Student Success Stories

Whether through their capstone projects or through competitions, students of UBC’s Master of Data Science program are turning data into knowledge that can, and will, be used to inform decisions in the real world. Below are just some examples of the successes they’ve achieved to date:

MDS Spotlight: Meet Rob Blumberg MDS Vancouver – Class of 2020

Aug 07 / 2020

It was his passion for soccer that Rob Blumberg first encountered the world of data science.

“I was particularly interested in learning about these models and algorithms that were capable of uncovering meaningful insights about soccer games from data which did not seem to contain obvious patterns,” he explained.

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MDS Spotlight: Meet Ravi Gill, MDS Computational Linguistics – Class of 2020

Jul 30 / 2020

After completing his undergraduate degree in computer science from Vancouver Island University, Ravi Gill was fully committed in moving directly into the workforce. However, Gill’s senior undergrad project involved using machine learning to look at social media metadata over time (number of likes, shares, etc…) and try to predict the next most popular musician.

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MDS Spotlight: Meet Reiko Okamoto, MDS Vancouver – Class of 2020

Jul 24 / 2020

Before Reiko Okamoto entered the UBC Master of Data Science program, she was pursuing a Master’s of Science in Public Health at Lund University in Sweden. It was during this program where her interest in data science was first sparked.

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3 skills you need as a data science student – Part 3

In our final part of our blog series , we focus in on skill #3: Time Management

Jul 17 / 2020

In parts 1 and 2, I went over knowing yourself as a learner and tackled your problem-solving skills. In part 3, I cover the importance of time management.

Skill #3 – Time management

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3 skills you need as a data science student – Part 2

In part 2 of a 3-part blog series, we tackle skill #2: Problem Solving

Jul 15 / 2020

In part 1, I outlined the importance of knowing yourself as a learner. In Part 2 of our series on the three skills you need as a data science student, we move on to …

Skill #2 – Problem-solving

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Mohsen Zardadi and his family

A Graduate’s Path: Mohsen Zardadi

The first MDS Okanagan graduate to get a job

Jul 10 / 2020

Students choose graduate studies for a number of reasons.

For some, their chosen profession requires it, while others want to change career paths or advance more quickly in their current roles. Many others want to conduct high-level research in an area close to their hearts or one that can change the world.

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3 skills you need as a data science student – Part 1

In part 1 of a 3-part blog series, we focus on skill #1: Know yourself

Jul 13 / 2020

Having been admitted to the intensive UBC Master's of Data Science Computational Linguistics (CL) program, students are going to undertake 96 lab assignments, 42 quizzes, 192 lab hours, and 288 lecture hours. Two years of courses are compressed into 10 months. Those numbers highlight the anticipation I felt when I joined the program last September 2019. As a new graduate from a business bachelor’s degree with minimum experience in data science, I was accepted into the UBC MDS CL program.

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Learning Remotely. Photo by Martin Dee / UBC Brand & Marketing

MDS Spotlight: In-person to Online: Learning MDS Remotely

Read how our MDS students have adjusted to learning MDS online.

May 06 / 2020

In an ideal world, our MDS students would be learning in-person amongst their cohort but the COVID-19 outbreak has forced post-secondary institutions like UBC to move classes online.

We spoke to a few of our MDS students from the Class of 2020 on how they’ve adjusted to learning data science online.

Q: How have you been adjusting to learning online?

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MDS Spotlight: From MDS Okanagan Student to Healthcare Hero

MDS Okanagan student drops the books, dons medical gear amid COVID-19 outbreak

May 05 / 2020

Ngan Nguyen Lyle was studying for an upcoming data science quiz when she got the call.

Lyle, a Master of Data Science (MDS), student at UBC Okanagan and medical doctor, was being summoned to return to work to support Interior Health’s COVID-19 response team.

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MDS Spotlight: In-Person to Online: Teaching MDS Remotely

Read how our MDS Teaching Staff have adjusted to teaching online.

Apr 29 / 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many institutions like UBC to move all classes online. The UBC Master of Data Science (MDS) program was no exception and has been teaching online since March 16.

To move to this new way of teaching, the MDS team used a variety of online tools like Collaborate Ultra and Zoom for lectures. Slack and GitHub to communicate with students and Canvas to administer exams.

We spoke to a few of our MDS teaching staff to see how they’ve adjusted to this new way of teaching and lessons learned.

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