Looking to gain hands-on data science research experience? The DSI Scholars program matches talented students with Columbia faculty who are working on innovative, challenging, and advanced research initiatives. Students selected for this program will engage directly with a faculty member on a semester-long project, with the goal of using data science to address an important research challenge. The projects are within a wide array of disciplines such as finance, business, healthcare, climate science, cybersecurity, smart cities, social justice, and more. Apply to become a DSI Scholar to gain new skills, receive one on one mentorship, and uncover new possibilities of applying data science to diverse domains. 

The Fall 2024 DSI Scholars application for students has closed.

Program Benefits

  • Gain Research Experience: Columbia faculty will guide and mentor you, while you use your data science skills to gain real research experience. You’ll learn how researchers work collaboratively to solve problems, a critical activity that will benefit you in your future internship, job, or academic career. 
  • Receive One-on-One Mentorship: Your faculty project leader will provide important feedback that will help you grow as a data scientist. From gaining experience in a new domain to having a platform to ask questions, the DSI Scholars program is a great avenue to engage with leading Columbia faculty and enhance your skills in a research setting.
  • Funding: Selected students who are matched with a DSI Scholars project will receive a $3,000 stipend to cover their living expenses for the semester they undergo their project.

Application Process

Program Timeline

Term Project Duration Faculty Application Dates Student Application Dates Student Interviews
Spring January – May Closed Closed
Summer June – August Closed Closed
Fall September – December Opens: April
Closes: April 29, 2024
Opens: May 20, 2024
Closes: June 3, 2024
June 17 – June 28

Important Details

  • Research Project Timing: Participation on your project starts in the following term. For example, if you apply for a project in the Fall term, you will begin the project in the Spring term.
  • Time Commitment: If selected, you should expect to spend approximately 8-10 hours per week on your project.
  • Funding: Financial Services will issue the stipend directly to your student account during the semester you are engaged on the project. 
  • Enrichment Activities: As a DSI Scholar, you will be invited to participate in specialized activities, including trainings and seminars. You will also have the opportunity to present your research at a poster session at the completion of the project. 

Application Criteria

To be considered, you will need to submit the following as part of your application: 

  1. Transcripts: A PDF copy of your Columbia and/or undergraduate transcripts.
  2. Resume: A PDF of your updated resume that includes all relevant coursework, projects and data science skills. 
  3. Personal Statement: Please use the personal statement to explain why you are interested in the project(s) that you are applying to and highlight some of your qualifications. If you are applying to more than one project, you may submit a statement for each project.
  4. Reference: (Optional) You can provide the contact information for a reference. It should be someone who can comment on your research potential and qualifications for your program.