A college student who tells a story using data that might come straight from today’s headlines can win the 2016-2017 Izenda Embedded BI and Analytics Scholarship.
Izenda will award the $1,000 scholarship to one undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university who is interested in pursuing a career that uses analytics.
Tell a Story Using Data
Submissions for this year’s scholarship should tell a story leveraging a data source. Students are being asked to create a sample dashboard or a set of charts or visualizations that feature data on one of the following five topics:
- 2016 US election season
- Financial market trends
- Impact of Pandemics: the Zika virus or Ebola
- Technology topics like trends in languages or platforms
- Sports topics
A scholarship application might contain a dashboard visualization that shows the impact of a current event on 2016 election polls or on financial markets. Or it could track the spread of a disease against public health interventions. We’ve included some links to sample data in the topics list above, but you are free to use other data sources.
Your submission does not need to be created using the Izenda embedded business intelligence platform. You can submit it as a document, spreadsheet, PowerPoint-type presentation or use another format. However the data you use should be real data.
Izenda awarded its first scholarship to Logan Bement, a 2016 UConn graduate. Logan interned for the Boston Red Sox in its marketing department.
“Analytics became important to me when I saw the value it can add to a company, from first-hand working experience,” Logan tells us. “In baseball especially, analytics are becoming more widely accepted and a major piece to winning championships. Whether it’s fielding a winning team or making the big sale, analytics can help teams and companies be smarter and more efficient.”
Logan used that experience, his college work in marketing analytics and working with the UConn baseball team to get a job with the Detroit Tigers New York Penn League minor league affiliate, the Connecticut Tigers.
“For me, winning this scholarship allows me to continue building the necessary skills to help deliver results in a professional setting. Thank you to Izenda for promoting this initiative and encouraging students to hone these valuable tools,” he said.
Rules and Deadlines
The work you submit should be entirely your own. It should not be coursework assigned in a class you have taken. Materials need to be submitted by April 30, 2017 to be eligible for the scholarship. Please note that your submission should be your work alone and will become the property of Izenda, Inc. For terms, conditions and our privacy statement, visit the scholarship page on our website.
The winner of the Izenda Embedded BI and Analytics Scholarship will be determined by a selection committee set up by Izenda. The said selection will in no way be influenced by gender, race, national origin, sexual preference or any criteria other than the meeting of the application requirements and the selection committee’s evaluation of the project included with the application.