“It’s win-win. The students apply what they have learned about data science and the Rice community benefits from their knowledge in practical ways.”
So says Genevera Allen, associate professor of statistics (STAT), computer science (CS) and electrical and computer engineering (ECE), who has organized the Rice Data Science Consulting Clinic.
The clinic doubles as a class: Data Science Consulting, STAT 415/STAT 515, in the spring semester. It meets Mondays from 1 to 4 p.m. in 113 Rayzor Hall.
Under Allen’s mentorship, data-science students serve as consultants to Rice faculty and students, offering free advice and assistance. Enrolled in the class are 12 graduate and undergraduate students representing six disciplines – STAT, ECE, CS, computational and applied mathematics, mechanical engineering and psychology.
“The students advise clients on their data-science challenges. They learn best practices in consulting and gain exposure to a variety of real data-science problems,” Allen said.
Allen earned her B.A. in STAT from Rice in 2006, and her Ph.D. in the same field from Stanford in 2010, the year she joined the Rice faculty. She has a joint appointment at Baylor College of Medicine’s Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.
All members of the Rice community are welcome to drop by the Rice Data Science Consulting Clinic for free data-science help. More information can be found at datascienceconsult.rice.edu.