The Translational Data Analytics Institute hosts a free summer camp that introduces 30 young women in grades 8-10 to the exciting new discipline of data science and analytics–a growing field centered on scientific methods and processes for extracting new knowledge from data. Students who learn these skills can combine them with an unimaginably wide range of interests, from business and biology to health care and education, to city planning and social services–and they are in high demand by employers.

During camp, campers:

  • Work in student teams and with mentors to develop analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Learn from scientists and students
  • Gain hands-on experience using data and animation software, visualizing data, and giving presentations
  • Experience data science in use at the Translational Data Analytics Institute and other locations throughout Ohio State such as the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design and Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center
  • Explore educational and career opportunities in data science and analytics

In addition, ongoing learning opportunities after camp include:

  • Mentorships with Ohio State students
  • Attending lectures and other campus events during the school year
  • ACT/SAT prep sessions
  • Exposure to student challenges on campus such as DataFest, HackOHI/O, and MakeOHI/O
  • Summer research opportunities
  • Leadership roles in subsequent Data Science for Women Summer Camps
Who is eligible to apply?×

Young women who attend schools in Franklin County and will be entering grades 8, 9, or 10 in autumn following the camp are eligible to apply. Students from Columbus City Schools or Metro Early College High School are especially encouraged to apply and are given first preference for camp slots.

How much does it cost?×

The camp is free, though participants are required to attend all five days.

Are meals included?×

Yes! Lunch and snacks are provided.

How will I get there?×

Transportation is provided between Ohio State’s Pomerene Hall (1760 Neil Ave.) and local high schools. For 2018 those schools were Linden-McKinley STEM Academy (1320 Duxberry Ave.), Columbus City Preparatory School for Girls (1390 Bryden Road), and Metro Early College High School (1929 Kenny Road). Additional locations are considered based on those selected to attend the camp.

Buses depart from the high schools at 8 a.m. and depart from Ohio State in the afternoon at approximately 4:30.

How do I apply?×

Materials and instructions for applying for 2019 will be posted here in December 2018. Be sure to check back then and apply for next year!


What is the deadline to apply?×

Completed applications are due in March. Check back here in December 2018 for materials and instructions for applying for 2019.

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For more information, email Jenna McGuire.

What: Data Science for Women Summer Camp
Where: Ohio State campus

Cost: The camp is free, although attendance is required all five days.

Included: Lunch, snacks, and transportation between campers’ home schools and Ohio State’s Pomerene Hall, 1760 Neil Ave.

Check back in December 2018 for 2019 dates and application materials.

You can help young women interested in data science and analytics through support for the Data Science for Women Summer Camp.

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Thank you to our 2018 Difference Maker sponsor!

TDAI’s Data Science Summer Camp is also grateful for support in 2018 from the Battelle Engineering, Technology and Human Affairs Endowment, and for in-kind support from Whole Foods Market.

This project was made possible in 2018 through a Connect and Collaborate Grant, a program supporting innovative and scholarly engagement programs that leverage academic excellence of The Ohio State University in mutually beneficial ways with external partners

2018 Data Science for Women
Summer Camp partners:

Columbus City Schools
Metro School
Ohio State Office of Diversity and Inclusion