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iTHRIV Supports Summer Programs for
the Next Generation of Researchers

The School of Data Science welcomed 18 undergraduate students to the 2022 Data Justice Academy. Students participated in nine weeks of intensive research on topics ranging from health disparities and housing inequality to criminal justice and education.

iTHRIV was proud to provide technical support and mentorship in the program.

In addition to mentored research, students participated in technical skills training and professional development with data science faculty and staff.

The Data Justice Academy is designed as an immersive residential experience for undergraduate students from groups historically underrepresented in data science.

Data Justice Academy

This summer, the iTHRIV BERD Research Methods Core piloted an 8-week Collaborative Undergraduate Biostatistics Experience (CUBE) program. This summer’s program hosted four students: two at University of Virginia (UVA) and two at Virginia Tech (VT).


CUBE focused on bringing attention to, and diversifying, the profession of collaborative biostatistics.  The program is built on four pillars: training in introductory biostatistics; training in R programming; professional development; and mentorship through a collaborative research project.  


CUBE is partially funded by iTHRIV, and is jointly administered by Virginia Tech’s Center for Biostatistics and Health Data Science (CBHDS) and UVA’s Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health Sciences.


SOAR (Summer Opportunities in Academic Research) is a summer program for high school students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County who are under-represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math STEM, as defined by NIH guidelines.

Participating students were paired with research mentors at the University of Virginia (UVA) and introduced to numerous topics and career avenues in science and medicine during morning didactic sessions and afternoon research in mentor labs.


Through a summer of hands on education, mentoring, and biomedical research  experiences, SOAR works to inspire high school students to pursue careers in science.

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