We are excited you are interested in participating in the Data and Policy Summer Scholar (DPSS) program! The 2020 program will offer rigorous academics and robust co-curriculars in a virtual format.

There are unique benefits and challenges of virtual learning, and we are designing the 2020 DPSS program so that you will have the same immersive level of academic training and community engagement to fully explore the fields of data science and public policy.  Read more about the program here.

Here are five ways we’re tapping the advantages of virtual learning.

  1. A Truly Global Program – Our asynchronous, student-centered classroom model enables students to watch lectures at their own pace and join live office hours and discussion groups with peers, faculty, and graduate teaching assistants from anywhere in the world. The virtual format also enables our classroom to include students who otherwise would not have been able to travel for the in-person program.  
    The live office hours and sessions will accommodate  student time zones and occur throughout the week. We are polling our admitted students to provide input on the live session schedule. Andie Ingram Eccles, DPSS Program Manager, said, “I’m excited to connect with students from around the world who may not have participated in the physical program due to travel issues. I look forward to the breadth of experiences that will be shared.”  

  2. More Faculty Engagement Austin Wright, Assistant Professor and DPSS Faculty Director, said the virtual format allows students to engage more directly with faculty and teaching assistants, since live discussion groups are no longer limited to the physical size of the faculty’s office or study room availability. Students will be able to hear each other’s questions and engage in deeper discussions, and the ability to organize small student groups will maximize interaction with your peers.   

  3. Deeper Dive – With pre-recorded lectures, you’ll be able to pause, write notes, and re-watch sections—a feature current master’s students at Harris have cited as extremely beneficial with their virtual learning this spring. The DPSS lectures also are designed to simulate the classroom experience. For example, once a concept has been explained, you have the option to click to another recording for an example of its applicability. In addition, the platform used for the recorded lectures makes it easy to see the presenter, presentation materials, and discussion board all with a search function.

  1. Flexible Schedule – The seven-week, part-time program is now even more compatible with other summer activities, such as jobs or internships, as you can view the pre-recorded lectures at a time convenient for you. The estimated time commitment for the program is approximately 15-20 hours per week, based on 12 hours of lecture, 1-2 optional office and TA hours with faculty and teaching assistants, and 4-6 hours of time for assignments and projects. Each student works at their own pace throughout the program, then works in smaller group settings for the capstone project. Click here to see program dates and schedule.   

  2. Expanded Community Resources – Guest speakers (such as those in our Policy in Action Series) are not limited to those physically in Chicago. We will bring in speakers and alumni from the around the world to connect with you.   

You can still apply now to attend either session:

  • Session one | June 15, 2020 - August 2, 2020
  • Session two | July 22, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Application deadlines:

  • Session one | May 18, 2020
  • Session two | June 15, 2020

We look forward to working with you!