is one of three centers funded by the DoD at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is a one-stop-shop for engaging students in Big Data education, analytics and solving complex real-time problems for the military. Dr. Renata Rawlings-Goss the Executive Director of the South Hub gave a keynote speech at the C.R.E.D.I.T Center’s First Workshop of Mission-Critical Big Data Analytics (MCBDA 2016) held at Prairie View A&M University (Prairie View, TX). Click to learn more.
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DataStart participant fellowship recap of experience at Black Oak Analytics, a Little Rock data startup. Fellowship mainly focused on data integration of unstructured entity references. The primary goal of my work was to develop and test a more general approach to the problem of resolving entity references in free text format.
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Funded as an NSF grant to train graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty on “Big Data + High-Performance Computing + Atmospheric Sciences”, our training program is a new NSF-funded initiative in big data applied to atmospheric sciences and using high-performance computing as a vital tool.
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High Impact Applications of Data Science in Precision Medicine, Health Analytics, and Health Disparities
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On August 26 and 27, programmers and software engineers convened in Orlando to push the boundaries of creativity, innovation, reality, and technology to build solutions and concepts that have the potential to make a difference in the Orlando community. Called the Orlando Smart Cities Hackathon, the event aimed to support the city of Orlando in its efforts to become a smart city and also to demonstrate the city’s capabilities as it works to earn the title of “The Smartest City.” Orlando received two smart cities grant awards and is pursuing a variety of additional funding opportunities for smart cities initiatives that would help to enhance transportation citywide and beyond. In these pursuits, the city continues to move forward with building a data-driven infrastructure that will support safer, cleaner, and more efficient travel and an improved quality of life. 
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The purpose of this workshop is to collect practitioner input into the challenges surrounding the use of data coming from distributed sensors in the context of smart cities and smart campuses.
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The 2018 DataUp program includes seven institutions from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and primarily teaching-focused institutions. Institutions will receive a 2-day data science workshop on their respective campuses and travel funding for an in-person ‘train-the-trainers’ workshop in Atlanta, GA to prepare teams to teach regional data science workshops. 
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The goal of the 2017 Joint PI Meeting was to gather PIs who are funded through the NSF’s BIGDATA research program and Big Data Hubs and Spokes programs, along with industry and government invitees, to discuss current research, identify challenges, and examine promising opportunities and future directions of data research and education.
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