The University of Washington hosted the Data Science Minor Showcase several weeks ago, an event for undergraduates to explore the curriculum offered as part of the Data Science Minor program that was launched in Fall 2020. The showcase featured UW faculty outlining the new courses they have developed for the Minor, personal experiences from students who are currently enrolled in the minor, as well as smaller breakout sessions for participants to learn more about possible pathways towards data science from their areas of interest. One of the students who shared their experience with the Data Science Minor program was Stefan de Villiers, a UW senior who is majoring in Economics in addition to minoring in both Data Science and Mathematics.
The goals of the Data Science Minor Showcase event were to spread the word about the program to UW undergraduates and to make data science more accessible and widespread on campus, especially to students in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. “Data science comes in many different shapes and sizes!” says Stefan, “You will learn skills that make your studies richer and help you to tell better stories with the data you come across.”