***Applications for summer 2020 are now closed. Check back in January 2021.***

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

The University of Washington eScience Institute is currently accepting applications for Student Fellows to participate in the 2020 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.

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

This program, which has been running since the summer of 2015, was inspired by similar endeavors such as the Data Science for Social Good program originally at the University of Chicago (now at CMU).

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 Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2018, and Summer 2019 DSSG programs.

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students. You must be enrolled in a degree granting program in spring 2020 and fall 2020 to be eligible to apply.

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

All students currently enrolled in degree-granting colleges and universities within the U.S.A and all U.S. citizens studying at international degree-granting colleges and universities are eligible for this program.

What: Each student will be part of a team working full-time on an applied research project that has concrete social relevance and impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members onsite 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.

Where: Most work will be conducted on the UW campus in the WRF Data Science Studio, but some field excursions in the City of Seattle or King County may also be involved.

When: This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning in June 15th and ending August 21st 2020.

Compensation: Students will be given a stipend of $7,000 for the 10 weeks. See below for additional information about the Micron Opportunity Scholarship for those wishing to request additional support.

Desired 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 or qualitative methods
  • Strong academic record

How to Apply: Applications are now closed. 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 17, 2020, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Short-listed Student Fellows will be notified by March 16, 2020.

Micron Opportunity Scholarship: We strive to provide students with a living wage while participating in the DSSG program. Nonetheless, we understand that some students face circumstances that pose barriers to their participation and require additional financial support. For this reason, we are pleased to partner with the Micron Foundation this year to offer the Micron Opportunity Scholarship. More information available here.

For more information: Please see the main program page and Frequently Asked Questions page for DSSG Student Fellows. Additional questions may be directed to DSSG Program Coordinator Emily Keller at <efkeller@uw.edu> beginning in January.

We will also hold an in-person information session for prospective student applicants to the DSSG program on Wednesday, January 22nd from 11:00am-12:00pm in the Research Commons area of Allen Library at the University of Washington. Slides from the student information session can be accessed here.

“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