Data Science Academy

What is the DSA?

The Data Science Academy (DSA) was created to help students learn and build data analytics skills, regardless of what your major is! Participants include both college and high school students from Eastern Idaho and Salt Lake areas. The skills and certifications offered through the DSA are intended to help students gain skills that will increase marketability in future careers. The DSA offers small group classes, certifications, industry expert interactive guest speakers, and competitions that build on the training academy members have received.

The DSA is currently running year round. This cycle runs from January to December 2021. Students can join at any time. Currently the DSA membership is free! The software platforms that the DSA will focus on will be Microsoft’s PowerBI and one other platform to be announced soon.

The DSA is ready and waiting for you. Come build or strengthen marketable data skills!

Faculty or Staff?

If you are a faculty member or staff and not a student, you can still connect with the DSA. Please email Aubrey Shuga with your interest.

Winter 2021 | Calendar of Events

Kickoff Event – January 19, 2021 at 5 pm on Zoom

Weekly Meetings running January to December

3rd Party Training  is at the members own leisure

Keynote Speaker – June and July

Competition Begins – TBD

Landing your first data science job


June 15th | Remote/Online – Zoom
We will have the a guest speaker Joseph Cosby-Johnson from R studio speak on “Landing your first Data Science Job”. Further details about the DSA offerings and an interactive Q&A session will be featured.

Zoom Information

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 885 101 3308
Passcode: 278926

Weekly Meetings | Calendar

January 2021

  • 19 Jan @ 5 pm on Zoom – Kickoff Meeting and DSA Overview
  • 26 Jan @ 5 pm on Zoom – Why Is Data Science Important

February 2021

  • 2 Feb @ 5 pm on Zoom – Visualization Day
  • 9 Feb @ 5 pm on Zoom – Joining the Training and Opensource Coding options
  • 16 Feb @ 5 pm on Zoom – Creating Your Own Work
  • 23 Feb @ 5 pm on Zoom – Updates and Project Information

March 2021

  • 2 Mar @ 5 pm on Zoom – Branches of Data Science
  • 9 Mar @ 5 pm on Zoom – Discussion on AI in Data Science
  • 16 Mar @ 5 pm on Zoom – Data Ethics and Expertise with BYUI Alumni
  • 23 Mar @ 5 pm on Zoom – Showcase your work
  • 30 Mar @ 5 pm on Zoom – Intro to Python

April 2021

Announcements Coming Soon

May 2021

  • May 4 @ 5 pm on Zoom –
  • May 11 @ 5 pm on Zoom – Discussion on Bitcoin
  • May 18 @ 5 pm on Zoom – Graph recreation
  • May 25 @ 5 pm on Zoom – Showcase your work


3rd Party Training

Certifications (of course completion) through the DSA are offered after completion of a training course. Some of the training courses are provided JourneyTEAM a Microsoft Gold certified partner.

Students are assigned to small study groups based on schedules and work pace. Teams will have the entire month of February and part of March to complete the training course and receive the certificate. Typically a minimum time commitment of 3 hours per week is required to complete training for about four weeks.

Students are welcome and encouraged to participate in additional tasks and events outside of training as offered by the DSA.


The DSA is built with the understanding that students of all majors can benefit from learning how to work with and interpret data. Our hope is to reach students who may not otherwise have opportunities to gain confidence in working with data throughout the course of their formal education.

In addition to non-analytics related majors, we welcome those who are studying Data Science, Business Analytics, and related degrees! We hope to provide these students the opportunity to share the skills they have and in turn, strengthen their own understanding of data.

What To Expect

As a member of the Data Science Academy you have access to the following:

  • Ability to sign up for certificate-backed training courses
  • Sponsored competition with prizes
  • Industry expert guest speakers and forums
  • Networking opportunities with current and upcoming industry professionals
  • Much more that will be announced at a later date

Bonus: For students that sign up now, membership dues are waived.

Benefits of the DSA

The DSA is available to all students, regardless of previous experience.

Members will be able to learn more about what Data Science entails, see how real companies use data in their organizations, and be invited to academy specific events. DSA members will also be invited to participate in the competition and register for certificate-backed training courses.

Proof of Certification

Being certified has little weight unless you have proof. Completion of our training courses comes with a digital copy of your Certificate of Completion, backed by a Microsoft Gold Partner, and available to post on your LinkedIn, resume, or other professional development sites.

Improve Your Resume

A degree is an incredibly important part of your resume. However, to set candidates apart from the crowd employers also like to see that applicants have been involved with industry appropriate extra-curricular activities.

That is exactly what the DSA provides. Through involvement with the DSA, students are able to enrich their resumes with certifications, competitions, and projects for real companies, working with real data.

Valuable Connections

The Data Science Academy provides opportunities to build two types of professional connections. The first connections that are built are with other future-professionals who are also participating in the academy. This can lead to invaluable networking opportunities in the future. The second type of connections are with current industry professionals through guest speaker events, competitions, and other interactions.

Practical Business Skills

One of the most exciting elements of the DSA is the competition that is offered at the end of the semester. The competition is sponsored by a real company, headquartered here in Idaho, that will allow students the opportunity to compete using real life data.

Participating in the competition can give you an idea of what employers may ask you to do with your training certification.  For more information on the certifications, please refer to the Certifications Page.

Working Project

The DSA is providing a data visualization and dashboarding project. This project will provide students with real world data science project experience. Students that participate in the project will work in a team to create a user friendly dashboard that will enable leaders and planners to make investment and planning decisions around Tech Centers and education to meet the growing STEM demand in the region.

The DSA is ready and waiting for you. Come build or strengthen marketable data skills!