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The PhD program in Data Science has received approval to begin as early as spring 2021, it will become UTEP’s 23rd doctoral program and the first one housed completely in the Mathematical Sciences Department. The PhD in Data Science will prepare and train individuals who can immediately obtain positions in business and industry that use data to guide decision-making. This program also involves applied training that will allow graduates to collaborate with others to drive innovation. Recent surveys suggest that there is currently a deficit of people with this type of training; in fact, over 40% of companies report not being able to find personnel for positions that require expertise in processing and modeling data to make decisions. The establishment of this program at UTEP will create a pipeline of data science professionals in the region and will be a unique and valuable contribution to data science education, both regionally and nationally.
The AMS fall central sectional meeting that was scheduled to take place at UTEP on September 2020 will be held virtually. It is the first time that the AMS hosts a virtual meeting, so the AMS and UTEP will be making history together. The AMS has also approved the department's request for rescheduling the on-campus AMS sectional meeting to September 2022.
Tutors are available online to help students with Math and Stat questions.
Dr. Larry Lesser was selected to be interviewed by the ASA Journal of Statistics Education for its series on prominent statistics educators. The interview is now published at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10691898.2020.1733342.
News stories about this major interview have appeared on UTEP's newsfeed and the El Paso Herald Post website.