The goal of the Collaboratory Fellows Fund is to support innovative curriculum development that meets the data and computational literacy needs of a given discipline, set of disciplines and/or cohort of students at Columbia.

2020 Collaboratory RFP and Application

VIDEO: 2020 Collaboratory Info Session (24 minutes)

VIDEO: 2020 Info Session Q&A (41 minutes)

Application Deadline: Friday, July 31, 2020
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How Does it Work?

The program will award grants to pairs of instructors, one with disciplinary/area expertise and one with data-science/computational expertise, to collaborate on the development and teaching of new material that embeds data or computational science into a more traditional domain or the reverse, embeds business, policy, cultural and ethical topics into the context of a data or computer science curriculum. The new content should use pedagogy, instruction, and delivery methods that are fitting for the specific student cohort. Example curricula offerings might include classes, workshops, studios, out-of-semester offerings and “boot-camps.” Student cohorts can be undergraduate students, PhD students or graduate students undergoing professional training. The goal is to create diverse course offerings that are accessible to student at all levels, including those who have no previous data science exposure.

In addition to the subject areas suggested above, this year we are encouraging proposals that:

  • Create curricula aimed at undergraduates
  • Integrates Genomics and data science
  • Tailors entrepreneurship and/or business literacy curricula for STEM students

Proposals are welcome from all Schools at Columbia University. Because the goal of the Fellows Fund is to support data literacy and the contextual used of data as an important element of a Columbia University education, it is intended that all developed material be integrated into Columbia’s instructional offerings.

Proposal Requirements

– Cover page with executive summary
– Budget and budget justification
– Proposal (limit 5 pages)
– Letters of support from deans and department chairs
– CV for each instructor (limit 2 pages each)

Suggested Proposal Contents include justification for the proposed offering, description of materials to be developed, description of the targeted audience, explanation of how materials will be delivered, outline of each instructor’s role, implementation timeline, and evaluation criteria.

Grantee Requirements

Grantees are required to co-develop and co-teach proposed materials, which must be integrated into Columbia’s instructional offerings within 2 years of the receipt of funding support. Grantees are also required to attend cohort gatherings about twice a semester to share lessons learned and best practices. Granted funds must be expended within 3 years.

Who Is This For?

Applications must be submitted by a pair of instructors (or more if justification is provided), each of whom must have the authority to assume scholarly, administrative, and financial responsibility for their individual award. Those eligible to apply are: full-time officers of instruction, professors of practice, lecturers within discipline and/or adjunct professors of Columbia University. At least one member of the instructional team must be appointed full-time. All full-time members on the team must hold primary appointments at Columbia University.



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