The Fall semester at Rice University look much different than previous years with most of the courses moved to online and hybrid mode of small in-person class options. Not all students have moved back to campus and it was strange to see such a quiet campus especially during the first week of school. However, being remote and social distancing did not discourage students from learning and staying connected as a group. The D2K Lab teamed up with the Rice Data Science Club brought together a Data Science Virtual Welcome Party on Tuesday, August 25 to welcome new students interested in computational and data science. With over 110 registrations, students and faculty from various departments (ECE, CS, STATS, CAAM, etc.) gathered together and connected via zoom.
Students learned about ways to get involved with data science at Rice by joining several virtual rooms:
- Chat with Professor Genevera Allen and learn about the D2K Lab & D2K Capstone
- Chat with Professor Su Chen about the new D2K courses Intro to DS (DSCI 101), and Data Science Consulting.
- Chat with Professor Chris Jermaine and ask questions about the Data Science Minor
Student club officers from Rice DataSci, CS Club, Rice Apps, HackRice, and CSters also hosted their virtual rooms for students to interact, play games and get involved.
The D2K Lab and Rice DataSci Club offered free face masks to help students safely back on campus and follow Rice's social distancing guidelines