NSDC 2023 Data Science Symposium

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The 2023 Data Science Symposium (DSS) is brought to you by the National Student Data Corps (NSDC), hosted by the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub (NEBDHub).

The DSS will provide a virtual forum for undergraduate, graduate, and recently-graduated students (within the past 12 months) at higher education institutions around the world who are interested in data science to create and present their data science research projects, discover the best practices for academic research, connect with other data science students, and expand their data science knowledge and community.

The student participants, known as NSDC Explorers, will be able to choose a research topic that fits into a category that aligns with the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s Focus Areas, or other areas of interest.

Key Dates

Students and Mentors & Judges Call for Participation Opens: March 31st, 2023

Upcoming Virtual Student Mentoring Sessions, scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 at 10 am ET
  • Additional sessions to be announced

Student Submissions due: July 31st, 2023, 11:59 pm ET

Extended deadline is August 14th, 2023, 11:59 pm ET

Student Winners announced: Late 2023

Student Winners will have the opportunity to present their research at a live webinar in Early 2024.

How to Participate

If you are a student who is looking to create and present a research project as an NSDC Explorer, we welcome you to participate in the NSDC 2023 Data Science Symposium! If you are a professional, researcher, faculty member or graduate student, we’d like to invite you to volunteer and participate as a mentor, judge, or both!

Themes & Theme Challenges

The NSDC DSS provides Theme Challenges, or research ideas, that you can use to develop your own research project. The Theme Challenges will align with one or more of the following focus areas of the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub, or will fall into a “miscellaneous” category if you choose another topical area for your submission. Data science can apply to many topical areas, and we want you to apply it where it aligns with your interest. We encourage you to research any approachable, appropriate topic that interests you.

Learn more about the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub’s Focus Areas.

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Education + Data Literacy

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Urban to Rural Communities

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Responsible Data Science

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Join a Theme Challenge and use the following prompts, data sets, or tools to inspire your research:

Eligibility & Resources

All undergraduate and graduate students from public and private universities, colleges and community colleges are eligible to participate as NSDC Explorers in the NSDC Data Science Symposium. Recent graduates of undergraduate/community college programs and graduate programs (within the past 12 months) are also eligible to participate as NSDC Explorers.

All graduate students, researchers, faculty members, and industry/non-profit professionals are eligible to participate as NSDC Mentors and/or Judges in the NSDC Data Science Symposium.

Here are some resources that may help you develop a project, mentor students, or judge a submission:

Evaluation Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated by a committee of researchers and other experts on the basis of their intellectual merit and broader impact, two criteria used by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to evaluate project proposals. NSF describes intellectual merit as the potential of the proposed activity to advance knowledge, while broader impact is described as the potential of the proposed activity to benefit society and contribute to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

Project submissions should clearly communicate and demonstrate a thorough understanding of the objectives, methods, and implications of data science research and make insights and recommendations that contribute to greater societal goals.

Submissions will also be evaluated to ensure that they follow the submission requirements (a virtual, one-page poster and an abstract of 7 to 10 sentences). If your submission does not follow these submission requirements, you risk disqualification from the 2023 NSDC Data Science Symposium.

The top three projects in the Undergraduate/Community College Student Cohort and in the Graduate Student Cohort, chosen by the evaluation committee, may be invited to present their research and findings on a live Zoom webinar.

All participants will receive certificates of participation and may have their work published on the NSDC website


Congratulations to the NSDC 2022 Data Science Symposium Winners!

The inaugural NSDC Data Science Symposium was launched in February 2022 to bring together students from around the world to broaden their data science community, expand their data science knowledge, and provide professional development opportunities for each student participant, or NSDC Explorer.

The student winners, representing Undergraduate teams from Case Western Reserve University and Smith College, were offered the opportunity to present their research at the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub Student Research Symposium, a global, virtual event designed to highlight student research being completed across the NEBDHub’s various programs and challenges. Learn more about the NSDC 2022 Data Science Symposium Winners below.


First Place is awarded to Kiet Nguyen and Zhuldyz Ualikhankyzy, a team of undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University, for their project “Prediction of Russian ruble (RUB) against US dollar (USD) in June 2022 amid Russian-Ukrainian war.


Second Place is awarded to Michele Sezgin, Vivian Almaraz, Audrey Kim, and Salwa Ouachtouki, a team of undergraduates at Smith College, for their project “Visualizing Hampshire County Schools Health Data.

Stay Connected with Us

Email us at nsdc@nebigdatahub.org with any inquiries or questions.

Some ways to stay connected with the NSDC community: