IndigiData is a one-week Indigenous data science education workshop each summer to introduce data science and informatics skills to tribal undergraduate and graduate students.

For 2023, we are pleased to offer 2 workshops

  1. Gene editing and modification – Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Nation of Prior Lake, MN, just south of Minneapolis-St.Paul. This workshop will focus on yeast and corn as model systems to discuss Indigenous knowledges related to agriculture, with additional discussions about food sovereignty.
  2. Metabarcoding and qPCR – Lummi Nation in Ferndale, WA, between Seattle and Vancouver. This workshop’s focus is on waterways and fisheries, with additional conversations about environmental stewardship and kinship.

We offer an Indigenous-centered curriculum led by Indigenous data scientists. Our workshop activities center Indigenous data sovereignty and data ethics while also providing students valuable insight into the emerging data and technology career fields.

Flights, accommodation, and all meals are provided for workshop participants.

Application Instructions

Applicants should enter their Academic Experience and Statement of Purpose in the below form. Due to word count limits, we suggest writing these statements beforehand in a Word document before pasting into the form. As a last step, upload any files such as tribal enrollment and CV/Resumé. Please note the 2 GB size limit for each.

After completion of the workshop, participants are asked to submit an evaluation of the IndigiData workshop program. These evaluations provide organizers valuable feedback to modify and improve future workshops.

Please Note:
This application form will close on February 28th at Midnight US Hawaii time.

IndigiData 2023 Application
Please note that you must attend all days of the workshop. You are also only allowed to attend 1 workshop. All applicants will be evaluated for research interest alignment to each topic.
Please let us know from where you will be traveling. This will help us to begin planning travel details for all attendees.
Some applicants have additional questions about the workshop. This is just an informal opportunity to ask Program Organizers further details about the program prior to the workshop date. This question will have no bearing on the application process.

Applicant Background

Please provide a description of your academic and professional background and interest in the IndigiData workshop. You will be asked to upload a digital copy of your Curriculum Vitae or Résumé.
Please select the option that best describes your current academic or community standing.
Please provide a 200 word summary of your academic or professional background.
Please provide a 500 word summary of your interest in this workshop.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Please upload your Curriculum Vitae or Résumé (in PDF, DOC, or DOCX file format). One file only. 2 GB limit.

Prior Assessment

Applicants are not expected to have had a statistics course or any familiarity with any of the listed statistical programs. These questions are merely to assist Program Organizers in planning this year's workshop.

Indigenous Ancestry

Due to funding and space limitations, we must prioritize supporting Indigenous people in the workshop. We do not act as an arbiter for determining Indigeneity. We rely on applicants' good faith in self-representing connections to their Indigenous communities. Please provide documentation or a statement of your Indigenous ancestry. There is an option to upload proof of tribal enrollment or certification.
Please provide a 200 word summary of your Indigenous ancestry.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Proof of tribal enrollment or certification. One file only. 2 GB limit.

Statements of Agreement

We carefully consider all applications and, unfortunately, cannot accept all applicants. To ensure maximum attendance, we require all selected applicants to attend all workshop days. We also ask that participants have access to a laptop with WiFi capability.