Each year, the American Statistical Association (ASA) holds DataFest, a 3-day, 2-night competition (or “hackathon”) that provides a venue for talented and imaginative undergraduate data science students to showcase their ability to mine meaningful insights from complex data sets. Students present their findings to invited industry professionals who select overall winners for Best in Show, Best Visualization, and Best Use of External Data.
Last year, SMU hosted the first ever DataFest in the state of Texas. Gifts to this fund will help the Statistical Science Department host and provide teams from across the state of Texas with mentors, presenters, food, awards, and technical support at DataFest again this year.
Donors who give a gift of $75 or more will receive a free SMU DataFest t-shirt and will be listed as a sponsor on the DataFest program. Please ‘like’ the SMU Statistical Science page on Facebook to receive updates about DataFest and other department activities.
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