M.S. in Data Science Class of 2021 Graduation — School of Data Science


Join us in celebrating our M.S. in Data Science residential and on-line cohorts as they relive a few of their favourite reminiscences from their time on the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science. 

Graduates of the Class of 2021

The School of Data Science (SDS) is proud to announce 88 graduates of the M.S. in Data Science Class of 2021. They embrace 70 residential MSDS graduates, seven of whom are twin MSDS/MBA diploma candidates, and 18 Online MSDS graduates.

These college students joined the SDS neighborhood from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, introduced their appreciable expertise and tenacity to their research, and had been open collaborators with their classmates, college, and capstone sponsors.

We want them one of the best as they embark on their subsequent journey, whether or not that is thrilling new positions inside their firm or new alternatives with corporations like Apple, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, CCRI, Facebook, and Verisk. Graduates, congratulations, and we stay up for holding in contact with you as SDS alumni.

We are additionally celebrating 13 December 2020 graduates of the Online M.S. in Data Science Program. 

December M.S. in Data Science Class of 2020


Capstone Projects

M.S. in Data Science graduates are required to finish a capstone venture the place they work in teams to unravel real-world issues utilizing knowledge science abilities and strategies they study within the classroom. Capstone tasks are sponsored by a wide range of totally different purchasers in search of to make the most of MSDS college students to seek out progressive options.

This yr’s capstone sponsors included Clarabridge, dBS Productions, InnovateEDU, Internet Archive, LMI, NASA, North American AlMA Science Center at NRAO, RealSelf, Smart Cville, Transworld, US Department of Defense, UVA Anesthesiology, UVA Astronomy, UVA Biocomplexity Institute & Initiative, UVA Environmental Science, UVA Oncology, UVA Pediatrics, UVA Psychology, UVA School of Education, UVA School of Education – Special Education Research Accelerator, and Wiki Education Foundation.

Capstone Advisors

  • Rafael Alvarado – Program Director M.S. in Data Science, Associate Professor of Data Science
  • Mohammad Sadnan Al Manir – Postdoctoral Research Associate in Bioinformatics, Department of Public Health Sciences
  • Donald E. Brown – Senior Associate Dean for Research and Quantitative Foundation, Distinguished Professor in Data Science
  • Timothy Clark – Associate Professor of Data Science 
  • Jonathan Kropko – Assistant Professor of Data Science
  • Gerard Learmonth – Professor of Data Science
  • Oliver Schaer – Researcher, Darden School of Business
  • Per Benjamin Sederberg – Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Jack Van Horn – Professor of Psychology and Data Science
  • Brian Wright – Director of Undergraduate Programs, Assistant Professor of Data Science

Wood Family Outstanding Student in Data Science Awards

The Wood Family Awards are made attainable by a beneficiant endowment from the Wood household. Oscar Wood is a founding and lively member of the School of Data Science’s Data Science Board. Wood is devoted to the way forward for knowledge science and obsessed with educating future knowledge scientists.

“Use your skills to contribute and impact initiatives for the greater good. It can be immensely rewarding and personally satisfying.”

It is as a result of he believes in the way forward for knowledge science that the Wood household selected to determine an endowment for these awards to acknowledge scholar excellence within the subject.

Awards are given to at least one scholar from every graduating class who has demonstrated general excellence in educational efficiency. Nominations are submitted by and voted on by M.S. in Data Science college. Award recipients should show excellent work ethic, dedication to the sphere, and be wonderful collaborators. They should additionally display excellent service to the School of Data Science, University, and broader knowledge science communities.


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