Big Data for Justice Summer Institute


NOTICE: As of May 3, 2019 the Big Data for Justice Summer Institute is no longer accepting any new applicants.

July 8, 2019 - August 2, 2019


The Big Data for Justice Summer Institute is an innovative four-week program designed to develop student’s abilities to critique, analyze, visualize and map big data using Tableau, GIS methods, and other digital technologies. The course emphasizes project-based learning and consists of a series of skill-building workshops and educational seminars as well as fieldwork and lab/studio time focused on issues around criminal justice in Los Angeles. Students will collaborate with community partners to conduct analyses consistent with current on-the-ground advocacy work using data on arrests and bookings by the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. In order to illustrate and document their work, students will develop an online digital portfolio. Students teams will generate final reports to community partners that visualize data in the form of graphs, charts, maps, and other types of figures as well as a robust write-up explaining the results of the analyses.

The goal of the Institute is for students to complete the four-week program with the following newly acquired knowledge and skills:

  • Learn to use and critically assess a suite of digital tools, spatial and quantitative datasets, and mapping/visualization/data analysis software technologies for studying criminal justice in Los Angeles.
  • Combine urban, social, computational, statistical and humanist perspectives to investigate data related to criminal justice.
  • Understand how the history of Los Angeles is intimately and unevenly linked with race, policing, and power; learn how this is manifest in built spaces, urban infrastructures, and communities.
  • Learn transferable technology skills through collaborative, project-based research, while engaging in multidisciplinary inquiry.
  • Learn to work in research teams in order to conceptualize, design, carry out, and deliver persuasive arguments through writing, data analysis, mapping, and data visualization.
  • Experience engaging community partners and working collaboratively on advocacy-based campaigns using data.

Program Eligibility

To participate in the Big Data for Justice Summer Institute, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Currently have a high school diploma (or equivalent)

Students who do not meet the minimum program requirements should not register and should consider other summer opportunities.

Application Requirements

The Big Data for Justice Summer Institute is by instructor consent only. To participate, you must apply and receive acceptance into the program.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete the following:

  • Short essay answering the following: Please describe why you want to take this course and how it relates to your personal or academic interests. 500 words or less.
  • Upload copy of current transcript or studylist
  • Resume

Students will be notified within 4 weeks of an acceptance decision.

NOTE: Students should compose the essay before beginning the online registration process. There will be text fields on the online registration form of which the response text can be copied.

How to Apply

  1. Access the Summer Institute Online Registration Form. Read all terms and conditions, then scroll to the bottom and "Continue to Registration".
  2. Complete the first page of the online registration form by answering all mandatory questions, then, select "Continue" at the end of the first page.
  3. Provide responses to all questions on the second page of the online registration form, including your essay response (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  4. Submit your registration form.
  5. Once your form is submitted, you will be directed to the Retrieve Registration page. Select “File Uploads” to upload your transcript or studylist (see Application Requirements above for more information)
  6. Allow up to 2 weeks for the program instructor(s) to review your application. An email will be sent to you with the official decision.
  7. If accepted to the program, follow the steps in your acceptance email to make payment of the non-refundable deposit ($150 for domestic students, $400 for international students) and reserve your space in the program.

A space in the program is not reserved for you until valid payment of the non-refundable deposit* is completed. Those who are not prepared to pay after program acceptance can submit their registration form and retrieve registration at another time to make payment, however you risk losing a space in the program if the program reaches capacity prior to the ability to pay.

This deposit is not refundable under any circumstances including, but not limited to, drop for non-payment and withdrawal, even if you withdraw from the program before it begins. If you withdraw, this deposit will appear as processing fee charge on your BruinBill account.

If the program is full, you will not be prompted to make payment. When your application is accepted from the wait list, you will be notified by email with instructions for methods of payment.

If registering after May 1, full payment of all fees including the non-refundable deposit but excluding any applicable document and IEI fees is required to reserve your space in the program.

Already submitted the online registration form but need to make a change or finish your registration? You can easily do so by retrieving your registration. To retrieve registration, please complete the steps below:

  1. Access the Summer Institute Retrieve Registration Form here.
  2. You will need your five-digit registration number that was sent to your email address. Fill out the form, then “Submit”.

Many changes and additions can be made using retrieve registration including: Payment submission of the non-refundable deposit

  • Uploading required documents
  • Dropping a current program
  • Adding a second program
  • Switching to a new program

Program Dates

JULY 8 - AUGUST 2, 2019

Important Dates

MAY 1: Payment due in full

JUNE 15: Refund Deadline

JULY 8 - AUGUST 2: Big Data for Justice Summer Institute

FEBRUARY 15: Registration Opens

APRIL 1-30: Financial Aid Application for Current UCLA Students Available

MAY 1: Registration Deadline for Int'l Students (Session A)