Inclusive Mentoring in Data Science
Today, data science knowledge is an essential component both of basic quantitative reasoning and of literacy. Our program aims to share the expertise of the Stanford community with students from diverse backgrounds, mentoring them in data science projects and research. This individualized, low stakes experience will enhance the career and study opportunities of participating students. The mentors, in turn, gain experience in educating, guiding, and interacting with a diverse group of students. Undergraduate students from participating colleges will be paired up with Stanford graduate students for on-line, one-on-one mentorship that will expose them to work and research in data science. During hour-long weekly meetings, they will receive: coaching in planning their course of studies and advice on navigating internship opportunities and preparing applications; tutoring in some aspects of data science; and guidance while engaging in mini-research projects, depending on their interests and experience level.
Who can participate?
Our program is a cooperation between Stanford and Carnegie Math Pathways. Participation is open to any and all undergraduate students from institutions participating in Carnegie Math Pathways programs, or other undergraduates from populations that have been historically underrepresented in data science. We welcome students at any level of their college experience, with some introductory knowledge of statistics and an interest in broadening their understanding of data science.
When will this take place?
The weekly meetings between participants and Stanford graduate students will take place between January and March 2024, using the online Zoom platform at a mutually convenient time. Please check back for details at a later date.
Faculty can nominate students for participation by filling out the following referral form. Please check back at a later date for more current details.
To express your interest and your commitment to the program, please fill in the following application form. Please check back ast a later date for the most current information.
For Prospective Mentors
Please check back at a later date to see when BIODS 360 "Inclusive Mentoring in Data Science" will be offered for two units credit in 2024. There will be one class meeting a week, and one one-on-one meeting with your mentee. During weekly class meetings, graduate student participants will learn strategies to create an inclusive environment, approaches to effective mentoring and coaching, and techniques to develop a personalized curriculum with course staff and guest speakers. Graduate students who participated the previous year can enroll for one unit and participate in a reduced number of class meetings.
If you are at all interested in participating, please fill out the interest form below
What do we mean by "Data Science"?
Data Science is not a fad. Data is not going to go away: On the contrary, it is only growing in size and becoming the basis of an increasing number of decisions, policies, etc. We are housed in the Department of Biomedical Data Science, with strong ties to Stanford Data Science. Feel free to check out these websites to learn a bit more about our work. We love wrangling with data, finding patterns, learning, and doing a mix of all of these things together.