General Information

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Data Science Initiative offers AUC faculty, staff, and graduate students the opportunity for peer-led, cohort-based groups to engage on a particular topic in data science or in a data science-related field. The Learning and Research Community (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 the production of scholarship.  
Cohorts are expected to include participants from each AUC member institution to further collaborations across the AUC. The LRC cohorts range from 6-12 participants to meet regularly over the course of a semester. Topics for LRCs aim to provide opportunities for participants from across the AUC to engage in an interdisciplinary investigation of topics that are focused on data science. 

For example, an LRC may begin by discussing short readings to be used to start the discussion. The LRC can build on these discussions to explore different arenas in data science.  
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • Facilitators are expected to meet with Dr. Washington and submit the LRC title and participant names to kick-off the LRC. 
About the LRCs: 

  • AUC faculty, graduate students, and staff are eligible to apply as a facilitator of an LRC.
  • LRCs can start anytime.
  • The application should clearly reflect how the learning community will be used to further the AUC Data Science Initiative’s goals of developing talent and creating new knowledge in data science.
  • Cohorts are expected to meet at least 6 hours per month for a minimum of 3 months. LRC facilitators may decide with their group to attend a workshop in replacement of or in addition to a normal meeting.
  • Facilitators will receive a stipend of $1,000 and the other participants will each receive a $750 stipend (upon completion of activities including a post-evaluation survey)
  • Propose a deliverable that builds capacity in data science at the AUC, to be completed by the entire group or by each member. A deliverable could include a summary paper, a website, a workshop for peers, literature reviews, conference presentations and publications, a research plan, recommendations for the AUC Data Science Initiative, enhancing a course, a course module, or developing a resource.
  • The LRC may request up to $2,000 which may be used to fund meals/refreshments, supplies, books, guest speakers, or other relevant expenses.   
  • LRCs will submit a monthly status report that includes expenses (and receipts).  
  • Your department chair may receive a copy of this application.
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