Important Announcement

2021 FL-DSSG will be a Virtual Program

We will be conducting 2021 FL-DSSG program activities through virtual tools. Project solicitation and intern applications are now open. We are seeking nonprofits and government agencies who have informed decision making and data analysis needs to submit project proposals for participation in the 2021 DSSG summer program. Project proposals are due by March 19, 2021, 5 PM. We are seeking internship applications from students who are aspiring to be a data scientist. Intern applications are due by March 31, 2021, 5 PM.

DSSG Project Proposal Submissions   DSSG Intern Application Submissions  

About DSSG Program

The Florida Data Science for Social Good (FL-DSSG) program blends data science and technology design to inform and solve important social problems in Northeast Florida. We intend to accomplish this goal by partnering with local non-profit and governmental agencies, analyze their data, and find impactful solutions to social issues. The FL-DSSG program will provide internships for students from diverse disciplines to work on these data science projects along with our community partners. Local non-profit and government agencies will receive data analysis and data visualization reports that support their work in the Northeast Florida community. Florida DSSG is hosted at the University of North Florida (UNF).

The DSSG program is inspired and modeled after successful programs in Chicago and Atlanta.

The FL-DSSG program at UNF is being spearheaded by Dr. Dan Richard, Associate Professor in Psychology, and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy, Associate Professor in Computing. Drs. Richard and Umapathy has considerable number of years of experience with data science projects and helping nonprofits. Dr. Richard has been helping various non-profit/government agencies with data analysis as well as visualization and interpretation of the results. Dr. Umapathy has developed custom technology solutions for several non-profit/government agencies to improve their program efficiencies. FL-DSSG was formed in 2017 with seed grant from the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida to pilot the summer internship concept.

DSSG at Chicago   DSSG at Atlanta  

Program Mission

DSSG program promotes data-informed approaches and partners with agencies in Florida to solve social problems by:

Tribal Motto:  

We are social trustees of knowledge with a unique capacity to do social good.

Get Involved!

Nonprofit Partners

Are you a nonprofit organizaton? Do you want to make data-driven decisions? Submit your data science project proposal

Project Partner

DSSG Fellows

Are you a student interested in gaining real-world data scientist work experience? Submit your application for paid summer internship.

DSSG Internship

Data Science Professionals

Are you an experienced data scientist? Submit your applicaiton to mentor DSSG fellows.

DSSG Sherpas

Are you interested in supporting FL-DSSG in other ways, please contact program directors.


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