Through a grant from the Jefferson Trust, the Data Science Institute in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research has been working to create opportunities for graduate students in diverse disciplines to work together on collaborative research projects in the area of Big Data. Beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year, students from across the University were invited to search out collaborators to connect real-world problems with data-driven solution methods. See the Jefferson Trust newsletter  for more information about the competitive process by which projects were chosen.
Since its establishment through the Jefferson Trust, the fellows program has grown. Now named the Presidential Fellowship in Data Science in recognition of the support by the Presiden't Office, the program supports several interdisciplinary projects each year. See below for more information about the projects!
- Gut Predictions: Building a Predictive Model of the Gut Microbiome 
- Data-Driven, Complex Systems Model of Public Opinion 
- Big Data Meets Mind-body Complementary Therapy: Data-driven Musculoskeletal Models that Guide the Use of Yoga for Treatment of Chronic Disease 
- Maintained Individual Data Distributed Likelihood Estimation (MIDDLE) 
- Uncovering Mechanisms of Social Movements within the Arab Spring: A Data Mining Approach