Not only are there jobs available for those with math majors, but there is also a workforce.
The S-STEM program, “Preparation of the Data-Driven Mathematical Scientists for the Workforce,” has begun accepting applications for 2016 in order to build that workforce.
The program will focus on data science, big data, microarray data, scientific computing, data mining, predictive modeling, high-performance, text mining and Linux. The director of the program, Ariel Cintrón-Arias, stated that the program is “all about workforce training.”
Cintrón-Arias also remarked that the students in the program “get started early in the high-level programming languages.”
The goal is for students to graduate fully equipped to enter the job market or graduate school using data science.
This sentiment was echoed by Rebecca Rasnick, a student already in the program.
“It allows you to get more experience,” Rasnick said.
However, she has a warning for potential applications.
“It is a hard class that will challenge you with every project,” Rasnick said.
S-STEM is a scholarship-funded cohort program that requires a minimum GPA of 3.3 and is only available to freshmen and sophomores. An applicant must have also done well in MATH 1910 or an equivalent class, which may include a high school Advanced Placement course.
The program is currently focusing on encouraging women and people from marginal groups to apply. Although the application review process will begin March 25, the deadline for applications is not until April 8.
Acceptance would mean a three year scholarship of $5,500 per year. Math majors accepted into the program must concentrate in either statistics or computational and applied mathematics. Those who are not math majors and are accepted into the program must minor in math or statistics.
This scholarship comes with expectations of working in the field of data science after graduation, as well as keeping in close contact over the spring and summer while a mandatory, free online class is taken.
While there may be rigorous demands, David Burton, also a student in the program, believes the program is beneficial.
“Any qualified student who does not consider this program in their plans for next year is putting themselves at a disadvantage,” Burton said.