The application period for the 2018 capstone course is now open! The capstone course will run April 23, 2018 - June 29, 2018 (10 weeks).
The timeline is below, followed by additional detail on each event.
|First submission of proposal||November 20 (recommended)|
|Proposal revision process (must be accepted by…)||December 31, 2017|
|Students rate proposals||January 12, 2018|
|Selection of proposals||January 19, 2018|
|Partners accept invitations||January 29, 2018|
|Partner presentations||February 7 - March 23, 2018|
|Partners provide legal documents||March 15, 2018|
|Students rate the projects||March 23 - March 26, 2018|
|Partners demonstrate/declare readiness of data||April 3, 2018|
|Students are assigned to projects||April 5, 2018|
|Kickoff meetings||April 16 - April 20, 2018|
|Phase 1: student proposals||April 24 - May 4, 2018 (approx)|
|Phase 2: project development||May 7 - June 8, 2018 (approx)|
|Phase 3: project polishing||June 11 - 22, 2018 (approx)|
|Final presentations||June 28, 2018 (approx)|
Proposal revision process
Members of an organization interested in participating as a capstone partner should submit a one-page project proposal to
Members of the MDS leadership team will review the proposal, and work with the potential partner to establish a finalized proposal. Potential partners should feel free to ask us for our opinion on any aspect of this step ahead of time, such as whether the main idea of the proposal is appropriate.
We recommend your first submission of the proposal to be well before the December 31st deadline, so that we can offer suggestions in case it needs revision.
Students rate proposals
A list of finalized proposals, along with one-sentence summaries, will be posted on a “project board” viewable by the students. The students will then rate their interest in the proposals, according to the following scale:
- 1: reject
- 2: accept (default)
- 3: accept with interest
- 4: accept with extra interest
Selection of proposals
The MDS leadership team will select proposals based primarily on student interest, and will invite the successful organizations to be a capstone partner.
Partners accept invitations
The successful capstone partners accept the offers, and correspond with MDS administration to schedule a presentation to give at UBC.
We require that the capstone partners give a 30-minute presentation (allowing for 10-15 minutes of questions) to the students and MDS leadership over lunch at the UBC Vancouver campus.
Partners provide legal documents and declare conflicts of interest
Before students rate the projects, they should have access to any legal documents they would need to sign in order to work on the project. Thus, partners must provide these documents before the rating stage. Furthermore, students should be aware of any potential conflicts of interest before rating the project, so partners are asked to declare these as well.
Partners provide data
Before a project is accepted, the partner must provide MDS with a demonstration or written (email) declaration that the data has already been collected and prepared, and exists in its entirety (in the form specified in the proposal), and is ready to be shared with the students.
Partners should feel free to ask us for our standard agreement at any point in the selection procedure.
Students rate the projects
After the presentations, the students assign a final rating to the projects.
Students are assigned to projects
Based on student interest, the MDS leadership team assigns student groups to the projects. In the unlikely scenario that there is insufficient interest in a project, no student group will be assigned to that project.
The students will arrange a date and time with their capstone partner and teaching fellow mentor to have an initial meeting to discuss the project.
Student proposal stage
Students propose the data product and approach.
- The student team works with each other, colleagues, and teaching fellows to develop an approach in a 2-day hackathon.
- Students present the proposal at UBC, to solicit ideas and feedback.
- Students write the proposal. This will be passed to the capstone partner to check that the proposed product is indeed in line with the capstone partner’s needs.
Project development stage
Students develop the data product. This involves:
- Regular meetings with the teaching fellow mentor. - Regular meetings with the capstone partner. - Recording your progress and explorations in a data science notebook.
Project polishing stage
Students polish the data product for delivery to the capstone partner:
1. Deliver the data product after incorporating feedback from teaching fellows and colleagues, along with a final report. 2. Briefly present product(s) in an end-of-program celebration (not graded). 3. At the end, students also reflect on the project in a short individual report.
Students present the final data product and approach to the class.