Agnes Scott College Chosen by Google as One of Three Colleges in the U.S. to Pilot New Applied Machine Learning Intensive Course

Decatur, GA, June 5, 2019—Agnes Scott College has been chosen by Google as one of only three colleges across the United States to pilot a brand new Applied Machine Learning Intensive course this summer. This course is designed to equip more liberal arts students with the skills to succeed in the field post-graduation. The other two campuses selected are Scripps and Mills Colleges.2019googleclass.jpg

This 10-week machine learning intensive course will give nearly 20 students, including two Agnes Scott students, a strong computer science foundation to work with large datasets and solve real-world problems. The selected students are housed on the Agnes Scott campus.

In this machine learning intensive for college credit, students are learning how to:

  • Investigate, clean, analyze, and visualize data
  • Understand different machine learning models and diagnose modeling issues so that they can adjust input data accordingly
  • Discern when machine learning is the “right” solution for a given data or business problem
  • Deepen their coding skills in SQL and Python
  • Understand the ethical use of AI and how to identify bias

The students were selected from across the country to participate in the intensive course, and arrived last week. Agnes Scott’s professor of mathematics Dr. Rachel Rossetti, is one of two professors teaching the course, and rising senior Eduige Kayigirwa ’20 is one of two teaching assistants. Amirah Clarke ’21 is the resident assistant. Students will receive nine Agnes Scott credits for participating. Google is funding the entire initiative; and sending Googlers to assist as program managers and technical instructors. 

“This summer course builds on semester-length courses in programming and data science and combines our liberal arts strengths with new technologies and teaching styles used at Google and in the wider tech industry,” said Dr. Elaine Meyer-Lee, associate vice president for global learning and leadership development and professor of psychology. “The Agnes Scott College community is thrilled to be a part of such an important initiative, as part of our continuous innovation in service of our students and partners from metro-Atlanta and across the country.”

 For more information about the Applied Machine Learning Intensive visit the Google For Education page. 

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.