Carrying on a long legacy of philanthropy, on December 13 the Sullivan Family Foundation provided Chaminade University of Honolulu with an endowed gift of $250,000 to support the university’s new data science program.
The new data science, analytics and visualization major is coming to Chaminade University in fall of 2019. Data science is dominating discussions on a daily basis—big data are saturating every sector of the economy and not enough people know how to analyze and communicate them. According to a recent LinkedIn article, data scientist is the fastest growing and one of the best-paid jobs in the U.S.
This is the first data science major in the state. Students will partner directly with industry partners to gain real-world experience and build networks. They’ll work with businesses and organizations for a semester-long capstone project and engage in a variety of hands-on internships. Students will learn using new fully-equipped cyber infrastructure created specifically for this new program, including a new data science center and virtual reality classrooms.
“We are deeply grateful to the Sullivan family for their generous support over the many years,” says Dr. Lynn Babington, president of Chaminade University. “This endowment will help us build a new generation of data scientists who place a strong value on ethics and integrity.”
Applications for the new data science major starting in fall 2019 are open now.