Executive Session

Yearly On-Campus Week

Each spring students come together for an on-campus executive week session. The students work in small teams on mini-projects that include data curation and management, exploratory data analysis, statistical modeling and machine learning. Students develop analytical products to share with the larger group. This opportunity is utilized to give students progressively harder data acquisition, management and curation activities facilitated by co-location with fellow students and faculty.

The week is organized into structured, problem-based learning activities that focus on progressing from raw data to analytical findings. Along with hands-on learning, students will attend seminars with faculty members to discuss current research and development activities revolving around Big Data and Data Science. The seminars include human-centric (HCI) data, data-driven journalism, Big Data Security, and the Big Data landscape.

The DSA program at the university is enhanced by the executive session. The cohort students enjoy the opportunities to get to know each other in person and develop relationships networking with their pears, faculty and industry representatives. The one week of concentrated effort, interaction, networking and training enhances the otherwise on-line program.

Industry Advisory Board

Executive week brings together students with our Industry Advisory Board which is made up of the top data drive companies in many industries. Together with program leaders this board helps to shape the program to insure the graduating data scientists are ready to fill in-demand positions in many industries.  These companies represent the future of data science application. Students have the opportunity to network with industry professionals to help align skills.

Student FAQs

Is attendance at the executive session on campus required?
Yes, it is a required one week on campus training per year.
When is the executive session on campus?
The executive session on campus will be held in Mid-April each year.
When do we need to arrive?
Students must arrive at the hotel but Sunday afternoon to participate in a meet and greet that evening.
Where does executive week take place?
Executive week is held on the University of Missouri’s Columbia Campus.
Are accommodations and meals provided?
Accommodations and meals are provided during the executive sessions.
Are students responsible for their own travel expenses?
Students are responsible for traveling to Columbia, Missouri on their own accord.
Will students have free time?

Minimal free time is provided as the days are packed with seminars and activities. If a student wishes to say for a longer visit they will be responsible for their own expenses.

Can my dietary needs be accommodated?
Program staff will do their best to accommodate dietary concerns, however please notify in advance of any special requirements.
What will an average day be like?
Each day students have a power packed day of instructions, data labs team activities and presentations.  The evenings are filled with casual dinners, breakout sessions and a final formal evening.

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