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Data Science for the Public Good

Harnessing the power of data to effect change

Data is everywhere, and it has the power to provide insights that help decision makers improve lives. However, the Biocomplexity Institute isn’t just doing data science, we’re also preparing a new generation to support social issues through our DSPG Young Scholars program, and bringing the discussion to other like-minded individuals and members of the community by way of our Forum events.

Young Scholars Program

Young Scholars Program

The 10-week Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars program is led by the Institute's Social and Decision Analytics division. All positions are paid.

Where: Arlington, Virginia

When: May through early August

Eligibility: We accept undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any U.S. university. Graduates should have strong quantitative/analytical skills.

Application deadline: Mid-February

Data Scientists for the Future

Our goal for this program is to help develop tomorrow's data science workforce. For us, that means a workforce with computational and analytical skills honed within the context of interdisciplinary team science; a workforce committed to seeing and grappling with ethical issues while serving the public good. We've designed the program so that your experience as a Young Scholar will reflect that vision.

The Undergraduate Experience

Working in small, transdisciplinary teams, you'll conduct research at the intersection of statistics, computation and the social sciences. Whatever your major, as an undergraduate intern you'll learn to apply new analytics and research skills as you advance real-life Biocomplexity Institute projects. Each team has a graduate student lead, and all students are individually mentored by researchers in the Institute's Social and Decision Analytics division.

The Graduate Experience

In an integrated team setting, we train young scholars to leverage community-generated data for public well-being. As a graduate fellow, you'll work alongside division faculty and postdocs to lead, support and guide undergraduate interns. Fellows receive individualized mentorship, career training and publication opportunities.

The Annual Symposium

Your summer of research is capped by the Data Science for the Public Good Symposium, a signature event that brings together scientists and industry decision-makers and students who share the common goal of improving human lives. During the Symposium, Young Scholars showcase their projects in a series of poster sessions, sharing their research with an audience from academia, government, and industry.

Featured Student Project

The American Soldier in World War II

Working with a graduate fellow and mentored by Institute faculty, undergraduate intern and UVA student Chase Dawson and his teammates analyzed GIs’ survey responses produced as part of a federally-funded digital history project to draw insights on attitudes around ethnic, racial and gender relations.

We, the Community

Our Data Science for Public Good Forum is a partnership among UVA’s School of Data Science, Darden School of Business, and Equity Center. Our Forum goal is to bring together key public and private stakeholders to discuss and plan how “doing data science” can support evidence-based policymaking and innovation to enhance the quality of life where we all live, learn, work, and play.