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Opportunities in Data Science for Faculty and Students through a Spelman/MSU Partnership

Spelman MSU Data Science Master’s Degree Program

Spelman Launches Data Science Masters Degree Partnership with MSC

What is Data Science?

Data science is the practice of building models based on DATA to understand the world around us.

Why is Data Science Important? 

Data science can be found in most disciplines and is used to make critical decisions in science and in industry.

Why are the Voices and Input of Spelman Women and Faculty Needed?

Fewer than 3 percent of data scientists are women of color. Data scientists often make decisions that are based on their experiences and perspectives. This can sometimes lead to inequities in how data are interpreted and used. Having diverse perspectives is critical to ensure that these inequities are minimized.

Why Was the Spelman/Michigan State University Partnership Created?

The Spelman College/MSU partnership is generously funded by the NSF Harnessing the Data Science Revolution (HDR) program and the Sloan Foundation. 

This partnership was developed to offer Spelman STEM majors an opportunity to gain skills and advanced training in data science.



Learn More About the Masters Program and Summer Bridge Experience  

Expand the list below to discover more about the exciting data science opportunities and apply today.

  • Apply by April 15: Fully-Funded Masters Degree for Graduating Senior STEM MajorsExpand
  • 3+2 Data Science BS to MS ProgramExpand
  • Data Science Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates Expand


  • Sloan Data Science Faculty Fellows ProgramExpand


  • Sloan Data Science Seminar SeriesExpand



Contact Us

Mathematics Department
Science Center

Additional Contact Info

College Bulletin

Spelman and MSU Partnership Team Members

Spelman College

  • Dr. Monica Stephens, Chair of Department of Mathematics
  • Dr. Marta Dark McNeese, Chair of Department of Physics
  • Dr. Tiffany Oliver, Chair of Department of Biology
  • Dr. Jerry Volcy, Director of Innovation Lab

Michigan State University

  • Dr. Andrew Christlieb, University Foundation Professor and Professor of CMSE
  • Dr. Dirk Colbry, Director of Graduate Recruiting CMSE
  • Dr. Katy Colbry, Assistant Dean, Graduate Student Services, College of Engineering
  • Dr. Vine Melfi, Associate Professor Statistics and Probability
  • Dr. Yuying Xie, Assistant Professor CMSE
  • Dr. Arjun Krishnan, Assistant Professor CMSE*

Please contact a member of the team if you have questions.
*Computational Mathematics Science and Engineering (CMSE) 


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