How two students used data science to analyze ‘real-world’ problems


We hear a lot about data science nowadays, but do you ever wonder how it’s being used to help solve real-world problems?

In my first post of this blog series, we heard why two students chose to pursue a STEM field and what appealed to them about data science.

Today, we'll hear how they put that knowledge to work on a real-world data science project.

Lauren Agrigento, student, Louisiana State University, shares how she used data science to investigate the factors associated with opioid misuse and the findings that surprised her.

Watch the video below to learn more:


Jessica Rudd, PhD student, Kennesaw State University, shares how she, her classmates and their professor helped local radio personalities with a charity event. They used data science to logistically plan how to get two radio hosts to visit every single Jersey Mike’s in the Atlanta area - that’s 37 stores – on the “Day of Giving” event.

Watch the video below to find out how they did it:


Interested in learning more? Check out this free e-book, “Why choose a career in analytics? Job security, a larger salary, a chance to do good and more.”  Or learn more about how SAS helps students.

I hope you enjoyed learning more about how these students’ used data science to tackle real-world problems. Please feel free to share this post and these videos with your colleagues and friends.

Finally, stayed tuned! This is the second post in a monthly series that will feature more from students and professors.


About Author

Georgia Mariani

Principal Product Marketing Manager

Georgia Mariani has spent nearly a quarter-century exploring and sharing how analytics can improve outcomes. As a Principal Industry Marketing Manager at analytics leader SAS, supporting the education industry, she passionately showcases customers using analytics to tackle important education issues and help students succeed. Georgia received her M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from the University of New Orleans.

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