***Due to a technical glitch, our application form stopped accepting submissions prior to the deadline last night. We apologize to anyone who was affected by this, and we are re-opening the form for the remainder of today. It will close again at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, Feb. 12th.***

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

The University of Washington eScience Institute, in collaboration with the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative, is currently accepting applications for Student Fellows to participate in the 2019 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. The program brings together data and domain researchers to work on focused, collaborative projects for societal benefit.

Modeled after a similar program at the University of Chicago, with elements from our own Data Science Incubator, 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 year’s projects will aim to extract and understand valuable, actionable information from data in topic areas such as: public health, sustainable urban planning, crime prevention, education, transportation, and social justice. Click for summaries of projects from the Summer 2015, Summer 2016, Summer 2017 and Summer 2018 DSSG programs.

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students enrolled through Spring 2019 (including Spring graduates) are invited to apply. Former students are not eligible for the program. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to work in the U.S. We cannot sponsor student visas for this program.

What: Each student will be part of a team working full-time on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact. Students are expected to work closely and collaboratively with team members onsite for the duration of the 10-week program. Projects will involve analysis and visualization of data on topics such as public health, sustainable urban planning, environmental protection, disaster response, crime prevention, education, transportation, governance, commerce, and social justice. Projects involve a range of stakeholders, including government officials, academic researchers, 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 17th and ending August 23rd 2019.

Compensation: Students will be given a stipend of $7,000 for the 10 weeks.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in issues related to social good

  • Research experience with quantitative or qualitative tools

  • Strong academic record

  • Previous programming experience

How to Apply: Use this link 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.

NOTE EXTENDED DEADLINE – Applications are due by February 12, 2019, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Short-listed Student Fellows will be notified by March 15, 2019.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page for DSSG Student Fellows. Additional questions may be directed to Emily Keller at efkeller@uw.edu beginning in January.

“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