General Information

The AUC Data Science Initiative encourages students, faculty, and staff from AUC member institutions (Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, and Spelman College) to actively engage in conferences and participate in training to either disseminate data science scholarly work or gain skills in data science and analytics.

Goal: The Travel and Training Support (TTS) Program aims to increase the participation and engagement of AUC students, faculty and staff participation in data science.
AUC students, faculty and staff may apply for up to $2000 in funds. AUC students, faculty, and staff are eligible to apply through this online application.  Requests for support in excess of $2,000 will be considered, but must have exceptionally strong justification. The committee will evaluate all proposed costs for reasonableness.

Requests should be submitted 45 days before the anticipated conference or training to receive 50% of the support, and the remaining 50% will be dispersed after receipts and deliverables are submitted.  

Potential Funded Expenses Include: 
  • Registration fees for conferences or workshops
  • Travel expenses such as hotel, airfare, taxi, per diem according to GSA Rates
  • Online learning or training opportunities 
  • Travel/entrance for teams into data science challenges/competitions/poster presentations
  • Complete an online post-event survey to the AUC Data Science Initiative
  • Applications for support should be made at least 45 days prior to the start date of the event 
  • Submission of expense reports should be made within 30 days of return to qualify for reimbursement 
  • No more than two trips or trainings will be covered per academic year 
  • Applications will be screened and applicants will be contacted within two weeks after submission of the application. 
  • Applications may be shared with the cognizant Department Chair or Director 
Note on Additional Funding
In the event the applicant simultaneously applies for and is awarded institutional or other additional funding, the AUC Data Science Initiative will coordinate with the applicant with the understanding that institutional or other additional funding is to be used prior to AUC Data Science Initiative TTS funding.

If additional institutional funding is available but was not applied for, the applicant may not be given priority for funding.

Awardees are expected to acknowledge the support of the Atlanta University Center Data Science Initiative in their presentation in a manner appropriate to their discipline.
This opportunity has been made possible in part by the UnitedHealth Group.
If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Talitha Washington
AUC Data Science Initiative, Director