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Research, internship, and job opportunities in Data Science are numerous due to the importance of Data Science in today's world.

For instance, for the third year in a row, Data Scientist topped Glassdoor's list as the best job in America."Data scientist has ruled as one of the hottest jobs for years, proven by its third consecutive No. 1 ranking," according to Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain. "This is due to the high demand (4,524 open jobs), the high salary ($110,000 median base salary) and high job satisfaction (4.2/5). Not only are tech companies scrambling to hire data scientists, but industries across the board, from health care to nonprofits to retail, are also searching for this talent."

For Memphis area, Glassdoor indicates an average salary of $111,782 for Data Scientists.

Indeed, data and Data Science is having a broad impact and has huge potential to further impact products, services, and processes in all areas of our lives including business, government, nonprofits, and spanning all fields such as biomedical, education, science, engineering and social and personal lives.

The UofM offers research opportunities in Data Science through individual projects as well as through the Data Science Research Cluster which provides leadership for the Data Science Research at the UofM and the local community by creating a vibrant research environment and training future data scientists to build a Data Science community of practice that includes academia, government and industry in West Tennessee, the Mid-South and beyond.


Teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified applicants. These assistantships include a tuition waiver and a monthly living stipend. To learn more about available opportunities, contact vrus@memphis.edu.

Weil Graduate Fellowship

Weil Graduate Fellowship in Data Science - The Weil Graduate Fellowship in Data Science provides ($12,500) per year toward tuition and fees and can be combined with other University of Memphis awards. Weil Fellows also have access to exclusive opportunities to develop the next generation of leaders.

Weil Fellowship Eligibility/Renewal  
The Weil Fellowship is available for a maximum two (Master’s)/three years (post masters PhD), renewable each academic year by meeting the criteria below.

  • Full-time enrollment in fall and spring semesters; 
  • Maintain a 3.75 cumulative grade point average; and
  • Participation in Weil Fellow cohort activities (one per semester)

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact vrus@memphis.edu.

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