Big Data Summer Program 2019

Are you curious about research science?  Interested in learning to code?  Looking to learn a new coding language?  Check out the 2019 Big Data Summer Program (BDSP)!

In the BDSP, students will work in small teams to learn new coding skills, and then apply those skills to a small collaborative research project.  Along the way, students will be supported to improve their skills at reading the scientific literature, as well as science communication.  The BDSP will culminate in a presentation of research results at the Summer Research Symposium.   The BDSP grows out from the SummerPrograms offered in years past. 

Applications to the 2019 BDSP will open on 1 March and close on 31 March.  If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Nicole Adelstein in chemistry, Sep Modrek in economics (she is on parental leave, contact Bobby Chakalovwith questions), Pleuni Pennings in biology or Rori Rohlfs in biology. 

Looking forward to your application! You can apply through this link to be a participant.

If you are interested to be a near-peer mentor, you can apply through this link.

Feel free to apply as a participant AND a mentor.


Do I need programming and/or research experience to join the BDSP?
No!  Some participants may have experience, but the program is intended for fresh students as well.   

What happens once the BDSP is over?
After the end of the program, interested students will be supported to join labs and continue research in the 2018-19 academic year. 

What’s the time commitment?
Participants will meet in their teams for 10 hours/week.  There will be a few different options available for the hours, but they will be scheduled between 9am and 5pm Monday-Friday. 

When will the program happen?
BDSP is a nine week program between 3 June and 3 August.  On 3 August, the program will culminate in a  research presentation and celebration.  You can still participate if you have some travel commitments in that time, just note that on your application. 

How much does the BDSP cost for participants?  
The BDSP is free!  

Is there a stipend for participants?  
While we’re trying to work on that, we don’t have funding for participant stipends at this time.  However, we will provide lunches once each week.   

How do I apply?
Applications will open beginning on 1 March.  Stay tuned!  Sign up here to get on an email announcement list!


Biology faculty organizers and advisors: Pleuni Pennings and Rori Rohlfs
Chemistry faculty organizer and advisor: Nicole Adelstein
Economics faculty organizer and advisor: Sepideh Modrek
Near-peer mentors: TBD