FAQ - Advanced Computing for Social Change

Answers to your questions about Advanced Computing for Social Change events

Frequently Asked Questions about ACSC

How do I apply?

Interested students who meet the qualifications apply by completing the application form. See the ACSCI home page for details.

When will the participants be selected and notified? What if I'm not selected?

Selected participants will be notified at the end of June. Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified by dates specified on the ACSCI home page Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified one month after the application close date.

What if I have graduated during the time of the competition?

You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, both at the time you apply and at the time of the challenge.

Are there opportunities for high school or graduate students to participate?

Not at this time. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate college student, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition.

Is eligibility limited to students majoring in computer science?

Not at all. We welcome applications from students who are in non-computing fields/across all disciplines (i.e. forestry, agricultural or life sciences, liberal arts, etc.) who have an interest in how computation and data analysis can be applied in their areas.

Do I have to know a computer programming language?

No, you are not required to have coding experience. Participants will learn to use R to analyze and display data visually during the challenge. R and Python will be introduced to students via online training modules.

What costs will the program pay?

In-person Advanced Computing for Social Change will cover the costs of airfare, one checked bag, lodging and meals. All needed software will be provided.

Are students eligible if there are travel restrictions in their community?

Travel restrictions are not part of eligibility or selection criteria. In some locations and with some institutions (e.g., university or college), there are travel restrictions in place that include COVID-19 testing for travel, quarantine, lack of flights, and lack of transportation to name a few. If you are selected to participate in an in-person program, please work with us and follow the travel restrictions in your community.

Are students eligible if they are studying outside the US?

No. Students must be studying within the US including US territories to be eligible to apply. We are unable to cover international travel costs for students coming from outside the US.

What if I am only enrolled part-time?

You must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate program, both at the time you apply and at the time of the competition.

Is there any restriction on nationality or gender?

Students must be US Citizens or permanent residents of the US to be eligible to apply. To further the competition's diversity goals, some preference will be given to students historically underrepresented in STEM including women, students from majors outside computer science, and students at the sophomore or junior level. There is no "quota." Any undergraduate who meets the requirements is invited to apply.

May I apply to both Advanced Computing for Social Change programs?

You are welcomed to apply to both programs. However, applying to both will not increase your chances for selection. Selected students can participate in only one of the programs. For this reason, we recommend that you apply only to your first choice.

When will I have to view the trainings?

All training will due one month prior to the start of the ACSC program (any changes to due dates will be communicated to selected participants).

What if my question isn't listed here?

Please contact Rosalia Gomez directly.

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