The Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program is a holistic experience. The program has numerous resources to support your student experience throughout the program.

Program Administrators

The Program Administrators are your student affairs team. They are your point of contact for all things related to the program and university. Administrators hold regular office hours to provide individualized support. 

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) are UChicago graduate students who live with you in the residence hall. They are your resource for academic and social acclimation to UChicago. RAs will help arrange social activities, be available for questions and share their experience as UChicago graduate students and researchers. They are your go to resource outside of the classroom. 

Cohort Groups

DPSS students are from diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences. For example, the 2019 program had representation from 15 different countries. To help ensure all students have ample opportunity to connect, the program arranges cohort groups. These groups are not connected to academic or study groups. They are purely social. Some cohort activities are scheduled into the program, such as weekly lunches, and a weekly photo challenge. Other activities are arranged by the group. Past cohort arranged activities include biking along Lake Michigan, visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, which is free with a UChicago ID, or a movie night in the campus resident hall. 

Cohort Leads 

Each cohort group has a Cohort Lead (CL). CLs are DPSS students who will help support each cohort. They help coordinate activities, provide one-on-one and small group check-ins, and are your advocate and liaison to provide feedback to program staff. CLs serve as a peer mentor and resource to make the most of your time exploring the campus and city.

2019 DPSS students pose for a photo on the program boat cruise on Lake Michigan.
2019 DPSS students pose for a photo on the program boat cruise on Lake Michigan.
2019 DPSS students Manish, Manasvi, and Nina have fun on the DPSS boat cruise on Lake Michigan.
2019 DPSS students Manish, Manasvi, and Nina have fun on the DPSS boat cruise on Lake Michigan.
A group of 2019 DPSS students recreate a scene from a famous Taiwanese romance film.
A group of 2019 DPSS students recreate a scene from a famous Taiwanese romance film.
A group of 2019 DPSS students having fun downtown on July 4 before the fireworks begin over Navy Pier.
A group of 2019 DPSS students having fun downtown on July 4 before the fireworks begin over Navy Pier.
A group of 2019 DPSS students at Shedd Aquarium
A group of 2019 DPSS students at Shedd Aquarium
A group of 2019 DPSS students sunning on the sign in front of Harris’ Keller Center.
A group of 2019 DPSS students sunning on the sign in front of Harris’ Keller Center.
A group of 2019 DPSS students in front of the Keller Center front entrance.
A group of 2019 DPSS students in front of the Keller Center front entrance.
A group of 2019 DPSS students around the sign in front of Harris’ Keller Center.
A group of 2019 DPSS students around the sign in front of Harris’ Keller Center.