Brandi Klingerman | October 30, 2019
The University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College have received more than $1.1 million to expand data science education through the Interdisciplinary Traineeship for Socially Responsible and Engaged Data Sciences (iTReDS) program.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the iTReDS program will train undergraduate students in data science through a lens of social responsibility and engagement, including rigor and responsibility, ethics, society and policy. The goal is to develop scholars with an in-depth data science background as well as communication, critical thinking, teamwork and other skills necessary for professional development.
The iTReDS program will be coordinated by the Center for Network and Data Science at Notre Dame, in collaboration with the different academic units at both Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Participating academic units in this program include the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and the Minor in Data Science in the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame, and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Saint Mary’s College. The Center for Civic Innovation at Notre Dame will also support the program.
“At Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s, we are well-positioned to educate the next generation of data scientists in a way that ensures ethics and social responsibility are intertwined with delivering data-driven solutions in the real world,” said Nitesh Chawla, the Frank M. Freimann Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, director of the Center for Network and Data Science and program lead. “The iTReDS program is intended to help meet that need, by shaping scholars that can produce impactful and equitable solutions while appreciating the ethical implications of data science innovation and results.”
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