Date(s) - 11/19/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Please use this link to register for the event.


Data science minor launch

Fall 2020 marks the launch of a new Data Science minor for undergraduates at the University of Washington. Students in the Data Science minor will gain literacy and fluency in data science methods and understand their implications for society and the world. This minor helps students leverage familiarity with data science in fields outside of data science, and gain skills and fluency to work with data in their major domain of study. This remote launch event will feature Provost Mark Richards, Associate Vice Provost for Data Science Andrew Connolly, and Director of the Data Science Minor Ben Marwick joining faculty, student, and alumni presenters who will highlight new data science courses, undergraduate research activities, and career opportunities.

Data Science Minor Launch

The theme of this event is “Data Science as Creating, Connecting and Computing”. Our schedule showcases faculty and student research that uses data science to create understandings and critiques of our experiences and relationships, to connect to real-world problems and answer domain questions with data, all made possible by computing and developing and sharing open source software for others to benefit from.


  • 10:00 AM: Ben Marwick, Director of the Data Science Minor
  • 10:05 AM: Mark Richards, Provost of the University of Washington
  • 10:10 AM: Andrew Connolly, Associate Vice Provost for Data Science and eScience Institute Director
  • 10:15 AM: Ben Marwick gives an overview of the new data science minor

Faculty Presenters

  • 10:30 AM: Clair Z. Yang (International Studies) – “Data science at the Jackson School of International Studies”
  • 10:40 AM: Rachel Cichowski (Political Science) – “The European Court of Human Rights Database (ECHRdb)”
  • 10:50 AM: LaShawnDa Pittman (American Ethnic Studies) – “Black Digital Studies”

Student Presenters

  • 11:00 AM: Kunpei Pang – “Covid-19’s impacts on worldwide air pollution”
  • 11:05 AM: Matt Chang – “The European Court of Human Rights and Migrant Rights”
  • 11:10 AM: Fengyu Xu – “An interactive map and dashboard for Covid-19 cases in Washington”
  • 11:15 AM: Emily Pollock – “How data science helps us understand the effects of different treatment strategies for sexually transmitted diseases in young adults”

Panel on Data Science Careers


  • 11:55 AM: Ben Marwick gives closing remarks

More information is available here about Winter 2021 Data Science Courses and Requirements.