Shlomo Engelson Argamon, professor of computer science and director of the Master of Data Science program, hosted a welcome lunch for data science students on January 31. The Master of Data Science, offered jointly by computer science and applied mathematics, was founded in fall 2013 and currently enrolls nearly 60 students. At the lunch, students learned more about data science in general and the program’s content, which includes a practicum in which students work with industrial partners on real-world data science projects. Argamon emphasized the importance of developing good communication skills, as data scientists needs to work together with a variety of both technical and non-technical people. He also discussed how the program particularly encourages students from diverse backgrounds outside computer science or statistics to apply, as they bring unique perspectives to understanding and solving data science problems. To learn more about the Master of Data Science program, visit the program website.