Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute
Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m. PDT

The UC San Diego Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute (HDSI) is an academic unit focused on fostering the emerging discipline of Data Science. Its mission includes the training and education of the next generation of leaders in Data Science. The Institute seeks to accomplish this by supporting students, scientists, and faculty in developing new data analytic methods and infrastructure, and to foster “data science thinking” in a variety of problems in science, technology, engineering, government, the arts, and humanities to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Apply Here.

About the Scholarship Program

The Halıcıoğlu Data Science Undergraduate Scholarship Program will support multidisciplinary project scholarships. The scholarships will provide opportunities for the students to work closely with a mentor to develop analytical skills, develop data science portfolios, and foster novel data-driven approaches to problem solving.

Examples of data-driven projects include applications of methods, tools, and infrastructure for heterogeneous dataset integration, machine learning, geospatial analyses, scalable computing, data visualization, data ethics, and privacy. Priority will be given to applications that employ novel and creative data scientific approaches with specific potential impact to application areas.

Eligibility Information

The program is open to all UC San Diego undergraduate students. Priority will be given to students in the Data Science major. A student may participate in at most one application. Mentors can be faculty, research scientists, project scientists, and Data Science and Engineering Master of Advanced Study students or alumni. There are no restrictions on how many projects a mentor can advise. Undergraduates or mentors who have previously received HDSI funding are eligible for future funding.

Award Information

Each award will consist of $2500 awarded to the student, and $500 in unrestricted research funds to the mentor. Up to 20 scholarships are available in this call.  Students and mentors will be notified by March 1, 2019.

Budget Information

The budget period is up to 12 months between 4/1/2019 and 3/31/2020.

There is no indirect cost associated with this program. Project scholarship funds are intended to be maximally flexible for directly benefiting the trainees. Funds may be spent for salary or stipends to augment existing pay for students, or to pay for conference travel, training costs outside UC San Diego, research allowances, supplies, and small equipment or use of facilities.

Proposal Format and Criteria

Undergraduate applicants should submit proposals by the announced application deadline at here or copy/paste (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJ_GKQC4R8AxoPRn7iJFepO_1IqMPQ7oPTQEfWPThScqrqIQ/viewform).  
The submission should include the following:

  1. Main Application:

    1. Project Title
    2. Name and major of the Applicant
    3. Name, title, and department of the Mentor
    4. One-paragraph Overview of the proposed project and outcomes expected, emphasizing any unique aspects.
    5. Brief description of Project and Methods (1500 characters)
    6. One-paragraph on Project Coordination Plan (1000 characters)

  2. Mentor Letter of Support (Optional): Please include a letter of support if you have already identified a mentor for the proposed project. In the mentor’s letter of support, the mentor should describe the strengths of the application and their proposal, as well as details of how their mentorship will strengthen the applicant’s data science education.

  3. Applicant and Mentor Resumes: Up to two 2 pages each.

Award Conditions

Each mentor awardee agrees to:

  1. Supervise, mentor, provide guidance and direct the work of the Scholarship Trainees. Mentors should be available to meet on a regular basis.
  2. Follow all required UC San Diego policies and protocols (e.g., IRB, IACUC, Research Integrity, etc.).
  3. Spend project funds in accordance with award guidelines.
  4. Ensure that Trainee presents the research at the HDSI Scholarship Symposium.
  5. Submit a final report at the end of the award period that includes a list of publications, presentations, press releases, and follow-on grants that have resulted from the research (lead mentors who fail to submit a final report may be disqualified for further HDSI funding).

Additional information

Applications will be considered for up to one month and decisions will be announced to enable a proposed start date between the allowed budget period for the current round of awards.