The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) in partnership with faculty and research staff from Michigan Medicine recently held the 2021 MyVoice Data Challenge on Youth Health and Wellness for students with an interest in data science, healthcare, and natural language processing. Student teams of 3-5 members were given access to data from MyVoice (, a national text-message poll of youth aged 14-24 with the goal of informing local and national policies in real-time. Teams had roughly two months to create a process using data science methodologies to analyze the data, develop methods for deriving meaning, and synthesize findings into a short presentation.

Both graduate and undergraduate students, at all levels of data science experience participated, with four finalist teams presenting at the Data for Public Good Symposium.  Winners were announced on the final day of the symposium.

Challenge Finalists:


Honorable Mention

  • Stuart Ong, Moutaz Gendia, Sheila Pietono (School of Information, Master’s)
  • Hayoung Cheon, Bruno Castelo Branco, Varad Deolankar, Yiqi Li (Ross School of Business, PhD)


  • Andy Gu, Yeonsoo Hwang, Louis Wang, and Hannah Zhou (College of Literature, Science & Arts, Bachelor’s)