Apply Now for the Data+ Summer Research Program
December 18, 2017
Undergraduates and master’s students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges can apply to join small teams and learn how to marshal, analyze and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the field of data science.
Data+ is offered through the Information Initiative at Duke and is part of the Bass Connections Information, Society & Culture theme.
How It Works
Each student receives a $5,000 stipend for this full-time research experience. Participants are not allowed to enroll in classes or accept employment during Data+. The program is open to students at all levels and from all majors.
Each team has two to three undergraduates (and occasionally one master’s student) and one to two doctoral student mentors, in addition to a client or sponsor. Teams work alongside each other in a communal environment, learning from each other.
As an example, a past Data+ team investigated how the downtown revitalization is affecting residents. Anna Vivian, an undergraduate majoring in Physics and Art History, worked with Vinai Oddiraju, a Statistical Science major, and their mentor Olga Kozlova, a doctoral student in Economics. Together they spent ten weeks collaborating with the director of the Durham Neighborhood Compass, which is a city-sponsored tool for sharing public data on economic, demographic and quality-of-life factors. The team analyzed numerous sources of data, developed new metrics for ambient stress and neighborhood change and created visualizations of these metrics. They presented their findings in community meetings and to Durham officials, and developed an app incorporating their metrics into the Neighborhood Compass user interface.
Explore the 2018 Data+ Projects
Get Answers to Your Questions at the Data+ Project Fair
Mark your calendar for the Data+ Project Fair on Tuesday, January 16, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Ahmadieh Atrium on the third floor of Gross Hall.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis through February 24.