Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences
The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences is a founding partner in the a novel graduate training program steeped in Data Science: Integrated Data-Driven Discovery in Earth and Astrophysical Sciences (IDEAS). This program was funded by the National Science Foundation in 2015 with a six year grant. The IDEAS program transforms graduate STEM education by prioritizing integrated research and learning, professional skill development, and preparation for data-intensive careers throughout the academic and professional sector. This multi-faceted program is designed for graduate students from a variety of departments; students can choose at which level to participate, including earning a certificate in Data Science.
Vivian Tang, a second year geophysics PhD student in the Earth & Planetary Sciences graduate program has been selected as one of the inaugural IDEAS Scholars. Vivian shares that it has already been most beneficial to interact with students from a wide range of departments, and benefit from everyone’s input on solving problems. “The IDEAS program," she says, "is helping us to become well-rounded professional investigators, with training beyond individual disciplines.”