The DSI forges partnerships with leading corporations across a variety of industries.

Companies support our research, master’s students’ capstone projects, and student career treks, among other endeavors.

Sponsoring a capstone project

Our Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) program graduates working professionals capable of obtaining value from data for their employers. Working toward this aim, all MSDS students complete a capstone project. Capstone projects challenge students to acquire and analyze data to solve real-world problems faced by commercial and government sponsors. 

Project teams consist of two to four MSDS students and one or more faculty advisors. These teams work with sponsoring organizations to provide valuable recommendations to address strategic and operational issues. Depending on the needs of the sponsor, teams may develop web-based applications that can support ongoing decision making. 

Sponsor responsibilities

  • Provide financial support for commercial computational infrastructure needs, faculty advisor involvement, student professional conference travel, and final deliverables
  • Fund support through either research contracts or gift agreements
  • Provide student and faculty access to raw data (confidentiality is protected with non-disclosure agreements for sensitive data, documentation and protected storage in a secure computing environment)
  • Assign primary point of contact to serve as a project mentor to the student team
  • Attend regular meetings with the team to ensure project progress

Student team responsibilities

  • Work with sponsor mentor and faculty advisors to address questions with the appropriate use of data science techniques and methodologies 
  • Conduct regular meetings with the sponsor mentor and faculty advisors to provide status updates and raise any issues that need to be addressed to facilitate progress
  • Develop a poster, published paper and conference presentation with conclusions

Find out how your organization can benefit from a partnership with the Data Science Institute. 

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