Connect with MDS Students and Alumni

Whether you are currently recruiting talented Data Scientists, wanting to learn how Data Science could be leveraged to help your organization or looking to develop a partnership with UBC and the Master of Data Science program, we have a variety of ways to connect you with our students and alumni.

Why Hire a Data Scientist?

There’s a lot of data out there, many organizations collect and store terabytes of data but often do not know what to do with it or how to use it to improve business processes, predict customer behaviour, increase revenues, etc. This is where a Data Scientist can help. A Data Scientist’s job is to:

  • Craft a story, explaining the data in a way that will be easy to communicate and easy to act on.
  • Make predictions either from that data or similar looking data that you’ll get in the future.
  • Make sure that data is nicely formatted and conforms to some set of rules.
  • Build some sort of data product that can be used by people who aren’t data scientists. This can take many forms: a visualization (or chart), a metric on a dashboard, or an application.
  • Go back and redo the above tasks every time new data or situations occur. If you think that you are not collecting the right data, storing it in the right format or your data is not telling you a story (that you understand anyways) a Data Scientist can become an invaluable member of your team.

MDS students and alumni come from diverse educational backgrounds like business, engineering, statistics, computer science, science and arts and have an average of more than 2 years of working experience.

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What Employers Have Said

“What the MDS program empowers us to do is to partner with a group of brilliant students to drive Research & Innovation projects forward that originate from challenges/questions in our daily training environment, but would take us a lot longer to complete given our other daily responsibilities. In essence, the MDS Capstone project allows us to collaboratively work with students to complete in 8 weeks what otherwise might take us a year.”

- Dr. Johann Windt, Head of Data Science - Performance at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

“Many organizations today are sitting on vast amounts of data, but are struggling to go beyond simple descriptive analytics. Our partnership with the team of MDS students provided us with the expertise to go beyond these surface-level insights and dig deeper into factors affecting our business. We are looking forward to the opportunity to partner with students from the program on more projects in the future.”

- Elena Bobyreva, Director of HR with GLENTEL

Student Stories

Read about what they were doing prior to joining the program, their experience during the program, and their journey ahead.

Reiko Okamoto

Reiko Okamoto, Research Council Officer at National Research Council Canada

“The MDS program concisely covers a broad range of topics in data science [and] I appreciated how the capstone project guaranteed industry experience.”

Kaitlyn Hobbs

Kaitlyn Hobbs, Data Scientist at Statistics Canada

“UBC MDS Okanagan offers intimate class sizes and specialized professors that motivate participation, networking, and rapid skill development.”

Ravi Gill, MDS Computational Linguistics – Class of 2020

Ravi Gill, Validation Engineer at Intel Corporation

“The program exposed us to most of the big topics in computational linguistics such as sentiment analysis, text classification, or machine translation…I believe many companies would be ecstatic to find talent fresh out of university with these skills.”

Latest Employer Success Story

Visit our Employer Success Stories blog to read about how our industry partners are using data science in their organization and why did they partner with UBC MDS program to answer their data science question.


Capstone Partner Profile

For Dialpad, a provider of cloud-native business communications platform, you will find that the majority of its projects are data science-oriented. As a team with a lot of ongoing projects and responsibilities, Dialpad is constantly coming up with many interesting ideas but they often give way to projects that have higher priority. Wanting a way to test some of these ideas without the pressure of a product deadline led Dialpad to collaborate with the MDS program and become a capstone partner.

Get Social With MDS

Follow us on LinkedIn to see what are students and alumni are up to throughout the 10-months. You will find posts on MDS talks and upcoming events as well as profiles on our students.

Learn More About Data Science

Data science is a multi-disciplinary field that extracts knowledge and insights from data using scientific methods and reproducible and auditable processes.