A team of three UMUC students in the data analytics master's degree program at University of Maryland University College was awarded second place in the prestigious IBM Watson Analytics Global Competition for their report, "Climate and Landscape Change Effects on Lyme Disease."

Graduate students Tracy Carr, Elizabeth Handy, and Abebaw "Abel" Zeleke comprised the UMUC team. Their report was the result of a three-month project that used climate data to predict future outbreaks of Lyme disease. 

Sponsored by a division of IBM, the annual competition is aimed at generating innovative analytics solutions from graduate students using the Watson Analytics platform. Each three-member team was challenged to use existing public databases to identify a problem and define a solution. This year's competition focused on global environmental issues. Entrants were judged on the originality of the topic and how the team made use of the different features of the platform.

All three UMUC students are planning to complete the Master of Science in data analytics program in August 2017. 

Congratulations to the team!