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.

Students: Apply now to become a part of Data+

Browse the current projects, choose three you’re interested in, and send in your application. The application deadline is February 20, 2017. However, we will be doing rolling admissions, so please apply as soon as you can! The first round of offers will go out January 25 and the second will go out February 25.

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  • "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+