Overview

We have a summer in Storrs for you!

New this year, UConn's Pre-College Summer Data Science course provides high school students the opportunity to dive into the ever-expanding world of data science at a nationally ranked public university campus.

Where will your future take you?

That’s a hard question to answer, especially for high school students. UConn’s Pre-College Summer can help students figure out what path is right for them. Offered during Session 4, our Data Sciencecourse combines several disciplines, including statistics, data analysis, machine learning, and computer science. With the evolution of technology in the 21st century and the rapid increase of demand for these skills, the field of Data Science is growing at an extraordinary rate.

Imagine that you are the Chief Data Scientist of an online movie store. Your task is to recommend movies for your customers to watch based on collected rating data from other users. This task is similar to what Amazon data scientists do behind the scenes at IMDb, the world's most popular and authoritative source for all things cinema. IMDb, an Amazon company, uses components of data science and uses data rating to recommend movies to users. So, what are you going to do to drive revenue for an online movie enterprise?

The Data Science session will offer an introduction to some techniques for recommendation systems used in the field of Data Science. Students will learn how to program using Python, review basic linear algebra and probability, build models and websites that give recommendations based on given rating inputs, and learn how to utilize selected recommendation system techniques such as user-based and item-based collaborative filtering and matrix factorization. After completing the course, students will be able to understand and utilize the same algorithms that have been applied for recommending various products in business world, as well.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Monday: Python Programming Fundamentals
  • Tuesday: Brief review on Linear Algebra and Probability
  • Wednesday and Thursday: Recommendation Systems, Model building, and Web design and development
  • Friday: Students complete their projects and showcase work.

Course Prerequisites:

Some exposure to linear algebra (basic knowledge about vectors, matrices, and operations) and Python programming will be helpful in taking this course, but is not necessary. 

For information on how UConn is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our website!

Cost and Session Information

Costs and fees are determined by the number of sessions a student enrolls in (one, two, three, or four sessions). Enrolling in a weekly session, includes the selected academic course* taught by UConn faculty or experts in their industry, exploratory workshops, social programming activities, as well as administrative costs, all meals, and housing in an air-conditioned residence hall. Laundry machines located inside of the residence halls are available to participants at no cost. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from the Program, at their own expense. 

*Additional Course Fees: Additional fees to select academic courses may apply. These fees help to cover the added cost of supply kits, studio fees, travel, entrance fees, etc. For specific course fee information, visit the course's information page. If applicable, this course fee will be applied at time of course enrollment. 

Program Cost and Fees: 

Application: A non-refundable application processing fee of $45.00 must be paid in order to have your application reviewed. The application fee can be paid at the last step of the application process and is separate from enrollment costs. Our application fee is waived for students who apply before January 6th. After this date our standard application fee will be applied.

Enrollment: A $300.00 non-refundable deposit per session that will be collected at the time of enrollment is required to enroll in Pre-College Summer courses. This deposit will be credited to your program fee’s account balance.

Discounts

Early Bird: Take advantage of a $150 early bird discount when you submit your application by April 1st, 2020

Multiple Sessions: Receive a discount for enrolling in more than one session, as indicated in the pricing table above. Check out our Course Academies for bundling options!

Sibling Discount: If two or more siblings enroll in the Program during the same summer, the subsequent sibling(s) will receive a $100.00 discount off of their total Program fee.

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