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Engaged Data Science

IMPROVE COLLECTIVE OUTCOMES

Building on UH’s expertise in STEM education and the success of existing programs such as Data Analytics in Student Hands (DASH) and Project Engagement Encouraging Rising Students (PEERS), the Engaged Data Science initiative aims to use project-based learning experiences to develop a pipeline of students prepared to pursue post-secondary education and career pathways in data science. Using responsive engagement as focal point, these projects will begin with the needs of communities as the core focus and will bring together a variety of partners including local community leaders, UH students and faculty, K-12 schools and the business community to find innovative ways to use data science to improve collective outcomes.

Andrew Kapral, Director

  Programs

  Data & Society Minor

This new minor, set to launch in fall 2020, is in partnership with the Honors College. The minor combines critical thinking with real world engagement to create relevant skills for interpreting and understanding data science.

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Honors College students working together in front of a laptop computer
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  Data Analytics in Student Hands (DASH)

DASH is a co-curricular Honors College program focused on engaging undergraduate students in projects designed to use data to address community needs.The program gives a group of students full-time research positions to work in small teams to make different mobile projects for community partners. It was launched in 2014 under The Honors College’s Data and Community Health initiative. In the summer of 2018, DASH inaugurated its first Pharis fellows, and worked on hypergraphs and health. 

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DASH Program classroom
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  Project Engagement Encouraging Rising Students (PEERS)

The PEERS program seeks to introduce data science principles to the Houston K-12 community and other outside audiences by using project-based learning. The is a community health initiative that rethinks the typical structure of existing mentorship programs. Teams of four from HISD high schools will be presented with an annual challenge in the fields of STEM and community health. 

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PEERS program students working together on a presentation
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Contact Us

Our office is located in Suite 205 on the second floor of the
Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building.

Phone: 713.743.9922
Email: datascience@uh.edu

Physical address:
4718 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204

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