Course Title

Spring Virtual Data Science Consulting Project

Collaboration Overview

We are looking for a company to host a group of Masters students in Math (Masters in Data Science) and Computer Science to build expertise in real life Data Analytics. Students are mid-way through their programs and have a working knowledge of Python and R, and background in statistics and the algorithms of data science.

An appropriate project might include objectives related to:

  • Understanding the basic methods of predictive analytics.
  • Programming core algorithms of predictive analytics.
  • Applying the core predictive analytic algorithms to new problems.
  • Planning a data analytics project.
  • Describing and communicating solutions and problems related to team-oriented problem solving.
  • Writing reports and highlighting key outcomes on data analytic projects.

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Engagement Format: Live Case

Think "Hackathon" or Case Competition with a whole class of students! This learning format allows educators to deliver experiential learning to students at scale. Students are often split into groups to work on a live case (or a series of cases) from a real host company that directly relates to key learning objectives.

Timeline & Next Steps

  • December 18, 2020

    Deadline for Industry Partners to Apply to Participate

  • December 26, 2020

    Project Scope Finalized

  • January 18, 2021

    OFFICIAL PROJECT LAUNCH: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to kickoff the project.

  • April 23, 2021

    OFFICIAL PROJECT END: We’ll find a time on this day to web conference you into our class to close the project.

Project Inspiration

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Account Management

Process Overview / Mapping
Software Suite Recommendations
Process Optimization

Corporate Social Responsibility

Strategy Development
Requirements Planning
Evaluation and Recommendations

Data Management

Data Scrubbing & Reorganization
Data Synthesis & Visualization
KPI Design Visualization

Growth Strategy

Business Opportunity Research
Prospecting New Relationships
Designing & Scaling Processes

International Affairs

Expansion Planning
Cultural Assessment
Strategic Entry


Branding Strategy/Redesign
Social Media Optimization
User/Customer Acquisition Strategy Development & Testing


Process Design Review
Scalability Assessment
Inter-Departmental Efficiency Assessment

Product Design & Development

User Testing/Interviewing
Requirements Planning
Product Development/Extension

Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain

Sourcing & Distribution Analysis
Inventory Management
Distribution Optimization

Quality Control

Process Mapping & Checking
Document Validity Verification
Data and Fact Checking

Reporting, Financial Planning & Analysis

Growth Analysis
Valuations Assessment
Financial Performance Analysis​

Research & Development

Competition Due Diligence
Industry Size Assessment
Partnership & Channel Mapping

Sales & Business Development

New Business Opportunity Assessment
Market Testing
Customer Discovery/Interviewing

Software Design & Development

MVP Design & User Testing
Systems Integration
Technology Roadmap Planning

Academic Mentors


Emily Stone

[email protected]


Javier Perez-Alvaro

[email protected]

Academic Program Details

SchoolUniversity of Montana
CourseSpring Virtual Data Science Consulting Project
Graduate / UndergraduateN/A
Students Enrolled8
Student Time Commitment8-15 Hours
Class Meeting Day & Time*Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 11:00 AM MT - 11:50 AM MT

*Note: Company, faculty, and students will finalize meeting and communication schedule after collaboration is finalized

Collaboration Requirements

Requested Industries
Accounting & Legal, Aerospace & Defense, Agriculture & Forestry, Arts, Entertainment & Recreation, Biotech & Pharmaceuticals, Business Services, Construction, Repair & Maintenance, Consumer Services, Education, Finance, Government, Health Care, Information Technology, Insurance, Manufacturing, Media, Mining & Metals, Non-Profit, Oil, Gas, Energy & Utilities, Real Estate, Restaurants, Bars & Food Services, Retail, Telecommunications, Transportation & Logistics, Travel & Tourism
Requested Company Size
  • Pre-Revenue Startup
  • Established Startup
  • High-Growth Startup
  • Small Business
  • Medium Business
  • Large Enterprise
Duration7 weeks (01/18/2021 - 04/23/2021)
Company Time Commitment2 Hours per week of mentoring, answering key questions, and providing access to helpful resources
Project Count1


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