Davidson College’s RESEARCH, DATA + DESIGN (R+D2 ) PROGRAM connects forward-thinking companies with talented undergraduate students as a low-cost alternative to in-house research work, data analytics and problem solving. Small student teams — led by a member of Davidson College faculty — work on your unique problem, product or research question to produce a solution, design or analysis. In addition to high-quality deliverables, your company can gain exposure to potential hires who have a knack for tackling complex problems and a passion for building better futures.

How does it work?

What do I get?

Project team working on your project for a full cycle.

Regular progress reports throughout cycle. Final presentation/hand-off by project team.

Option to provide regular mentoring to the project team — on the phone or in person.

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Opportunity to talk to student team members about internship and employment.

What kinds of projects?

Examples of current projects led by project teams include:

Department: Psychology

Leveraged advanced data analytic techniques (machine learning, natural language processing, neural networks) to help Center for Creative Leadership better predict leader effectiveness.

Department: Psychology

Partnered with a large global consulting firm to map the firm’s social networks and better understand how team diversity impacts the communication patterns in work teams.

Departments: Computer Science, Math, Physics

Partnering with a Fortune 500 company to enhance global collaboration, training, and new product development through the use of Virtual Reality in its engineering division.

Department: Environmental Studies

Will research and analyze food waste on campus — proposing options for useful alternatives, beginning in Fall 2017. (Funded by private donor.)

Department: Communication Studies

Conducted customer research and user testing to help local coffee shop, Summit Coffee, with business growth, including ambassador and subscription models for a new wholesale program.

Why Davidson?

R+D2 Program is a first-of-its-kind curriculum partnership program led by one of the nation’s top liberal arts institutions. Davidson cultivates students’ compassion, creativity, empathy, listening and vision — and is uniquely equipped to help tackle real-world problems and research across a range of disciplines, from the sciences and arts to data science and user experience, and more.