By Judith E Canner (California State University, Monterey Bay)
In 2015, through the support of the NIH BD2K dR25 Enhancing Diversity in Biomedical Data Science Grant, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB), a federally classified Hispanic Serving Institution, started to develop several programs to support undergraduate training in biomedical data science. The programs include new majors, concentrations, and minors relevant to biomedical data science and professional and research training for undergraduate students and faculty at CSUMB. We will present the evaluation of the first two years of the program and discuss plans for the upcoming years. Specifically, we will discuss how faculty at CSUMB in fields closely related to biomedical data science enhanced their training in order to conduct research with undergraduates and to teach/develop new courses relevant to biomedical data science. In addition, we will present new and planned curriculum development at CSUMB to integrate data science across the curriculum. In keeping with the CSUMB Vision of serving the diverse people of California, the Biomedical Data Science Program at CSUMB will continue to evolve and grow with a focus on recruitment of native and transfer students into the program, dissemination of curriculum to other undergraduate minority serving institutions, and continued research experiences and training for students and faculty.