About DST

The Data Scientists Training (DST) program at North Carolina State University and Rice University is a year-long exploration for high school students. Led by Dr. Eric C. Chi, the program features

  • A summer bootcamp in core data science fundamentals from statistics and computer science,
  • Supervised sessions over the academic year to work on team-based data analysis projects that participants code and develop,
  • Explorations in how data science can help extract and apply relevant information to daily life,
  • Opportunities for student participants to communicate results of their year-long data analyses findings,
  • Site visit(s) to local data science companies, and
  • Career discussions with real-life data scientists about their unique career pathways.

Designed specifically to introduce high school students to potential careers in data science, this exploration program will also feature activities led by Sustainable Horizons Institute to enable students to explore, plan, and navigate their own career pathways.

Program Components

Statistics and Data Science

  • Fundamental concepts of statistics and data science
  • Basic linear algebra
  • Regression modeling
  • Clustering
  • Dimension reduction

Career Exploration

  • Participate in a Career Exploration Workshop
  • Interview real-life data scientists
  • Shadow undergraduate interns from the Summer Institute in Biostatistics at NC State
  • Take a field trip to visit a local data science company


  • Develop and code your own models and analysis projects using the R programming language for statistical computing and graphics

Data Visualization

  • Explore and visualize trends in complex data using methods of dimension reduction and data visualization tools


The application period for the 2021-2022 program has closed.

The Science House at NC State sent out decisions at the end of May 2021. Please direct all inquiries regarding your application status to Jason Painter, Director at The Science House. Thank you!

Our Sponsors

Our Team

Faculty Mentor
  • Eric Chi, Associate Professor, Statistics Department, Rice University
Program Coordinator
  • Jocelyn Chi, Postdoctoral Scholar, Mathematics Department, UCLA and volunteer coordinator for this program
Undergraduate Mentors
  • Lucy Liu, Undergraduate, Statistics Department, NC State
  • Andrea Stancescu, Undergraduate, Statistics Department, NC State
Previous Mentors
  • Ana-Maria Staicu, Professor, Statistics Department, NC State - Faculty Mentor (2019-2020)
  • Xu Han, PhD Student, Statistics Department, NC State - Graduate Mentor (2019-2020)
  • Mallory LaRusso, Former Statistics Undergraduate, NC State - Undergraduate Mentor (2019-2020)
  • Jordan Lewis, Undergraduate, Statistics Department, NC State - Undergraduate Mentor (2019-2020)
  • Billy Fryer, Undergraduate, Statistics Department, NC State - Undergraduate Mentor (2020-2021)
  • Justin Lumpkin, Undergraduate, Computer Science, UMD College Park - Undergraduate Mentor (2020-2021) and DST Alum