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Applications for the 2020 Summer Lab have now closed.

Read through the 2019 Project Profiles to survey the various research areas, mentors, & projects.

Have questions about the Summer Lab? Flip through the Information Session slides below, and read our FAQs.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • When is the application due?

    Applications are due by Friday February 28th, 11:59PM CT. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Where can I apply?

    Apply using the Google Form here. Please direct any application questions or technological issues to Katie Rosengarten (

  • Are there any program prerequisites?

    We do not require any previous research experience to participate in the program. Familiarity in at least one programming language (Python, Java, C++, etc.) is preferred, as well as relevant coursework in areas such as computer science, statistics, and math.

  • When will I be notified of my application decision?

    Application decision notifications will be sent no later than April 15th.

  • What are the program dates?

    We offer two program dates:

    1. June 15th — August 21st
    2. June 22nd — August 28th.

    On the application, you will be asked to note the program that best suits your summer schedule and school calendar. If you have any conflicts with the program dates as listed here, please indicate so on your application.

  • Where does the program take place?

    Research assistants in the program are provided work space in the John Crerar Library, home to the Center for Data and Computing (CDAC) and the Computer Science Department. Unless otherwise agreed upon by their mentor and the Program Director (Kyle Chard), all students are expected to work in the open research space provided — the goal of which is to foster problem-solving and engagement across projects, domains, ages, and skill sets.

  • Is housing provided?

    Unfortunately, we do not provide housing as part of the program.

  • If admitted, how will I be paired with a project?

    On the application, we ask for your research areas of interest, as well as self-reported experience and expertise in relevant data science and computational skills and tools. During the application review process, in combination with your research goals and resume, we will use those self-assessments to determine an applicant’s aptitude and eligibility for available research projects.

  • How many hours a week is the program?

    While students are not required to log their hours, we expect each student to work roughly a full-time schedule each week — i.e. 8am-4pm; 9am-5pm; or 10am-6pm. Schedules are to be consulted with and confirmed by program mentors.

  • What projects are there for Summer 2020?

    The research projects available for Summer 2020 are not yet made available. To get a better sense of past project topics and mentors, please see our 2019 Program Project Profile page.