About 10 to 25 students make weekly visits to the Hayden Library Data Science Lab to connect with collaborators, mentors and projects around data science.
The open labs, which take place every Wednesday from 1-3 p.m, have been increasingly popular with students, who benefit from problem sponsors, or “clients.”
"Open labs are sessions where all students who want to work on data science can come in and learn, collaborate and practice through project-based curriculum," said Michael Simeone, director of the Unit for Data Science and Analytics. “It’s a great example of a new form of outreach and collaboration with students.”
Simeone and David Little, Data Scientist, recently hosted Rachel Phillips from the Desert Data Science group in Phoenix. Phillips presented on the professional ins and outs of being a data scientist as well as examples from her work consulting with SRP and Neudesic.
"It was a really good perspective on what it means to be a working data scientist," said Simeone. "These kinds of speakers are important to prepare students for their lives after ASU."
ASU students use the open lab to pursue projects in peer groups, listen to guest speakers and instructional sessions, and both present and work on projects they’re doing with the data lab.
On Wednesday, March 27, ASU students are invited to a special open lab workshop from 1-3 p.m.
All students are welcome in the lab.