New Students to M.S. in Data Science Bring Diversity of Perspective

July 15, 2021
M.S. in Data Science students in person class

This summer, the School of Data Science welcomed new cohorts to the residential and online M.S. in Data Science program. In June, 59 students joined the residential program, including six dual degree students participating in the two-year MSDS/MBA program, while 21 students started the online program in July. 

The student body hails from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, bringing their unique experiences and perspectives to the classroom and data science community. Check out fun facts from a some of our new students:

“I have my pilot’s license.” - Walter Coleman

"I practiced law in South America." - Karolina Naranjo-Velasco

“I am a 2x National Champion for UVA Lacrosse (2019, 2021)” - Jack Peele

“I lived in London for five years.” - Kara Fallin

“I used to train with Gabby Douglas (Olympic gold-medalist in gymnastics)” - Avni Malik

“I played the cello at Carnegie Hall” - Stephen Whetzel

"I was one of four girls in my family growing up, and all of us went into STEM fields." - Melanie Hazlett

I was a rower at UVA and am currently a part-time assistant coach with the UVA men's rowing team.” - Francis Vasquez

"I was on the UVA Division 1 Swim Team." - Connor Killion

M.S. in Data Science 

Class size 53
Average years worked 1-3
Female 51%
International 4%
Underrepresented 13%
Military/Veteran 2%
UVA undergraduate 66%

Online M.S. in Data Science

Class size 21
Average years worked 1-3
Female 24%
Underrepresented 14%
Military/Veteran 5%
UVA undergraduate 19%