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D2K Capstone Program:

DSCI 435 / 535 & COMP 449 / 549, Applied Machine Learning & Data Science Projects

Instructors: Genevera Allen, Arko Barman and Su Chen

Description: In this course, students will work on interdisciplinary teams to solve a real-world data science project with clients from a variety of industries and disciplines.

Check out the Projects

Registration in this course requires a course application (even if you pre-registered) which is due Tuesday, January 11th at noon. In the course application, you can specify your project preferences which are used to assign projects and form teams. Everyone must submit a course application or you won't be placed on a team and allowed in the course!

What to Expect

  • We have projects that will use computer vision, natural language processing, signal processing, forecasting, statistical modeling, and data visualization to help solve problems in engineering, environmental science, neuroscience, sports, inequity, law, and more - even to sequence the genome of Sammy the Owl!

  • Projects are industry-sponsored (finance, energy, healthcare, tech), community impact projects (government and non-profits), and research projects (working with Rice or medical center faculty).

Check out examples from past projects >

Who Should Apply

  • Intended for seniors (some advanced juniors), professional masters, and beginning PhD students who have advanced coursework and expertise in some area of data science and want to complete a challenging, real-world data science project.

  • Required course for the Data Science minor capstone (DSCI 400 will not be offered this spring and students should instead register for DSCI 435), MDS capstone, and MECE data science track capstone.

  • Elective course for STAT senior capstone, CAAM senior capstone, STAT and CAAM grad students, COMP undergrad and grad students, and other students with advanced data science experience interested in conducting a real-world or research project.

  • Fill out the course application (due Tuesday, January 11th at noon). In the course application, you can specify your project preferences which are used to assign projects and form teams.

Course Meeting: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM on Mondays & Wednesdays

Location: PCF Tent 4 (Online until Jan. 24)


Students interested in this course should attend the first lecture on Zoom ( on Monday, January 10th at 5pm to learn all about the class and ask questions.

Apply Online

Intro-Level D2K Courses:

DSCI 101: Introduction to Data Science

Instructor: Su Chen

Description: Students learn the fundamentals of data science and Python programming while working on teams to solve real data science challenges, design a data science pipeline, and derive and communicate valuable insights from data.

  • Intended for undergrads and no prior statistics, math, or programming experience is required.

  • Gain fluency in basic programming skills in Python with a focus on statistical modeling and machine learning.

Prerequisites: No prior background in statistics or programming required.

Course Meeting: 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Location: PCF Tent 3 (Online until Jan. 24)

Learn more >

View student projects from the previous D2K Showcase:

D2K Showcase Fall 2021