Program Overview

The Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program offers top undergraduate and graduate students from around the world the opportunity to study at University of Chicago and to gain a foundation in data analytics, policy research and professional development. Outside of the classroom, students attend information sessions and discussion panels on various graduate programs at the University of Chicago as well as participate in networking and extracurricular activities with alumni and current graduate students at the university.

Faculty Leads

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Austin Wright is the Faculty Director for the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program to ensure the holistic curriculum is designed and taught to meet student needs in the UChicago way. As an Assistant Professor at Harris, Wright’s research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq, and is supported by the National Science Foundation, Niehaus Center for Global Governance, The Asia Foundation, and World Bank. He is also a faculty affiliate of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and non-resident fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute at Princeton University. Austin teaches the Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy for the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program. 


Wai-Sinn Chan oversees the Professional Development series of the Data and Policy Summer Scholar Program. Chan is the Senior Associate Director for Harris Policy Labs. She works with faculty, staff, and prospective client partners to develop the signature experiential learning program at Harris. She also coaches student teams in the classroom and designs the professional development component of Policy Labs. Prior to joining the University, she directed the implementation of projects to improve service reliability and customer communications, including Bus Tracker, at the Chicago Transit Authority. She is a Harris Public Policy MPP and Chicago Booth MBA alumna.