Innovations are Happening
Check back frequently as the AUC Data Science Initiative is constantly innovating with high-performance projects and programs to develop and strengthen the data science workforce and community.
Sloan Foundation Grant: ODxOS
The AUC Data Science Initiative has just been awarded $249,994 a grant from the Sloan Foundation to implement an “AUC-Sloan Open Source Software Development Postbaccalaureate Program,” also referred to as “Open Doors by Open Source“, in the summer of 2021.
As open source software development is essential to the collaborative nature of data science, this Program will strengthen efforts to develop a well-skilled data science workforce.
This Program will train Black computing graduates to prepare them for competitive positions at high-tech companies, develop course components to embed software development into the undergraduate curriculum, share promising practices with the AUC institutions and other HBCUs, and will diversify the high-tech field.
SAP and Coca-Cola: Virtual Computer Lab
SAP and Coca-Cola have partnered together with the AUC Data Science Initiative and the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library to create the AUC Virtual Computer Lab which will soon be available to all students and faculty at AUC member institutions: Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College.
The AUC Virtual Computer Lab will be the cornerstone of data science across the AC and allow students to access software, technology, and learning tools they need to become leading data scientists from anywhere, and on any device. The Lab will facilitate the use of computational platforms used by various disciplines to carry out data science work. The AUC Data Science Initiative in particular, will be utilizing the Virtual Computer Lab to teach its first course, “Data and the African Diaspora.”
The AUC Data Science Working Groups are made up of faculty and staff to aid in elevating data science research, scholarship, and teaching at the AUC member institutions. The Working Groups are designed to facilitate AUC-wide collaborations to increase data science knowledge, awareness, and best practices.
“Data analytics has become the vital skill for business students in today’s environment. Recruiters emphasize it constantly and we are hearing from our alumni and interns returning from the summer that they need to strengthen these skills. It does not matter which area of business you plan to enter; you need to know how to understand and analyze data.”