Doing Data Science
Our Data Science for the Public Good (DSPG) Young Scholars program is a summer program for undergraduate and graduate students from across the country. The program brings together and engages students on research projects that address state, federal, and local government challenges around critical social issues relevant in the world today.
DSPG Young Scholars conduct research at the intersection of statistics, computation, engineering, science and the social sciences to determine how information generated within communities and through local, state, and federal programs can be leveraged to improve quality of life and inform public policy. Undergraduate and graduate interns work in collaborative teams with postdoctoral associates and research faculty from the Social and Decision Analytics division, and project stakeholders.
Student scholars come from diverse backgrounds. They combine disciplines including statistics, data science, engineering, science and the social and behavioral sciences to address complex problems proposed by local, state, and federal agencies. Student scholars work on multiple projects and interact with other interns, Institute faculty and staff, and sponsors.
The 2023 program ran for 10 weeks from May 29, 2023 to August 4, 2023. Selected interested students may continue working with Social and Decision Analytics in the Fall and Spring. Information about the 2024 program will be upcoming.
Join Our Program
Young Scholars are selected through a competitive national search and are paid a stipend for participation in the program.
A link to apply for the 2024 program will be made available in the future.
The DSPG Young Scholars Program equips new generations of scientists with the skills they need to inform intelligent governmental policy and decision-making.
- Horizontally and vertically integrated team research with dedicated students, postdocs, and faculty in collaboration with sponsors from local, state, and federal governments
- Training through workshops, seminars, and career talks
- Individualized mentors working closely with students
- Technical report and publication opportunities
- Opportunity to interact with decision-makers in industry and government agencies
You can find examples of previous years' projects and poster sessions below.
Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program 2019
Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program 2020
Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program 2021
Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program 2022
Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program 2023