Why Discovery?

  • Apply what you learn in your data science classes to solve important problems in the real-world.

  • Develop research skills through collaborative research projects centered around data science.

  • Grow your project management experience with multiple leadership opportunities.

  • Connect with world-renowned research partners and local change-makers like NASA, UCSF, LBNL and more.

  • Take advantage of cloud computing resources and data storage.

  • Contribute to data-driven solutions to create a lasting, positive impact.

  • Push yourself with confidence - we have your back with a network of graduate students and industry experts to support you throughout the semester.


Apply to Discovery!

Fall 2022 applications will be live in early August 2022

Prerequisites: Data 8 or equivalent

Academic Credit: If you accept an offer with a Discovery project you will be automatically registered for research units (one unit is available for every 3 hours of work you do). More details on receiving credit will come after the application deadline.

Questions: ds-discovery@berkeley.edu

Student Opportunities

Student Researchers

The majority of students participate in Discovery as Student Researchers. They are matched to projects and work in teams throughout the semester on a research or social impact project under the guidance of a project mentor. Student Researchers earn academic units by participating through URAP (for incentive and accountability) as they complete their project with their team, but they do not enroll in a formal class. They do, however, have the opportunity to participate in several workshops that introduce core concepts of the Discovery program, including data collaboratives and human context and ethics.

Four students gathering around a laptop, laughing, at the Spring 2018 semester Data Scholars project showcase.

Team Leads

Students with an interest and inclination towards leadership can apply to become a Team Lead. Team Leads are elected by their teammates and are required to enroll in the Discovery Project Management Course. The course introduces essential project management strategies and serves as a weekly forum where Team Leads can talk through specific issues their projects are facing with the guidance of the course instructor.