ARC receives $20,000 grant for data science projects applicable to academic disciplines – students can participate – The American River Current
The deadline for proposals is October 24
American River College recently received a $20,000 grant for projects exploring the integration of data science into the academic discipline, according to Kirsten Corbin, dean of business and computing at ARC.
“Data can be manipulated in ways that negatively impact us or it can be used to drive meaningful change,” Corbin said. “Therefore, it is imperative that students understand and visualize their world in data.”
According to Corbin, the grant will be divided into four grants of up to $5,000 each, a decision made by Frank Kobayashi, vice president of instruction at ARC. This allows multiple projects (eiideas) to run while providing enough resources to succeed.
“The awards are intended to support projects that investigate the integration of data science into academic disciplines,” Corbin said. “So the intention is that applications will be open to professors.”
- Even though the grant is for staff, students can submit proposals by getting a faculty sponsor, Corbin added.
There are five criteria that projects must meet in order to apply for the grant. The project must; be feasible within given time and funds, involve students in data collection and analysis, have a positive impact on student achievement and college equity goals, not be redundant, and be sustainable over the long term term.
According to Scott Crow, communications and public information manager for ARC, the donation came from the William Hixson Foundation, the same foundation that donated $25,000 to the Diane Bryant STEM Innovation Center. There is even a math classroom named after the foundation.
“The WEH Foundation has supported both Folsom Lake College and ARC,” Crow said. “We appreciate the foundation’s generous support for our students and our college.”
The last day to submit proposals is Oct. 24, and awards will be announced Oct. 31, Corbin said. Projects will be implemented no later than spring 2023 and reports will be due by late spring 2023.
According to Crow, the ARC has no plans in place to continue research in the area, but the college will be involved in any long-term projects arising from these proposals.
“Going forward, ARC would be involved if there were any projects that might be continuing or underway,” Crow said.