An institute at the University of Virginia is getting a $10 million grant from a generous donor, and it's not even a year old.
The Data Science Institute will be moving forward much quicker thanks to the grant. It will start working with its first class of graduate students this summer.
The institute will collaborate with several schools at the university to help manage, process, and understand large data sets. It already has plans to work with the medical center, the Curry School of Education, and the engineering school.
The institute’s director, Don Brown, says the donor felt this was a great way to positively affect several areas of study.
"We have this interdisciplinary approach to data science, which recognizes that it's more than just a narrow stovepipe field and an academic department. It is in fact something that reaches out across the university and can literally affect so many areas,” Brown said.
Brown says involving several disciplines is a unique approach that gained their idea recognition.
He has a list of projects he's been hesitant to start planning, but with the donation, he is confident many of them will begin work this year.