DISC Team and guest Keynote speakers Peter Coveney and David Bader at the DISC & TIAI 2nd Annual Symposium 

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About Data Intensive Studies Center (DISC)

DISC image describing the team and what DISC is about.

DISC delivers value to the Tufts University community by providing many different resources and opportunities for our student body as well as faculty and staff. Students can benefit from the courses and workshops we offer on data science topics, including specific programming languages, machine learning, data visualization, and Bayesian statistics among others. Students can participate in a DISC Internship during their academic semester, working closely with one of our data scientists on a research topic of their interest. We also host our annual Symposium and occasional data-thons, where the Tufts community is welcome to attend, participate, and present their own work. For the Tufts University faculty, we aim to be an anchor and the reason for data science scholarship. We provide seed funding through our SEED Grant & Study Group program, access to the expertise of our data scientists, as well as the DISC Fellowship.

Externally to Tufts, we continuously seek to build partnerships and collaborations with experts in many fields by identifying research gaps that data science can address and subsequently submit research proposals to appropriate agencies and entities. We hope these partnerships will drive innovation in many disciplines and make Tufts University the center of these efforts.

Through all these efforts and collaborations, we aim to equip the next generation with data science skills that they can use to better the world in their own way.

Our Mission

To enable excellence in data science scholarship and education at Tufts University.

Data science enables transformative research in many disciplines, but initiating and sustaining such efforts requires a focused entity to drive those goals forward. DISC is an evolving entity that fills the gap: we add value by creating long-lasting and engaged partnerships among disciplinary experts and data scientists, while exposing students and the Tufts community to high quality education and scholarship in data science topics. 

DISC accomplishes its mission by

Organizing events to engage with the Tufts community and disseminate passion for data science

Offering workshops and courses on data science topics within Tufts University for undergraduate and graduate students

Providing students with real research experience through internships

Engaging with disciplinary experts from within Tufts University and outside institutions to identify research gaps that data science can transform

Enabling faculty that want to bring data science in their research through fellowships and seed grants

Receiving research funding from a wide range of sources in the government and academia to drive “Data Science + X” innovation