Open lab and workshops

The Data Science Lab welcomes students, staff, and faculty of all disciplines and levels to collaborate on common projects. We host regular workshops and open lab sessions to provide mentorship, hands on exercises and networking opportunities to help you learn and use data science as a way to solve real-world problems.

Lab sessions

Our open labs provide an opportunity to understand concepts and develop skills in data science. 

If you are not on our mailing list, please email to request to be added to receive information on upcoming events and the links to the sessions. 

Fall 2023 virtual labs 

The series will be a set of virtual instructional and participatory events to inform on various and necessary key skills in data science.

We will meet virtually Wednesdays from 10 -11 a.m. (AZ time).

Sep 6 - Semester kickoff. What is data science? with Kerri Rittschof
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Sep 20 - Artificial intelligence Kickoff with Michael Simeone and Shawn Walker
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Sep 27 - OpenRefine: Data Cleaning Made Easy with Karalyn Ostler
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Oct 18 - Where DS meets Practical research data management with Matthew Harp
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Oct 25 -  Artificial intelligence series part 2  with Michael Simeone and Shawn Walker
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Fall 2023 workshops

Namig Abbasov, Digital Humanities Analyst will host three Fall workshops. We will meet virtually most Tuesdays from 10 -11 a.m. (AZ time).

Data Visualization 2-part series
Sept 12 -
Unlocking visual insights: Visualization with ggplot
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Sept 19 - Advanced visualization with ggplot
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Machine Learning (ML)
Sept 26 - ML applications in Social Sciences, Digital Humanities and Beyond
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Text Analysis 3-part series
Oct 17 -  Text Analysis in Social Sciences, Digital Humanities, and Beyond
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Oct 24 - How do I Start Conducting Text Analysis: Data Preprocessing
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Wed Nov 1 - Stepping into Unsupervised and Semi-supervised Text Analysis: Topic Modeling and KeyATM
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Self-paced projects

Chest x-ray image classifier - Classify chest x-ray images into those with pneumonia and those without pneumonia
Keywords: Image processing, neural networks, Tensorflow

Mortality prediction in medical data - Attempt to outperform us at predicting mortality in medical data
Keywords: Medical data, machine learning, performance evaluation

Homelessness clustering - Execute various clustering algorithms on service activity of homeless people in Maricopa County, AZ
Keywords: Unsupervised learning, clustering algorithms, real-world data

Email to get involved and the resources and recordings will be provided. 

Recorded workshops

Programming mini workshops

Learn some of the basics of data science in our virtual mini workshops. We will show you how to import data, build models, and interpret results using multiple techniques in the R and Python programming language.

R basics: Intro to programming in the R coding language
Python basics: Intro to programming in the Python coding language

Contact Kerri Rittschof  at and request the recording. 

Data Visualization Tableau workshop

The summer 2022 half day virtual workshop, we completed hands-on training in the basics of visualizing data with Tableau, from making charts to composing dashboards. No previous experience required, but you need your own laptop. 

Missed the Tableau workshop, contact Kerri Rittschof at and request the recording.

Faculty, staff and students interested in an ongoing project, new collaboration, or learning more may contact