Empowering Our AUC Innovators

The AUC Data Science Initiative designs and implements programming to support faculty research and curriculum development and to grow student research and learning capabilities. 

PreFreshman Experience: (HBCU Instructors Wanted)

We are currently seeking AUC faculty and staff researchers along with research mentors to help instruct and facilitate our summer 2024 PreFreshman Experience (PFx). This year’s theme is Data for Social Impact, and projects will incorporate research topics that solve societal challenges through data insights and innovation.

PFx Dates: July 15-19, 2024 (Monday-Friday) 

Times: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm PT //  2:00 to 4:00 pm ET daily

We are currently seeking:

Deadline for Instructors & Research Mentors is June 1st!

Mini-Grant Program 2024

The AUC Data Science Initiative invites Affiliates to apply for mini-grants to stimulate data science-related research and curriculum development productivity.  If you are not an Affiliate, please inquire with AUC DSI. The mini-grants aim to strengthen research and inform teaching.

The Mini-Grants Program has four tracks:

Track 1: Curriculum Development

Track 2: Research Development

Track 3: Summer Program Development

Track 4: Academic Year Development

Tracks 1-4 are currently OPEN for new applicants.

Track 1, 2, 3 Deadline: April 1, 2024

Track 4 Fall Deadline: April 1

Track 4 Spring Deadline: June 1

Request for Proposals: AUC DSI Mini-Grant Program 2024

Current Awardees: Mini-Grants Program Awardees

Discover our Affiliate Program

The Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative (AUC DSI) Affiliate Program supports AUC faculty and staff who are actively engaged in advancing data science research or data science teaching.

Discover the unparalleled benefits of becoming an Affiliate today!  Click to view our current Affiliates.

Download Affiliate Guide: Affiliate_Program.PDF

Travel and Training

The Travel and Training Support Program aims to increase the participation and engagement of AUC students, faculty, and staff in data science. Support for virtual conferences may be included. Click below for more information.

Faculty Recruitment

The AUC Data Science Initiative has allocated funds to work collaboratively with our AUC member institutions to recruit and hire faculty who have expertise in data science or data science-related fields. These funds are intended primarily to assist with the hiring of data science faculty at an AUC member institution and augment not supplant existing support for faculty recruitment and hiring.

[NEW!] Microsoft Mini-Grant Program

The AUC Data Science Initiative invites faculty and staff at HBCUs to apply for a mini-grant to advance data science research and data science education research. The DSMG Program aims to support and strengthen HBCU faculty or staff researchers with funding to enhance participation in and contributions to data science research and curriculum development.  

Funding Information: Depending on the availability of funding, the DSMG Program will fund up to 10 one-year grants paid directly to eligible institutions in an award size of up to $18,000, with half of the award provided at the beginning of the project and the other half provided after completion and satisfactory review of the mid-year report. Preference will be given to those with little to no research funding.

PDF Info-sheet: Microsoft-AUC Data Science Mini-Grant Program 2024

Application deadline: Thursday, May 30, 2024

Awardees will be notified by August 15, 2024. The project start date should be September 1, 2024. 

2024 Summer Workshops (Applications Coming Soon)

We invite AUC faculty, staff, and graduate students to participate in interactive data science workshops (virtual AND in-person options). Topics are chosen to upskill and expand knowledge in various areas of data science, coding, data manipulation, machine learning, AI, and analytics.

This year we are offering many exciting workshops designed to provide a wealth of challenging skill development.

Learning and Research Communities

Applications for LRC funding are reviewed on a rolling basis.  To view our current LRC members and topics click here.

To learn more, see below!

We offer AUC faculty, staff, and graduate students the opportunity for peer-led, cohort-based groups to engage on a particular topic in data science or a data science-related field. The Learning and Research Communities (LRC) experience intends to enhance each participant’s knowledge and expertise in data science in a structured learning community that aims to enhance teaching and production of scholarship.

“Data analytics has become the vital skill for business students in today’s environment. Recruiters emphasize it constantly, and we are hearing from our alumni and interns returning from the summer that they need to strengthen these skills. It does not matter which area of business you plan to enter; you need to know how to understand and analyze data.”

— Dr. Keith Hollingsworth, Department of Business Administration, Morehouse College