Introducing the CDS Undergraduate Research Program in Partnership with the National Society of Black Physicists

The Center for Data Science, NYU has partnered with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) — which seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics and to increase their numbers and visibility of their scientific work — to offer the NYU CDS Undergraduate Research Program (CURP). We are currently recruiting students for the December 2020 cohort. The objective of the program is to provide meaningful research opportunities to talented students who have an interest in data science to develop the essential knowledge and skill skills to participate in successful research collaborations. Additionally, CURP also aims to offer a community of academic peers and world renowned faculty mentors who can advise, encourage, and support them. The program is currently offered online, which means students from anywhere in the country are able to participate.

The program’s duration will vary from 3–6 months depending on the research project, but the first cohort is set to begin the program in December 2020/January 2021. A CURP fellowship award will be offered.

“We are excited to launch this unique undergraduate research program here at NYU’s Center for Data Science in close collaboration with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP). We hope that talented undergraduate STEM students take full advantage of this extraordinary opportunity and enjoy the exposure to cutting-edge and exciting data science research projects and mentorship by outstanding faculty in an inclusive environment designed to especially support students of diverse backgrounds,” says CDS Director, Julia Kempe.

Up to 17 undergraduates will complete a research project under the direction of CDS faculty by giving a presentation and writing a technical report. The students will receive a stipend depending on the time and the scope of the project completed. CURP gives students the opportunity to attend lectures given by leading researchers as well as workshops aimed at developing skills and techniques needed for research careers in data science. CURP also educates students on techniques that will prepare them for the admissions to graduate and doctoral programs as well as for fellowship applications.

Applications are open until all the available opportunities are filled. Applications received on or before December 14, 2020 will receive full consideration as the program aims to onboard the first cohort of research students in December 2020.

For more information on CURP, please visit the CURP webpage on the CDS website.

By Ashley C. McDonald


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