***Applications for summer 2020 will open in January 2020.***

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, Summer 2018, and Summer 2019 DSSG programs.

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students enrolled through Spring 2019 are invited to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Spring graduates and former students are not eligible for the program – no exceptions can be accommodated.

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 15th and ending August 21st 2020.

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: Applications will open January 13th, 2020. 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.

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