IDIES is pleased to announce its inaugural Summer Student Fellowship program! This program will offer awards of $6,000 to support a summer research project lead by undergraduate students with the guidance of an IDIES faculty member mentor. These projects are meant to provide an opportunity for students to participate in a 10-week (June – August) full-time data science focused research project in collaboration with an IDIES faculty member.

Request for Proposals (RFP)

Students are invited to submit their proposals detailing their project ideas, goals and timeline for the fellowship 10-week period. Prior to proposal submission, students should meet and consult with their chosen faculty mentor to review the proposed project and to request their letter of recommendation and confirmation of their willingness to support the project, if awarded.

Research is not restricted to work within the student’s major area of study. Projects from students with faculty mentors in different departments and schools are supported and encouraged.

Proposals should have a data-intensive computing focus, and:

  • Relate to the IDIES Mission: To enhance the JHU mission of “Knowledge for the World” by providing intellectual leadership in data driven science: research and education in adaptive technologies; technical and domain expert guidance via collaboration and consultation; open and sustainable long-term access to high-value datasets
  • Encompass the potential to advance knowledge
  • Challenge and seek to shift current research/practice by utilizing novel concepts, approaches or methodologies
  • Benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes

Proposal research topics can include, but are not limited to:

  • Foundational data science, the development, evolution, or implementation of data science methods.
  • Application of data science to one or more fields in the physical, life, or social sciences, engineering, arts, or humanities.
  • The study of the impact of data on society and its institutions.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are undergraduate students at the Johns Hopkins University. Participants cannot enroll in summer courses.

Faculty mentors must be an IDIES member.

Award Amounts

The total award amount for each fellowship will be $6,000. Awards will be allocated to student stipend ($5,000) and faculty mentor support ($1,000).

Obligations of Award Recipients

  • Complete projects within the determined 10-week period. No-cost extensions will not be offered.
  • Student award recipients will be expected to present a poster and participate in poster madness at the IDIES annual symposium (October 2020)
  • Submit a progress report to the IDIES executive committee no more than 30 days following the end date of your project.

Proposal Format

  1. Title Page – Include proposal title, student and faculty mentor name, their departments and e-mail addresses.
    1. Project start and end dates – The project must have a duration of 10 weeks total; however, this can be planned at any time between June 1 and August 31 to accommodate any summer travel of the student or faculty mentor.
  2. Narrative – Not to exceed 3 pages. Must include the following (a-d):
    1. Statement of the Problem or Area of Investigation
    2. Project Goals and Objectives – Include the research objectives and/or specific questions to be addressed during the summer.
    3. Description of how this proposed research connects with data science.
    4. Description of how participation in the IDIES summer research fellowship fits with your short-term or long-term goals.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (student)
  4. Faculty letter of recommendation and confirmation of willingness to support the student and project.
  5. Unofficial copy of student applicant transcripts.
  6. Font Size – Font size for all proposal documents should be:
    1. Minimum 10-pt: Arial, Courier New, Palatino Linotype (Microsoft), Helvetica or Palatino (Macintosh)
    2. Minimum 11-pt: Times New Roman

Deadlines

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, January 31, 2020. Please complete an application here.

This call is supported by a partnership that includes funding from the following Johns Hopkins divisions:

  • Krieger School of Arts and Sciences
  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • School of Medicine
  • Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Sheridan Libraries
  • Carey Business School

Please contact Tara Engel (tengel@jhu.edu) if you experience technical difficulties completing your submission or are in need of further clarification regarding the requirements.