The Presidential Initiative in Data Science at the University of Oregon

The Presidential Initiative in Data Science at the University of Oregon

The world is awash in data, and the advanced analysis of these data is changing all aspects of society. Top universities across the world are responding to this revolution, including the University of Oregon (UO) through a university-wide Initiative in Data Science.

The goal of this initiative is to enhance existing educational and research efforts across data science at UO, develop novel areas of undergraduate and graduate education, expand new avenues of research, strengthen connections with other universities on the West Coast, and develop deeper ties with industry, government and other societal partners.

Technology Association of Oregon hosted University of Oregon on Wednesday, May 20th for a webinar about the Data Science Initiative with a focus on the new university-wide undergraduate program and major in data science at UO that will start educating its first students this fall.

This was an interactive discussion with UO representatives who who are interested in learning more about the data science needs of the tech community that can be filled through the education of our students. And will include a preview of the next webinar focused on diverse aspects of graduate training in data science at UO.



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Bill Cresko
Executive Director for the Data Science Initiative & Professor of Biology
University of Oregon


Nestled in the lush Willamette Valley, with an easy drive to both the Pacific Ocean and the Cascade Mountains, the University of Oregon is renowned for its research prowess and commitment to teaching.

We exist to provide Oregonians and their peers from around the world access to an excellent education. We challenge our students to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. We serve the people of Oregon, our nation, and the world through research, teaching, and outreach that benefits humanity, drives innovation, strengthens the economy, and transforms lives.

Our students are smart, creative, and increasingly diverse. We support and celebrate their successes, and we work hard to provide inspiring educational opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Not so small that everyone knows you. Not so large that you feel lost.

The University of Oregon is one of just two schools in the Pacific Northwest selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, a consortium of 62 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada.

Faculty, Research, and Impact
Welcome to the life of the mind. Our faculty members are as busy learning as they are teaching. This ongoing pursuit—and sharing—of fresh ideas and better ways is what sets apart top-tier research universities like the UO. We want to energize you with a liberal arts education that rewards your curiosity, sharpens your thinking, and challenges you to live your best life. In the process, the fruits of our teaching, research, and public service efforts return billions to Oregon’s economy every year. The benefits for society and our world? Priceless.

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