The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) Program at the University of British Columbia is a summer program designed to provide an interdisciplinary data science research experience for undergraduate and graduate UBC students. This program—hosted by the Data Science Institute at UBC—brings together students from diverse backgrounds to work closely with data providers and domain experts on focussed, collaborative projects that have the potential to benefit society.
In this 14-week full-time program (May to August), selected participants will have the opportunity to develop skills by experiencing the complete process of a data science research project: from data processing, to analysis and modelling, to communication. Selected UBC DSSG Fellows will be divided into teams that will work on research projects submitted by local governments or non-profit organizations. These projects will involve analyzing multiple data sets and have an applied social good component for urban-related topics.
Project teams will work independently with guidance from their project sponsors, and with support from the DSI Scientific Director, DSI data scientists/postdoctoral fellows, and mentors from Aeroinfo Boeing. DSSG Fellows will receive a minimum stipend of $7,000 for their 14 weeks of full-time work and are expected to participate and present at events involving public and industry stakeholders.
Application Process & Eligibility
This program is open to full-time UBC students who have successfully completed 75 undergraduate credits, or enrolled in a graduate program at UBC. While some experience with coding (e.g., Python, R) and/or statistical background is helpful to your application, we welcome applications from students from all backgrounds--including those from the social sciences and the arts. Prior to the start of the program, we will offer optional technical training to better prepare students who come from a non-technical background.
International UBC students are eligible to apply provided you are eligible to work during the summer term (i.e., you are returning to full-time study in September 2020 or have a valid Canadian work visa).
Graduate UBC students will require written consent from their thesis supervisor to participate in this program requires full-time participation.
To submit an application, please complete the online application form, provide unofficial transcripts, and include your latest CV. The last day to submit an application is March 1, 2020. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews in early March 2020 and offers will be made shortly thereafter.
For questions about this program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The DSSG program at UBC was established in 2017 in partnership with the eScience Institute, University of Washington as part of the Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative.