Data Analytics Students receive SEEDS grant to attend INFORMS Business Analytics Conference

Students in Appalachian State University’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics (MSADA) program traveled to Aurora, Colorado April 16-18 to attend the 2023 INFORMS Business Analytics Conference.

The students are Peyton Cline, Alexander Cornwell, Mohit Dhungana, Layla Koroleva, Zachary Mauney, David Pugh, and Benjamin Whitehead. 

Pictured from left are: Benjamin Whitehead, Alexander Cornwell, David Pugh, Peyton Cline, Layla Koroleva, Zach Mauney and Mohit Dhungana. Photo submitted

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They were accompanied by MSADA Program Director Dr. Jaxon Xiong.

“This was a valuable opportunity to learn about emerging trends and technologies, and showcase their skills and knowledge, and connect with industry professionals and peers,” said Xiong.

Networking & Competition

During the conference, Cline and Dhungana were inducted into the Early Career Professionals’ Network, which is a group designed to build professional networks and learn the practicalities of working in the field from experienced practitioners. 

Koroleva participated in the Business Analytics Poster Competition.

Grants & Support

Koroleva's work was sponsored in part through a research and travel grant from App State's GSGA - Graduate Student Government Association.

Additionally, App State delegation recevied significant funding from a $10,000 SEEDS – Southern Engagement and Enrichment in Data Science – grant from South Big Data Innovation Hub (South BD Hub).

The South BD Hub is one of four Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs established in 2015 by the  National Science Foundation (NSF) with an aim to build innovative public-private partnerships that address regional challenges. IT is co-directed by RENCI and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

About App State’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics Program

App State’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics program provides students with the technical skills to work with data, as well as the opportunity to do so within the business context. The 36 credit hour program develops business professionals who understand and can apply data analytics concepts, techniques and tools to promote effective organizational decision making and problem solving. Concentrations include Cybersecurity Analytics, Health Care Analytics, Marketing Analytics, Supply Chain Analytics, Sustainability Analytics, and Interdisciplinary Analytics. Learn more about App State’s Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics Program at

Published: Jun 5, 2023 2:10pm