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.
This year's pilot 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 those whose faculty mentor has received direct invitation from Stanford. 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 March 29, 2021 and June 4, 2021, using the online Zoom platform, at a mutually convenient time.
Faculty can nominate students for participation by filling out the following referral form. Please note that for organizational purposes, we are hoping to receive all applications by February 28, 2021.
To express your interest and your commitment to the program, please fill in the following application form. Please note that for organizational purposes, we are hoping to receive all applications by February 28, 2021.
BIODS 360 "Inclusive Mentoring in Data Science" will be offered in Spring 2021 for one unit credit. 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.
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.