Data Scholars

About the Program

Data Scholars addresses issues of underrepresentation in the data science community by establishing a community that is welcoming, educational, and empowering for underrepresented and nontraditional students. Launched in Fall 2016, it is especially suited for students who can bring diverse and positive contributions to the field of Data Science. The program offers specialized tutoring, advising, and workshops in a sequence of three 1-unit seminar courses. Students apply to join the first seminar, Foundations, the semester they enroll in Data 8, and may participate in Pathways and Discovery in subsequent semesters.

Four students gathering around a laptop, laughing, at the Spring 2018 semester Data Scholars project showcase.
50 students and visitors listening to a lightning talk presentation at the spring 2018 data scholars project showcase


Karen Chapple, Associate Dean, Division of Data Sciences

Claudia von Vacano, Executive Director of D-Lab and Digital Humanities

Ani Adhikari, Professor, Statistics

a student presenting their research project to another student at the spring 2018 data scholars project showcase

Join us!

The Data Scholars program is now full for Spring 2019. If you are interested in getting involved in future semesters, please check back in Summer 2019 for our next application cycle!

Please contact the Program Coordinator, Mariah Rogers ( with any questions.