Austin Ferguson

"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

Sonia Xu

"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."

Mitchell Parekh

"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


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, collaborating with 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.