Data Science Discovery Program

Why Discovery 

Since 2015, the Data Science Discovery Program, a joint effort of the Berkeley Institute of Data Sciences, Division of Data Sciences, and Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP), provides undergraduates more opportunities to engage in hands-on, team-based discovery opportunities leveraging data science by connecting them with cutting-edge graduate student/postdoc research projects, community impact groups, entrepreneurship ventures, and educational initiatives across UC Berkeley. Data science is an intrinsically interdisciplinary field with broad reach, fast scaling capacity, and a large pool of interested students and projects. Students can earn units through Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP). 

The Data Science Discovery Experiences model can identify, connect, and scale access for significantly more students in the data science space. It does so by creating a sustainable and diverse pipeline of projects by improving the matching and database system, fine-tuning the training and consulting services needed by graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduate research leads, and expanding internal and public communication. 

Research Partners

Research projects with faculty, postdocs, and graduate students encompassing all domain areas along with Social Impact efforts with the community non-profit groups. Project partners include:

  • Digital Humanities
  • UCSF
  • American Cultures Center
  • College of Natural Resources
  • Skydeck
  • Space Science Labs
  • Energy Resources Group
  • D-Lab
  • Social Science Matrix
  • Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
  • Department of Political Science

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Current Discovery Projects

For Researchers

Interested in some extra help on your data science research project?  Whether you are a graduate student, postdoc, faculty, government agency, non-profit, or startup, the Division of Data Sciences can connect you with talented data science students across Berkeley to tackle your data science challenges. 

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For Students

The Discovery Research program provides opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with one of our many partner organizations - research institutions, academic departments, non-profits, startups, and more. Leverage your data analysis skills and domain knowledge to contribute to cutting-edge research alongside experts in your fields of interest.

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