After a successful first summer, in which aspiring data scientists from around the world completed innovative data and analytics projects with non-profit and government partners, the Eric & Wendy Schmidt Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship will return with a new class of fellows, mentors and project partners in 2014.
The announcement was made Nov. 12 at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s “From Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships” event. The fellowship is one of several featured programs responding to the Obama Administration’s call to foster regional innovation and harness the power of data to advance national goals in education, health care, energy and other areas.
The Data Science for Social Good Summer Fellowship is a University of Chicago program funded by The Schmidt Family Foundation. In 2013, its first year, the fellowship brought 40 undergraduate and graduate students with computer science, statistics and quantitative social science backgrounds to Chicago to work on 12 projects with 20 partners from the non-profit and public sectors.
Organizations such as the city of Chicago, Cook County, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Nurse-Family Partnership, Mesa Public Schools, Ushahidi and the Chicago Transit Authority provided the fellows with data and domain expertise throughout the summer.