Data Science NSF REU Program - 'Interdisciplinary Data Science Research for Safe, Sustainable and Healthy Communities.'
The Data Science Program was awarded an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) grant to sponsor 10 bright students from across the country for 10 weeks of intensive research. The students, chosen from hundreds of impressive applicants, work in teams with WPI faculty and graduate students. They learn state-of-the-art data science techniques and technologies and apply them to ongoing research focused on societal challenges in 'smart and connected' communities. These include healthcare, sustainability, security and mobility; all interlinked concerns of critical national importance.
Data Scientists are being called the Rock Stars of the Tech World whose role is fast becoming the most sought after career in the technology world. Google, Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn use data scientists to help them maintain that innovative edge in the digital data era. Data and technology enthusiasts are aspiring to become data scientists in the same way some musicians aspire to become rock stars.
Thee REU students have an amazing opportunity to learn from the best here at WPI. The culmination of their summer research studies is an Open Poster Session to be held during the final week of the program, and, where appropriate, at scholarly venues and conferences.
It isn't all work and no play for the students who are housed on campus at WPI. Weekends are their own and they've explored the Boston Aquarium, the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, the best foodie spots and even gone white water rafting.