Data Science for Social Good - Summer 2024

Research Experience for Undergraduates at SMU in Dallas, TX

June 3 - July 26, 2024

SMU REU students in front of a Three-Minute Thesis signLearn how to use data science tools for improving the lives of people.  You will join a team of researchers using data to find solutions to pressing economic and environmental problems affecting neighborhoods in the city of Dallas, Texas.  This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Award Number 2150505.

Participants begin with a 2-week bootcamp to learn data science techniques using Python. Then, participants are placed in small teams under the guidance of SMU faculty mentors. Previous mentors have included Dr. Cullum Clark (Bush Institute/Economics), Dr. Anthony Petrosino (Teaching & Learning) and Professor Mary Spector (Law). Participants also attend weekly professional development workshops and symposia, and have multiple opportunities to present their work. 

Participants receive

  • Stipend of $4800
  • Free on-campus room and board
  • Social activities and field trips

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Completed Sophomore or Junior Year of college with strong academic record
  • Major in math, statistics, computer science or related field and an interest in social science OR major in social science field and an interest in data science

Application Requirements

  • Transcript (an unofficial transcript is sufficient)
  • 1 letter of recommendation

Applications are closed for 2024.

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