NSDC 2022 Data Science Symposium

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

The DSS will provide a virtual forum for undergraduate and graduate students at public and private universities, colleges and community colleges who are interested in data science to present their research, learn about academic research best practices, network with other data science students and grow 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.

Congratulations to the NSDC 2022 Data Science Symposium Winners!


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.

Key Dates

Students and Mentors & Judges Call for Participation Opens: February 11th, 2022 (Closed)

Student Submissions due: June 15th, 2022, 11:59 pm ET (Closed)

Student Winners announced: September 2022

Student Winners will have the opportunity to present their research at a live webinar in January 2023.

Watch this overview video for a walk-through of the NSDC Data Science Symposium:

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 Inaugural NSDC 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 Theme Leaders have created multiple Theme Challenges, or research ideas, that you can use to create 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. 

The Northeast Hub founded the NSDC in 2021, and we are delighted to launch this Data Science Symposium in 2022. The Hub is a community convener, collaboration hub, and catalyst for data science innovation. The Hub amplifies successes of the community and shares credit across the community to encourage collaboration and mutual success in data science endeavors.

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 scales

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.

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 NSF to evaluate project proposals. 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.

The top three projects chosen by the evaluation committee in the Undergraduate/Community College Cohort and the Graduate School Cohort will 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


Stay Connected with Us

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

Some ways to stay connected with the NSDC community: