There are many ways for students at the School of Data Science to get involved with the University and data science communities. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, in-person or online, we believe there is a place for everyone. 

A few tips to getting involved and connected:

Graduate Data Student Council

The Graduate Data Science Council (GDSC) represents all graduate students at the School of Data Science. Its mission is to enhance the experience of graduate students at the School of Data Science by building a sense of community among residential graduate data science students and facilitating interactions with students in other graduate programs at the University of Virginia as well as the Charlottesville community.

The Graduate Data Science Council is committed to being a national leader in the creation and sharing of data knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Interested in learning more about GDSC? Email Assistant Director of Student Affairs Jessica Beverly to learn more.  

Data Science and Analytics Club

The Data Science and Analytics Club exists to promote student-led exploration of data science topics and opportunities. As a club, we actively work to reduce entrance barriers while simultaneously creating a vibrant community of practice where students from all backgrounds and skill levels can find inspiration while they grow, share, and apply their skills. 


Datapalooza is an annual conference hosted by the University of Virginia’s School of Data Science that brings together more than 500 attendees from across higher education, industry, and the greater data science community. First launched in 2015, Datapalooza has evolved from a research exposition to a platform where anyone interested in data science can connect with experts and expand their knowledge and skill sets. Designed for students, faculty, professionals, and friends of data science, Datapalooza aligns with the core values of the School of Data Science—to further discovery, share knowledge, and make a positive impact on society through collaborative, open, and responsible data science research and education.

Datapalooza 2023 took place Friday, Nov. 10, at Newcomb Hall at the University of Virginia. 

Women in Data Science Charlottesville

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) Charlottesville Conference is an independent event that is organized by the University of Virginia's School of Data Science as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide Conference. First hosted by Stanford University in 2015, the conference has grown to nearly 200 events worldwide in more than 50 countries. WiDS features women doing outstanding work in the field of data science, and all genders are invited to attend conference events.

Past WiDS Charlottesville conferences are available to view online.

Other Opportunities and Resources at UVA

Browse the UVA Student Events Calendar

Browse all UVA Student Organizations

Inter-Fraternity Council

Inter-Sorority Council

Multicultural Greek Council

National Pan-Hellenic Council

UVA Recreation 

University Program Council

Diversity & Inclusion at UVA, including:

  • Multicultural Student Support
  • Veteran and Military Student Support
  • Student Disability Resources
  • First Gen and Low-Income Student Support
  • African American Student Programs and Support
  • Food Insecurity
  • LGBTQ+ Student Support
  • Volunteering and Service
  • Peer Mentoring & Support 

Code for Charlottesville

Code for Charlottesville brings together coders, designers, data analysts, researchers, and community partners to work on projects with local nonprofits and governmental agencies.

Launched in September 2019, Code for Charlottesville has partnered with the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Charlottesville Fire Department, and the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights. Our volunteers are Charlottesville residents who work locally or remotely, students at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College, and people who live elsewhere who connect with us via Slack and Zoom. The organization serves as a platform for community members and students to connect with one another while working on meaningful volunteer projects.

There are many roles for volunteers, and Code for Charlottesville is always seeking people with coding experience and those who have design, communication, and research skills. Our projects involve data analysis, front-end and back-end software development, UI/UX design, policy research, and community organizing. 

If you are interested in volunteering with Code for Charlottesville, reach out to Jon Kropko to learn more.