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Workshops and Training

Northwestern IT Research Computing Services collaborates with campus partners to offer members of the Northwestern research community opportunities to learn about the advanced research services and resources that support research activities on campus.

Remember to follow us on Twitter @NUITResearch and subscribe to the NUIT-RESEARCH listserv for information about research and training opportunities happening on and off campus.

Workshop Series

Summer Workshops on Data Science and Programming

Workshops covering introductory programming in Python, data analysis and visualization with R and Python, SQL and databases, the command line, and other computational topics will be held from June to August on both the Evanston and Chicago campuses.  Half-day workshops are supplemented with practice sessions to help you put your new skills to use. The summer workshops are organized by Research Computing Services, the Data Science Initiative, SPIE Student Chapter, Northwestern University Postdoctoral Forum, Biomedical Informatics and Data Science group, and others.

Learn more and register.

Computational Skills for Researchers (CSR)

Research Computing Services offers workshops on programming, data analysis, using Quest, and other technical skills for Northwestern researchers. All members of the Northwestern research community are welcome. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.  Workshops are in Mudd Hall on the Evanston campus unless otherwise noted.

See the list of workshop topics and register.

The Researcher's Toolkit

The Researcher's Toolkit is a workshop series designed to help Northwestern researchers improve scholarly productivity and efficiency in the areas of working with data, publishing and archiving research, geographic information systems (GIS), managing research resources, and more.  Workshops are taught by Research Computing and Library staff in Mudd Hall on the Evanston campus.

See the list of workshop topics and register.

Computational Skills for Informatics (CSI)

Hosted by Research Computing, Galter Health Sciences Library, and NUCATS, the CSI workshop series on the Chicago campus covers both general and domain specific computational topics to help researchers improve their workflows. 

See the list of workshop topics and register.

Online Training

DataCamp Online Courses

Research Computing and Kellogg School of Management provide access to DataCamp for researchers interested in learning or improving their skills with R, Python, and SQL through interactive, self-paced courses. Space is limited, and access is granted quarterly.

For more information and a link to the registration page, see DataCamp for R and Python.

Safari Books Online

Northwestern University Libraries provides access to Safari Books Online.  This includes many popular books on programming, software development, and other technology topics.  It also includes online tutorials.  Students, faculty, and staff can register for an account with a Northwestern email address; access the link from the Northwestern network or VPN.

Northwestern offers access to courses for students, faculty, and staff.  Courses cover a wide range of technology and business topics including databases, programming, and data analysis. 

For more information, see the Human Resources page.

Other Resources

Northwestern R User Group

The R User group meets monthly to learn more about R and network with others using the R statistical computing environment.  All members of the Northwestern University community using, or interested in using, R at all experience levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming meetings and more information.

Library Workshops

Northwestern University Libraries offers introductory workshops for data analysis and statistical software programs and GIS software.

Data Analysis Workshops.

GIS Workshops.


Computational Research Day

Research Computing Services organizes Computational Research Day each April. This all-day, campus-wide event showcases computational research at Northwestern and helps computational researchers connect and build community. The day includes presentations from Northwestern researchers and guest speakers, workshops, Birds of a Feather sessions, poster and visualization competitions, and lightning talks.

Learn more.


Last Updated: 29 May 2018

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