Data Science Institute - using data for good

The Data Science Institute strives to be the leader in knowledge and research in the area of data science and big data concepts. This is accomplished by facilitating interdisciplinary research, industry and government partnerships, and community outreach which puts MTSU at the forefront of data science regionally and nationally in terms of education and research.

Data Science Institute strategic focus areas:


Community Involvement Community Involvement

  • A key piece to the Institute will be community and university involvement. This includes working with communities and organizations that are looking to improve areas or constituents by “using data for good”. 

  • Current Projects:

Faculty Collaboration Interdisciplinary Faculty Collaboration

  • Opportunities to partner with companies on big data projects allow for entities to have the Data Science Institute look at data to add business value that may not have been apparent from those that work directly with the data.  Real-world projects for faculty and students gives them a hands-on opportunity to hone their skills as well create a pipeline for communication and opportunities. Several opportunities include consulting, training, funding and grant opportunities. 

    • Events to get faculty excited about Data Science and ready to collaborate
      • March 1st - Python for Data Science from 10AM to 2PM in BAS N127
        Workshop for the Jones College of Business
      • March 21st - What is Data Science?
        Get to know the Data Science Institute and projects that are underway.
      • March 28th - Developing Collaborative Data Science Opportunities
        Hear about what projects have been started and how you can get involved.
      • March 29th - Data Dive - Second Harvest
        Faculty and students can join us for an opportunity to dive deep into the data at Second Harvest.

Big Data Big Data Research Projects

  • To develop a culture that fosters interdisciplinary research at MTSU. This is established through a main theme of big data, which is a main theme in all areas of research within the university.

Industry Partnerships Industry and Government Partnerships

  • Facilitate research projects that promote big data and enable faculty and students to work together in common research themes that give MTSU opportunities for funding and publicity.
    • Hytch Rewards LLC - Worked with this startup to analyze their data and use it strategically to make better decisions as they go into new markets.  (Click here to read more about it.)


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Dr. Charlie Apigian
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