Data+ Summer Research Program

A Data+ team works togetherData+ is a ten-week summer research experience for undergraduates and master’s students interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges.

Students join small teams (a maximum of three undergraduates and one master’s student) and work alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the field of data science.

The program runs from late May through late July each year, with the application deadline in February. The 2017 dates are May 22 - July 28. Participants receive a stipend. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, majors and levels of experience with coding. Through collaboration, they use data analysis to solve problems across disciplines.

2017 Projects

Online Financial Behavior and the Internet of Things

Understanding Duke Research Based on Large-scale Faculty Publication Records

Alumni Gifts and Data Analysis

Smart-phone-assisted Digital Rejuvenation of Medieval Paintings

MyHealthTeams Data Exploration and Visualization

Mental Health Interventions by Durham Police

Data Viz for Long-term Ecological Research and Curricula

Electricity Access in Developing Countries from Aerial Imagery

Mapping the Ocean Floor

Open Data for Tobacco Retailer Mapping

Open Source Spatial Visualization for Public Health Intelligence

Marriage and Statistics through Space and Time

Visualizing Suffering: Tracking Photojournalism and the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Nutrition Dependent Growth in the Laboratory Rat

Quantifying Rare Diseases in Duke Health System

Quantifying Phenotypic Evolution during Tumor Growth

Validating a Topic Model that Predicts Pancreatic Cancer from Latent Structures in the Electronic Medical Record

Visualizing Real Time Data from Mobile Health Technologies

Ghost Bikes

Building a Duke SLED (Duke Surgery Longitudinal Education Database)

Comparing the Exploration of Academic Majors at Duke

Quantified Feminism and the Bechdel Test

Controlled Substance Monitoring Visualization

Classification of Vascular Anomalies

Data+ is sponsored by Bass Connections, the Information Initiative at Duke, the Social Science Research Institute, the departments of Mathematics and Statistical Science, MEDx, and the Vice Provost for Research. Other Duke sponsors include Duke Health, Sanford School of Public Policy, Parking and Transportation, Development and Alumni Affairs, Duke Network Analysis Center, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Professor Peter Lange, and the departments of Biology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and Computer Science. Government funding comes from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Outside funding comes from Geometric Data Analytics, Inc., Sankofa, Inc., and RTI International. Community partnerships, data and interesting problems come from the Durham Neighborhood Compass, the North Carolina Justice Center, and the National Center for Gender Equality, the Smithsonian, Public Opinion Strategies, touringplans.com, the Triad Health Network, University of North Carolina–Greensboro, and the Dean of Academic Affairs.

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