What is datalab?

DataLab is a Data Science for Social Good summer fellowship program based at the University of the South, Sewanee. It's a project-based training program, designed to produce responsible data scientists by engaging university students in solving real-world social impact problems in collaboration with governments and nonprofits. Aspiring data scientists from all over the country apply to come to Sewanee for a competitive full time paid fellowship and hone their data science skills specifically on projects in the social good domain.


Past successful fellows have different skill profiles and backgrounds in order to create a collaborative community. Everyone has a passion for making a social impact and some have programming, statistics and data analysis skills as well. Some are stronger at Computer Science and Machine Learning. Others have a strong Applied Math or Statistics background. Some come from a quantitative Social Science, Economics, or Public Policy background. Others have Physics or Chemistry or Geography or Humanities degrees.


In the summer of 2023, 21 DataLab interns from 8 colleges (The University of the South, Harvey Mudd College, Edward Waters University, Indiana University, Belmont University, Concordia University, Georgia College and State University, The College of Wooster) were hard at work using data science to explore and address 5 pressing problems in public health, student wellbeing, refugee assistance, housing assistance, and food security.

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Partner Testimonial

“DataLab was a fantastic partner for our organization! They helped SCSMP to surface that which lives below our intuition - the team asked the right questions, challenged our assumptions, and helped me, as a program director, think critically about what the patterns and trends were telling us, and plan efficiently for the future.”

Summer 2023 DataLab projects

What was your experience being part of DataLab?

"Our work has promoted real social change, and the purpose of our project really resonated with all of us. The work we've done will help move the Zanmi Kafe Project forward and help to reduce Sewanee's impact on the environment" Caroline Willett, C'23 was part of the Carbon Sequestration team, DataLab 2021

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