Data scientist is “the sexiest job of the 21st century,” according to a 2012 article in the Harvard Business review. In the three years since then, the need for talented data scientists has only increased. The private sector, government agencies, and health research organizations all recognize their urgent need for experts to help make sense of the quantitative information they collect.
The Department of Statistics Award in Data Science honours talented young data scientists, and encourages students to explore this growing field. Your help is needed to ensure that this award continues to encourage and inspire students for years to come.
Data scientists require a broad skill set: they must have strong statistical and computational skills, and must be able to communicate effectively—verbally and visually—through data displays. Data scientists are needed in all fields. That’s why the Department of Statistics Award in Data Science is open to students across all faculties.
The first recipient of the award, Rosemary McCloskey, is a master’s student in bioinformatics. She says, “I’m really excited by this award. Data science is growing so quickly. Getting more people involved is important.”
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Department of Statistics Award in Data Science has funding for three years. With your help, the award can continue to recognize and reward talented data scientists.