Wondering what Roughrider country has to offer a data expert? Check out this short guide to earning a data science degree in North Dakota. It has details on research labs & incubators as well as online degrees & job options.
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Studying Data Science in North Dakota
In 2018, the map of CompTIA’s Cyberstates noted that 5% of the North Dakota workforce was employed in the tech industry, ranking then 41st in the nation.
The presence of a Microsoft campus (and all of the accompanying vendors) has helped turn the Fargo/Moorhead area into a center of development. Emerging Prairie will be thrilled to tell you about the area’s low costs of entrepreneurship and the growth of high tech centers, incubators, and co-working spaces.
The other field to keep an eye on? Drones. Approximately 90% of North Dakota land is used for agriculture and the UAS industry is beginning to be a key player in the state’s economy. In addition to crops, UAVs are also being used to monitor wind turbines, power lines, and more. Check out Grand Sky, the country’s first UAS Business & Aviation Park, at Grand Forks Air Force Base if you don’t believe us!
Data Science Research & Initiatives at North Dakota Universities
Many of the local initiatives happening in data science revolve around the state’s two big public universities: the University of North Dakota (UND) and North Dakota State University (NDSU). These two schools form the anchor points of the Red River Valley Research Corridor.
At UND, for example, you’ll find strengths in:
- Big Data: UND is a key player in the Midwest Big Data Hub (MBDH) and its Computational Research Center (CRC) stands ready to help students and researchers with high performance computing challenges.
- Tech & Innovation: Founded in 1984, the UND Center for Innovation in Grand Forks is devoted to helping innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers launch new ventures and commercialize technologies. It runs two technology incubators – the Skalicky Tech Incubator and the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center – and offers a number of internships to current UND students.
- Geospatial Science: UND and the Department of Geography organizes a number of community-based GIS projects. The department has a good number of research labs.
At NDSU, you’ll find intriguing things happening in the realm of:
- Drones & UAVs: Faculty at NDSU are focusing research on drone imagery analysis in agriculture.
- Tech & Innovation: Researchers in the NDSU Research and Technology Park are involved in areas like RFID, high performance computing, and nano technologies. The Park manages a Technology Incubator for tech-based entrepreneurs and hosts an annual Innovation Challenge for NDSU students.
- Transportation & Logistics: Many of the programs at NDSU’s Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) incorporate sophisticated data analysis and geospatial science techniques. You can browse their research projects by topic.
Online Data Science Programs in North Dakota
There are some online data science offerings available from North Dakota schools, including UND and Minot State University (MSU).
Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science
Love geospatial data? UND’s online Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc) may be a good fit. The program is a blend of theoretical concepts and practical technical skills. Courses cover areas such as cartography, GIS, remote sensing, and digital image processing.
Alternatively, you can run through our directory of Online Graduate Certificates in Data Science. There are oodles of interesting programs from a number of well-respected schools.
Online Master’s Degrees in Data Science
One option in North Dakota is MSU’s online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS). It’s not a true data science program – it’s focused on areas such as business management, cyber security, and system analysis – but it does address the issue of big data management.
Data Science Scholarships in North Dakota
For this section, we chose to focus on university assistantships & scholarships that applied to degrees in our directory. But there’s plenty more money out there! The Office of Graduate Studies will have details on many sources of funding. For example, NDSU has an entire section on fellowship & funding opportunities.
Minot State University
- College of Business (COB) Scholarships: Although most of these scholarships are aimed at undergraduates, MSIS graduate students are eligible for a limited number of general COB awards (e.g. Bruce and Diane Walker Scholarship). The MSIS Scholarship is awarded is open to MSIS graduate students enrolled in at least 6 credits with a GPA of 3.0 or greater.
- MSIS Research Assistantships: Research assistantships are available for the MSIS program. In general, research assistants are expected to complete 5 hours of work per week during the academic year or 10 hours during the summer term.
Data Science Events in North Dakota
Data Science Meetups & Communities in North Dakota
The Fargo/Moorhead (FM) area has a small number of tech & data meetups. Some groups may be more dedicated than others!
- 1 Million Cups Fargo: This informal caffeinated event is a weekly opportunity for FM entrepreneurs to present their ideas to the community.
- Data Science and Big Data – Red River Valley: Sponsored by the Midwest Big Data Hub, this Fargo group is open to anyone interested in big data applications and technology, as well as related topics (e.g. Cloud computing).
Data Science Conferences & Workshops in North Dakota
Fargo doesn’t usually attract big data conferences such as Predictive Analytics World (PAW) and KDD. But Microsoft often hosts events on its campus (e.g. Dynamics GP Tech Conference) and there’s a TEDEx Fargo every year. Minneapolis may also have some conferences worth investigating.
- The Autonomous Nation Conference: It’s all about UAS tech at this event. Along with talks & training opportunities, there are drone races, demos, student pitches, and more.
- Prairie Capital Summit: Organized by Emerging Prairie, PCS brings investors, startup founders, and wannabe entrepreneurs together to discuss investments in the Midwest.
Data Science Jobs in North Dakota
North Dakota is a small state, in terms of population, so finding your dream data science job will involve a little bit of creative thinking. Microsoft is the behemoth, but you’ll find other options in the Fargo/Moorhead (FM) and Grand Forks corridor. For comparison, check out:
- The tenant list at the NDSU Research and Technology Park, where you’ll find names like Phoenix International (run by John Deere), Appareo, and numerous incubators. Data-driven companies such as Bushel and Intelligent InSites are former residents.
- The tenant list at UND Center for Innovation, where businesses such as AgriData and BioND are housedy.
Other data-driven employers in the area include Sanford Health and the universities themselves.
Remember, too, that many agricultural companies, especially manufacturers who create equipment and tools, have a keen interest in geospatial data and the Internet of Things. We’re talking about businesses like John Deere Electronic Solutions, RDO Equipment Co., Titan Machinery, Bobcat Company, and True North Equipment.
Data Scientist Salaries in North Dakota
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is not currently reporting salary data for computer and information research scientists (includes data scientists) in North Dakota. Nation wide, the median salary for the profession was $123,850 in 2018.
Data Science Programs in North Dakota
We found 3 universities in North Dakota offering Masters of Data Science programs (and/or closely related programs, like MS in Analytics / Masters in Business Analytics).
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