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Applications due Jan. 31 for Data Science Institute summer programs

Posted by on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 in DSI-SRP, DSI-Supported Research, DSSG, Newsletter.

The deadline to apply for one of the Data Science Institute’s paid summer programs is approaching at the end of January. The DSI Summer Research Program (DSI-SRP) is open to undergraduates and encourages those with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) is open to both undergrad and graduate students with a base knowledge of coding.

The DSI-SRP gives current undergraduates an opportunity to spend 10 weeks doing full-time data-science focused research with a Vanderbilt faculty mentor. Applicants don’t need a data science background to apply, but they should apply with a project proposal and a faculty mentor in mind. The DSI provides $6,000 in funding for the 10-week program.

Proposed DSI-SRP research is welcome from:

  • Foundational data science, the development, evolution, or implementation of data science methods.
  • Application of data science to one or more fields in the physical, life, or social sciences, engineering, arts, or humanities.
  • The study of the impact of data on society and its institutions.

Past SRP projects have ranged from using data science to study the impact of entertainment on social media to a look into how American states mobilize civilians for violence. Fellows in the program will be encouraged to present their research at the Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Fair.

The DSI’s Data Science for Social Good program encourages undergraduate and graduate students with a knowledge of coding to apply. Fellows accepted into the DSSG program will be assigned a project working with a non-profit organization, Vanderbilt group or government organization. The fellows will rank their project preference and assignments are made based on project needs and fellows’ skills and preference. The DSI will also provide $6,000 in funding for the DSSG program.

DSSG projects show just how versatile data science is and how its applications can be used to make advances across industries. Past projects range from working with the Metro Nashville government to help it reach its goal of zero waste by 2050 to a project using predictive models to estimate the number and types of legal assistance Tennesseans need on a county-by-county basis.

Applications for both programs is Jan. 31. Apply here for the DSI Summer Research Program. Apply here for the Data Science for Social Good program