Data+ is a 10-week summer research experience that welcomes Duke undergraduates interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams, working alongside other teams in a communal environment. They learn how to marshal, analyze, and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science.

Browse completed 2017 projects

  • "The Data+ program was filled with intelligent people from all different fields, so it  was a great learning experience. Since we worked in teams, it taught me how to work with others in a more efficient, collaborative, and overall better level. Working to meet our clients' needs, I feel as if I gained real-world work experience in a classroom-like atmosphere (project mentor as my teacher, my group as the students). It is a great transition for people who are unsure of what they want to do with their careers or feel under-qualified to pursue a real internship."

    —Sonia Xu, Statistical Science

  • "I gained an understanding for what big data really is, along with the amount of work that is required to extract usable information from it. Also, I learned the necessity for cooperation and sharing of ideas."

    – Mitchell Parekh, Computer Science and Finance

  • "I feel I've gained an ability to connect my abstract knowledge to an actual problem, and use it to deliver something useful and productive to a client."

    – Austin Ferguson, Physics and Mathematics

  • "Our DATA+ team did wonderful work. I’d wanted a software tool for quantifying human mobility data using network analysis for five years—the team got it done in eight weeks! Paul and Ashlee run a fantastic program that requires minimal oversight on the part of faculty but with maximum returns. Sign me up for next year!"

    — Joe McClernon, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
    Project: Smoking and Activity Space

  • "I would encourage both undergraduate students and employers to consider Data+ as a strong opportunity for valuable experience and potential recruitment. The students demonstrated excellence in scholarship, creativity, and output. iiD has done a tremendous job in creating a learning environment that promotes cross collaboration, drives innovation and creative problem solving, and provides enough structure and mentoring as to guide students to successful outcomes."

    — Thom Miano, RTI
    Project: RTI-Duke Data+ Practicum

  • “The work of the Data+ team have exceeded my expectations. The intellectual curiosity and technical skill of the team have been outstanding. We are truly looking forward to operationalize the team’s work.”

    — Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Administration of Duke
    Project: Data-driven Parking

weeks during the summer
undergraduates per team
grad student mentors
projects sharing ideas and code

Who Is Data+