The Student Symposium is an excellent opportunity for postsecondary students and faculty advisors to showcase data science skills in a friendly competition with other school teams.

Team Requirements

  • Teams must have two to four students, part- or full-time at the time of registration.
  • Students must be at least 18 years old during SAS Global Forum 2021.
  • Teams must have a faculty advisor.
  • Videos must be submitted by the top 8 teams (announced 4/5/21) no later than April 16, 2021.

Competition Guidelines

  • Teams choose their own data.
  • Data must be publicly available and anonymized, removing any personally identifiable or confidential information.
  • Teams will provide a link to the data to the Student Symposium committee for verification.
  • Applications for team registrations will open September 30 and close December 21, 2020.
  • Papers are due March 17, 2021.
  • Terms and Conditions.
  • FAQs.


1st place team (awarded to each team member)

  • SAS Academy for Data Science (12-month license, including lab time)
  • One Certification exam voucher (expires Dec. 31, 2022)
  • One training course voucher (expires Dec. 31, 2022)
  • SAS mug

2nd and 3rd place teams (awarded to each team member)

  • One Certification exam voucher (expires Dec. 31, 2022)
  • One training course voucher (expires Dec. 31. 2022)
  • SAS mug

SAS® Global Forum 2021
Register now for this year’s free virtual event.

Check out the top three Student Symposium winners from SAS Global Forum 2020

The Student Symposium gives students an opportunity to take applied classroom learning to the next level. This is different from a typical academic exercise where the data is already prepped for the students in the interest of time. It is taking part in these kinds of symposiums that sets them apart and demonstrates independent analytical thinking and hands-on skills to support that. Manjeet Rege Director of the Center for Applied Artificial Intelligence and Associate Professor for Graduate Programs in Software, University of St. Thomas

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