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Jump-Start Data Science Summer Program

Late May - Early August
Program Overview

This program is part of an accelerated minor in Data Science. During the summer you will take the first four of the six classes required for a minor in Data Science, and complete the minor the following academic year.

The program begins one week before the official start of Summer Session 1, with an online section of CSCI 140 (Programming for Data Science, Prof. D. Willner).  Starting this introductory programming course early will give you the head start you need for DATA 146 (Introduction to Data Science, Prof. R. Smith).  In the second half of the summer you will move on to DATA 310 (Applied Machine Learning, Prof. D. Vasiliu) and PHIL 330 (Ethics and Data Science, Prof. M. Haug).  Throughought both sessions, you will take SPCH 201A (Public Speaking, Prof. M. King). Extra time is built-in to some of the courses to ensure you will have adequate time to finish projects.

  • Accelerated minor; you can complete the majority of the Data Science minor over the summer, and the remaining two courses in the following year.  You will earn a total of 15 credits over the summer.
  • Students will receive credit for a COLL200-ALV, two credits with the ALV knowledge domain and/or their performing arts requirement, and three credits for the NQR knowledge domain.
  • Students will have the opportunity to connect with a variety of employers who recruit at William & Mary. Through different sessions with organization representatives, students will learn about trends in data science, internships & full-time positions, the application process and how to stand out as a candidate. Students will also participate in professional development workshops on topics including resume/cover letter writing and interviewing.
  • Small group; you will be part of a summer cohort of ~25 students.

The 2022 Jump Start Program application [Qualtrics form] must be submitted by February 15th.

Financial Support

With generous funding from the Arts & Sciences Faculty Grants initiative, Data Science is excited to announce financial support for qualifying students to attend the Jump Start Program. These funds are intended to identify and recognize students who face challenges in their pursuit of studies in data science, but whose motivation and drive suggest they will be leaders in the classroom and strong candidates to participate in independent research or mentored teaching before they graduate.

All students who apply to the Jump Start Program are invited to apply for this financial support [Qualtrics form]. The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on March 4th. The selection committee will use the following criteria in assessing applications:

  1. Demonstration of a student’s academic potential based on coursework taken at W&M
  2. Demonstration of the value of the Jump Start Program to a student’s academic and career goals
  3. Student’s contribution to the diversity of W&M Data Science

The application is due by 5:00 p.m. on March 4th.

Please direct all questions to [[jsettle, Dr. Jaime Settle, Associate Director of Data Science]].


Housing may be available on campus.

Schedule (2022)

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday as follows:

Course Attributes Title Dates Credits
CSCI 140 Online, NQR Programming for Data Science May 24 - June 26      4
DATA 146 In Person Intro to Data Science June 1 - July 1      3
DATA 310 In Person Applied Machine Learning July 6 - August 5      3
PHIL 330 ALV, C200, Hybrid Ethics and Data Science July 6 - August 5      3
SPCH 201A ALV, In Person Public Speaking June 1 - August 5      2

Contact Associate Professor Jaime Settle ([[jsettle]]), Associate Director of Data Science Program.