2023-2024 IDSC Fellows Info Session 9/19 4PM—Apply by 10/2

2023-2024 IDSC Fellows Call for Proposals

2023-2024 IDSC Fellows Info Session 9/19 4PM—Apply by 10/2

Interested in applying to be an IDSC Fellow? Are you unsure if your idea or project would benefit from the program? Bring all your questions to a virtual INFORMATION SESSION for the 2023-2024 IDSC Fellows Program on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at 4:00 PM. We’ll do our best to answer them.

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The IDSC Fellows program aims to prepare UM students and researchers for the next wave of scientific discoveries enabled by the current revolution in data science and computing. IDSC joins with University faculty to mentor IDSC Fellows on how to best utilize University’s cutting-edge advanced computing resources in their proposed research projects. At the beginning and close of each spring semester, IDSC Fellows present their work at an open, in-person symposium. No stipend is offered, but a small cash prize is awarded. IDSC Fellows develop their computational skills and expand their research experience under the guidance of two mentors. Both mentors are faculty members: The first is the student’s research advisor, and the second is identified by the IDSC Fellows program and provides the computational research expertise.

This is a prestigious designation awarded each year to a total of four graduate or undergraduate (sophomore level or above) students. Applicants may be from any School or College at the University of Miami and must be in good standing.


Application Process, Materials, and Timeline | Brochure

Applicants are required to submit a completed APPLICATION FORM, accompanied by:

  • a transcript
  • a CV, and
  • in the case of graduate students, a support letter from their academic mentor.

The Steering Committee meets within one week of the closing of applications to choose the IDSC Fellows.

An announcement is then emailed to offices of Undergraduate Research, Graduate Office (UM, MSOM, RSMAS, CoE, CAS), and to student groups at CoE, CAS, Med School, and RSMAS. Media Relations will help publicize it internally (NEWS@TheU), and via student media.

The application process is the submission of an online form where all supporting documents are uploaded. Click here for complete Program Guidelines.


Selection Criteria

  • Student must have computational skills sufficient to get started on the proposed project*.
  • The proposed project integrates ideas from more than two disciplines, one of which must be new to the student.
  • Graduate students should have a well-formulated, achievable research question that is in line with their academic mentor’s letter of support.
  • Graduate students also need a support letter from their academic adviser or PI.
  • The Application Form must be complete, well written, well organized, and thoroughly thought out. *Project details need not be clearly defined at the time of application.
  • Previous research experience is not requisite, but is an advantage.
  • Student must be in good standing with the University.


Steering Committee

Mohamed Iskandarani
Mohamed Iskandarani Chairman
Alberto Cairo, speaker, Meet A Data Scientist Lecture Series, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing
Alberto Cairo
Kim Grinfeder
Kim Grinfeder









Daniel Messsinger, speaker, Smart Cities MIAMI 2022
Daniel S. Messinger
MItsunori Ogihara, PhD
Mitsunori Ogihara
Kamal Premaratne
Kamal Premaratne








Azizi Seixas
Azizi Seixas
Ravi Vadapalli, Director, Advanced Computing, University of Miami Institute for Data Science and Computing
Ravi Vadapalli









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