Overview

The DSI Scholars program can advance your research efforts by helping you source talented students with data science expertise to collaborate alongside you. Each semester, the DSI Scholars program accepts new project proposals from Columbia faculty who are looking for hands-on research support. If you have a project that can benefit from the help of a dedicated undergraduate or masters student, the Data Science Institute encourages you to apply!   

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Participation Benefits

  • Skilled Students: DSI has direct access to students with the skills and experience to successfully complete a data science research project. You will have the ability to meet with, interview, and select the best student talent for your research. 
  • Administrative Support: Students will apply to your project through a DSI-managed application portal. DSI will organize the logistics of the student interviews; including communication with the applicants, and support their onboarding process.
  • Funding for Students: DSI will provide up to five (5), $3,000 stipends to help cover student living expenses. An additional five projects will be selected where the PIs have funding in place, but would like support in the selection process and to access a wide array of skilled students. 

Application Process

Program Timeline

Term Project Duration Faculty Application Dates Student Application Dates Student Interviews
Spring January – May Closed Closed
Summer June – August Opens: Jan. 10, 2024
Closes: Jan. 29, 2024
Opens: Feb. 16, 2024
Closes: Feb. 26, 2024
Expected:
Mar. 11 – Mar. 22
Fall September – December Opens: April
Closes: TBD
Opens: May
Closes: TBD
TBD

Time Commitments & Requirements 

  • The proposal selection and interview process is conducted the semester prior to the research project start date. Students will commence research on selected projects at the beginning of the next term. Please note that the research assigned to students should be easily completed within that term. If you need a student immediately, please consider submitting your project through the Campus Connections program.
  • As the faculty supervisor for your project, you should engage with the selected student for at least 1 hour per week during the project duration. Students are expected to commit 8-10 hours a week on your research project.
  • By participating in the DSI Scholars program, you are committing to provide mentorship and research advice to your selected students, and to be available to answer any questions about their research activities. 

Budget Details

The Data Science Institute will select up to 10 faculty-led interdisciplinary research projects to participate in the program each semester. Five (5) projects will be DSI funded and another five (5) will be supported through faculty funding. If you are selected as a faculty funded project, you will be required to provide full funding support for your student, and provide a DSI verified/approved funding source to use for the student stipend prior to finalizing your student selection. DSI cannot post a project without a verified funding source.

Application Criteria

DSI Scholars projects will be assessed based on the below criteria. Please consider addressing these questions in your proposal:

  1. Please describe the interdisciplinary nature of your proposal. 
  2. Student mentorship is a high priority aspect of this program. How do you intend to mentor the DSI Scholar?

Selection priority will be given to: 

  • Projects that involve novel research and interdisciplinary projects that span two or more disciplines 
  • Proposals that align with one or more of the DSI’s Research Centers or focus areas