Applications for the 2022 UW DSSG program are now open. Apply here.


Are you interested in using data-driven discovery for societal benefit?

 

The University of Washington eScience Institute will open applications on January 10, 2022 for Student Fellows to participate in the 2022 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. The program brings together data scientists and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit. 

Up to sixteen DSSG Student Fellows will be selected to work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects.

This year’s projects will leverage data science approaches to address societal challenges in areas such as human services, public policy, health and safety, environmental impacts, transportation, accessibility, social justice, and urban informatics. Click for summaries of projects from the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 DSSG summer programs.

After running two successful DSSG programs remotely in 2020 and 2021, we are considering a hybrid model this year, in which some teams will work in-person on the campus of the University of Washington, and some teams will work remotely from wherever team members are based. This is contingent upon public health guidelines at the time and sufficient interest from applicants. At the time of applying, you will be asked to indicate if you prefer in-person participation or remote participation.  

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students. You must be enrolled in a degree granting program in spring 2022 to be eligible to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Former students are not eligible for the program – no exceptions can be accommodated.

International students are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to work in the U.S. and they can obtain Curricular Practical Training (CPT) status. Unfortunately, we cannot offer admission based on Optional Practical Training (OPT) status and we cannot sponsor student visas for this program.

What: Each student will be part of a team working full-time (i.e. 40 hours/week) on an applied research project that has concrete social relevance and impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members for the duration of the 10-week program. 

Projects may involve a range of stakeholders, including academic researchers, government officials, non-profit organizations, and the general public.

In addition to project work, students participate in a wide range of data science tutorials, discussion-based workshops, and subject matter talks with experts from outside the program. See the FAQs for more information on this curricular component of our program. 

Where:  After running a distributed DSSG program for the last two years due to COVID-19, we realized that remote work confers many advantages to some individuals, expands opportunities for participation, and can be executed quite successfully. However, we also realize that many people miss the opportunity to collaborate in person. 

Therefore, we are planning to offer both remote and in-person options for the program this summer, so long as conditions allow. This means that some project teams will conduct their work in-person at the Data Science Studio on the University of Washington campus, while other project teams will conduct their work remotely using online platforms to facilitate collaboration at a distance. Prospective Fellows will be asked to indicate their preferences for remote or in-person work at the time of applying. 

When: This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning June 13th and ending August 19th 2022. For remote teams, participants’ time zones will be taken into account in determining workday start and end times.

Compensation: Students will receive a stipend of $9,000 for the 10 weeks. All DSSG applicants are also eligible to apply for additional funding through the Micron Opportunity Scholarship.  

Required qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in issues related to social good
  • Previous computer programming experience
  • Ability to work on highly interdisciplinary teams and with multiple stakeholder groups
  • Research experience with quantitative and/or qualitative methods
  • Strong academic record

How to Apply: Applications are now open. Click here to apply. Please note: a copy of your CV and unofficial transcripts are required, and you will be asked to attest that you can comply with the attendance policies laid out in the application form.

DEADLINE: Applications will be due by February 14th, 2022, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Applicants who have been selected to advance to the interview stage of the vetting process will be notified by March 11, 2022.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for DSSG Student Fellows. Additional questions may be directed to DSSG Program Coordinator Emily Keller at <efkeller@uw.edu>.

An Information Session for interested students will be held on January 26th from 9:00-10:00 am PST via Zoom. Register here. A recording of the session will be available following the presentation.

To learn more about last year’s program, read our blog about final project presentations. You can read quotes from former student fellows below. Please also see project descriptions from the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 DSSG summer programs.

“Despite being entirely remote, the connections I made through DSSG are ones that I’ll carry throughout my career. The program helped my team establish a working environment grounded in collaboration, communication, and meaningful relationships. I’ve brought the hard and soft skills I’ve learned through the 10 weeks back to my own research group.”

-Hikari Murayama, 2020 DSSG fellow

 

“DSSG was a great learning experience for me. I gained an understanding of how to develop a Data Science project from beginning to the end. The focus was always on the fellows and their learning, which I think is a unique trait of the DSSG fellowship. Though we missed out on the in-person interactions, the folks at eScience Institute took measures to make us feel a part of the bigger DSSG family. Through DSSG, I was able to get a great network of like-minded people and get another internship as a direct result.”

-Richa Gupta, 2020 DSSG fellow

 

“Participating in the DSSG program at UW eScience Institute was a fantastic experience. I picked up a great deal of technical expertise, and the interdisciplinary team structure gave me an increased understanding of career options in many different industries. My time at DSSG gave me the confidence to explore opportunities outside of my own discipline, and I was able to land a digital research manager position as a direct result.”

– Sean Wang, 2016 DSSG fellow