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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Creating a generation of scientists for the public good

We're educating a new generation of researchers — undergraduate and graduate students who are eager to collaborate in teams and across disciplines, use computational tools to understand how the world works, and grapple with the ethical questions around authority, privacy and human agency. We want to create a generation of scientists who will shape their fields to serve the public good.

UVA Student Opportunities

We offer opportunities for students to work alongside Institute researchers on real-world projects that afflict humankind and are too big for any one scientist. We’re a collaboration of diverse domain experts — from mathematicians, statisticians and computer scientists to biologists, economists and sociologists — and we merge perspectives and knowledge to tackle previously unfathomable problems facing humanity. Because we’re a multi-dimensional team we’re always looking for students who are interested in data science and bring new perspectives to biocomplexity research.


Interested in future opportunities? Please contact Savanna Galambos, Special Assistant for Administrative Affairs.


Computing for Global Challenges Program

From human health to infrastructure, our world is facing enormous threats. To understand them, we need and use data. This undergraduate program is a training ground for the next generation of data-driven researchers. Working in teams with peers and scientists from the Institute, students learn a new way to address real-world issues while working on critical research projects.

Non-UVA Students apply here

Data Science for the Public Good Young Scholars Program

This immersive, paid summer program for undergraduate interns and graduate fellows across the United States equips emerging research scientists with the skills to inform evidence-based policy and decision making around today’s critical social issues. Read about how Chase Dawson (right), a UVA student and recent DSPG young scholar, spent his summer.