Data for Impact Summer Institute

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Full information and how to apply:
Deadline: 11:59PM Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Data for Impact Summer Institute is a eight-week project-centric program for highly motivated students focused on Data Science, Research, Analytics, Visualization, and Execution. The Institute begins with a one-week workshop series, taught by Lehigh faculty, that will get students up to speed on the core knowledge of data statistics, applications, analysis and visualization. For the remaining seven weeks, student teams will work on a wide array of interdisciplinary data-centric projects with meaningful outcomes. Projects may address compelling social, economic, population health, or community-related topics with aspirations for contributing to real sustainable impact. These projects will be faculty-guided and inquiry-driven, and prepare students to engage with faculty research while empowering them to pursue their own ideas and data-related career pathways. Project teams have the opportunity to advance their work into the academic year through the multi-year Creative Inquiry project framework.

The Data for Impact Summer Institute is offered by the Office of Creative Inquiry, the Martindale Center for the Study of Private Enterprise, and the Institute for Data, Intelligent Systems, and Computation (I-DISC). The D4I Summer Institute specifically welcomes applications from rising sophomores and juniors but is open to all Lehigh students. We have 12+ projects that will engage ~40 students chosen through a competitive application process. This immersive Summer Institute runs from June 15 to Aug 7 and students are expected to commit full-time to both the workshops and their projects. Students with high financial need can apply for wage replacement funds. This funding pool is limited and students with the highest need will be prioritized.

Student applications will open on May 19 and be due on May 26. The application will request that students indicate their top two project choices. After a quick interview process, we anticipate informing selected students by June 1. Students who successfully complete the Institute will be named “Data for Impact Fellows” and this will add to their portfolios of accomplishment.