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Data Science for Undergraduates: Opportunities and Options

Over the past decade, numerous industries and aspects of daily life have become increasingly reliant on data and the field of data science has emerged as a career path and academic discipline. The consensus study report Data Science for Undergraduates, sponsored by the National Science Foundation and published in May 2018 by the National Academies Press, may be of particular interest to college-level STEM educators and administrators. This report "offers a vision for the emerging discipline of data science at the undergraduate level [and] outlines some considerations and approaches for academic institutions and others in the broader data science communities to help guide the ongoing transformation of this field." Among the report's many recommendations, its authors note that since data-driven decision-making is an important part of virtually every job sector, data science university programs should aim to attract students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Those interested can read the full 120-page report online or download it as a PDF for free, and it is also available to purchase as a paperback or ebook. Additionally, visitors can view a short video of the report's highlights and an hour-long public briefing video under the Resources tab.
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August 30th, 2019
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August 26th, 2019 at 1:50pm
Date Of Record Release
August 27th, 2019 at 11:19am
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