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Project Title:

Envisioning the Data Science Discipline: The Undergraduate Perspective
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-16-01        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: DEPS Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics
Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS

RSO: Eisenberg, Jon

Subject/Focus Area: Computers and Information Technology; Education; Industry and Labor; Math, Chemistry, and Physics; Surveys and Statistics

Project Scope
A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study will set forth a vision for the emerging discipline of data science at the undergraduate level.  It will emphasize core underlying principles, intellectual content, and pedagogical issues specific to data science, including core concepts that distinguish it from neighboring disciplines. It will not consider the practicalities of creating materials, courses, or programs.

It will develop this vision considering applications of and careers in data science.  It will focus on the undergraduate level, addressing related issues at the middle and high school as well as community colleges as appropriate, and will draw on experiences in creating Master's-level programs.  It will also consider opportunities created by the emergence of a new STEM field to engage underrepresented student populations and consider ways to reduce the “leakage” seen in existing STEM pathways.  

Information gathering will center around two workshops, the first likely focused on principles and intellectual content, and the second likely focused on pedagogy and implications for middle and high schools and community colleges.  To get material on the record quickly and spark community feedback, a rapporteur-authored workshop summary report will be issued following the first workshop.  A final report will be issued following both workshops and committee deliberations setting forth a vision for undergraduate education in data science.

Project Duration: 16 months    

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Committee Membership
Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 12/12/2016
 Meeting 2 - 04/25/2017
 Meeting 3 - 05/02/2017
 Meeting 4 - 09/12/2017
 Meeting 5 - 09/19/2017
 Meeting 6 - 09/26/2017
 Meeting 7 - 10/03/2017
 Meeting 8 - 10/10/2017
 Meeting 9 - 10/17/2017
 Meeting 10 - 10/24/2017
 Meeting 11 - 11/07/2017
 Meeting 12 - 11/14/2017
 Meeting 13 - 12/06/2017


Reports having no URL can be seen
at the Public Access Records Office
Data Science for Undergraduates: Opportunities and Options