Data Science Institute - Developing People for the Data World

The Data Science Institute develops people for the data world.  This is accomplished by facilitating interdisciplinary research, industry and government partnerships, and community outreach which puts MTSU at the forefront of data science regionally and nationally in terms of education and research. The Data Science Institute also looks to develop people through doing by offering opportunities for projects, events (data dives), and training.

This initiative brings together all things data related at MTSU in education, research and projects, and student experiences.  By bringing "all things data" together it allows MTSU to offer the experiences needed to be successful in data science. The Initiative includes:

  • Data Science Bachelor of Science Degree (Starting in the Fall 2020)
  • Data Science Graduate Certificate (Starting in the Fall 2020)
  • PhD. in Computational Science (Started in 2011 and currently has 44 students and has graduated 24 PhD.'s.  A new Data Science concentration will be available in the Fall 2021.)
  • Data Science Institute (Started in 2018)
  • Innovative Programs (Starting this Spring 2020 and is creating programs from K-12 to career ready)

For more informaiton on the Data Initiative at MTSU, please read the following blog post.

Data Science Institute strategic focus:


Community Involvement Develop Students

  • A key piece to the Institute is the ability to develop students. To do this, we have teamed up with faculty and departments from across campus to give students the opportunity to develop skills outside ther classroom with:
    • Real world projects with companies and the community
    • Data Dives (data hackathons)
  • The Data Science Institute has also help guide the development of:
    • Data Science undergraduate degree (starts Fall 2020)
    • Data Science graduate certificate (starts Fall 2020)  

Faculty Collaboration Support Faculty

  • Facilitate research projects that promote big data and enable faculty and students to work together in common research themes that give MTSU opportunities for funding and publicity.

Industry Partnerships Explore Data

  • Opportunities to partner with companies on big data projects allow for entities to have the Data Science Institute look at data to add business value that may not have been apparent from those that work directly with the data.  Real-world projects for faculty and students gives them a hands-on opportunity to hone their skills as well create a pipeline for communication and opportunities.  
    • Second Harvest - improving the efficiency within the warehouse (read about the team that worked on this project at Hack MT)
    • Murfreesboro Police - predicting burglaries with leading indicators
    • Special Kids - Analyzing their donors and activities to better understand their tie to Special Kids and how to get them more involved.
    • Hytch Rewards LLC - Worked with this startup to analyze their data and use it strategically to make better decisions as they go into new markets.  (Click here to read more about it.)
    • AWIN (Advancing Women in Nashville) - A comprehensive report for understanding the job landscape and its effect on gender.


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