Research Opportunities

We have a growing focus on data visualization at Northeastern. The Khoury College of Computer Sciences has made two recent hires, Profs. Cody Dunne and Michelle Borkin, to lead visualization research and support two new degree programs in Data Science. They join an already strong team of 62 tenured and tenure-track faculty, and the College plans to continue hiring. Northeastern is also now top ranked among top computer science schools in terms of publications at selective venues.

Beyond CCIS, visualization work is being conducted across campus by faculty in Art and Design, Journalism, Politics, Engineering, and the Library. The interdisciplinary NUVis Visualization Consortium ties these researchers together, and helps foster cross-cutting studies. We have a rich tradition of working on meaningful problems in collaboration with civic, business, and global partners.

Graduate Research

At Northeastern, students interested in graduate studies on visualization have several degree programs to choose from, listed elsewhere on this page. We will help guide incoming students in applying to the appropriate degree program for their interests.

Our warm supportive community of researchers eagerly seeks women and minority students to promote diversity.

Profs. Dunne and Borkin currently have five open and funded PhD positions focused on data storytelling, analytic provenance, tree and graph/network visualization, cybersecurity and defense geospatial network visualization, visualization for healthcare, multidimensional data visualization, and visualization perception and cognition.

PhD students in these programs who are making acceptable progress are guaranteed at least five years of full funding. Spring PhD admission is available for exceptional students.

Undergraduate Research

We are also looking for exceptional undergraduate students to work as part of dynamic teams with our graduate students and faculty. Research with us can be paid or unpaid for research experience. We hire students hourly or for co-ops.

Application Inquiries

We are particularly interested in students with strong programming proficiency, such as full stack web development experience, JavaScript, D3, WebGL, Python, and Java. Students should also have strong English speaking and writing skills

If you are interested in applying to work with us, please email both Profs. Dunne and Borkin at with:

  • A statement of your research interests, which of us you want to work with, and what work of ours is interesting to you,
  • Your CV,
  • Academic transcripts (can be unofficial),
  • Test scores: GRE for graduate students, SAT for undergraduate, and TOEFL/IELTS if foreign, and
  • Any additional materials that would help us evaluate your skills, such as your homepage, design portfolio, online demos or videos, github page.

If we think you would be suitable research partners, we will schedule an interview with you.

Career Counselors and Faculty

Please print and post our current student recruiting flier.

Image of flier about data visualization at Northeastern CCIS