This Data Associate program is supported by AI Singapore and DataCamp. Take over 100+ courses taught by experts on topics like importing data, data visualizations and machine learning on the most intuitive learning platform on the market for data science. Learn R, Python and SQL the way you learn best through a combination of short expert videos and hands-on-the-keyboard exercises. Get concepts down faster through immediate and personalised feedback on every single exercise.


Note that these opportunities are subject to change, batch to batch! DAs may get exclusive access to workshops and industry talks by our alumni and guest speakers.


Project Planning

In groups of 2-4, DAs are attached to mentors who help to guide them in the process of planning and ideating for a term-long project..



While working on their projects, DAs can also expect weekly Wednesday night meetings, where they get exclusive access to workshops, research sharings and industry talks. .



Throughout the term, DAs get the opportunity to present their research on technical topics like Linear Discriminant Analysis, and present their final project to the DAP community..


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DAP is targeted at people who are more familiar with coding. The entrance test will be a python challenge hosted on Hackerrank. The recruitment period usually starts during the recess week of Sem 1, but this batch of DAs will officially start their DA journey in Sem 2.

DAFTP (Data Associate Fast Track Programme) is catered to an audience who is as familiar with coding. For the entrance challenge, they are given the option of choosing between a coding challenge or a business insight challenge. The recruitment period is in May, after which the recruited batch of DAs are provided training by the Curriculum team during June and July. The DAs must also finish Datacamp track for Data Science in Python to get more familiar with coding before Sem 1 begins. Then, when the semester begins, the DAs embark on their projects from week 1 to week 8, while also conducting some research sharing sessions.


What kind of projects can I work on as a DA?

DAs can form teams of 2-3 to work on either a project recommended by your mentors, or initiate your own projects. That means, you can work on almost any project – as long as your mentors give the greenlight!
Examples of past projects have explored everything from flight delay patterns, BOSS Bidding predictions and politics in Singapore to pun detection and Spotify visualisations. But new DAs don’t have to follow the same projects!

How much does this programme cost?

This particular programme is 100% free of charge!


However, all Data Associates must become members of SMUBIA. The cost of a lifetime membership is $15.

I’m a Post-Graduate student. Can I still take part in this programme?



However, due to restriction in the email policies, we would encourage you to either consider joining SMUBIA as a member or following our social media to receive more information about this programme.

I have more questions – Who should I speak to?

For the Oct 2019 recruitment, you may post any queries you have on the hackerrank forum here: