Open lab

The Data Science Lab welcomes students, staff, and faculty of all disciplines and levels to collaborate on common projects. We host regular workshops and applied project 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.

Student Showcase Symposium

Unit for Data Science and Analytics virtual inaugural Student Showcase Symposium. Hear from the unit's students solving those real-world problems this year.

Join us Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1 - 4 pm (Az Time) via Zoom

  • 1:00 pm - An organization's impact through connections: A topological approach by Megan Gordon
  • 1:30 pm - COVID-19 Data Browser: A web application for large-scale document search  by Steve Jadav
  • 2:00 pm - Using Python to scale up the application of an industry suitability metric by Crystal Nguyen
  • 2:30 pm - Topic Modeling: Women of color exploration by Pauras Jadhav
  • 3:00 pm - Identifying Facebook posts of interest and vlacsifying them into subtopics by Tanush Vinay
  • 3:30 pm - What is data science? What I thought I knew vs reality by Marcus Garcia


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. 

Spring 2021 labs

This series is a set of instructional and participatory events to inform on various and necessary key skills in data science.

We meet virtually via Zoom on the following Wednesdays from 10 am - 11 am (MST)

Jan 20th - Semester kickoff

Feb 3rd - Motivational interviewing by Kerri Rittschof

Feb 10th - Playful approaches to social data by Alex Halavais

Feb 24th - Using text as data for social science research: an introduction to text analysis in R by Jesse Lecy

Mar 10th - Agent base modeling by Joffa Applegate

Mar 24th - Data quality and ephemerality in social media by Shawn Walker

Apr 7th - Topological data analysis by Megan Gordon 

Apr 14th - A personal journey in the broad and fuzzy world of data science by Shashank Kapoor

Applied projects

Provides an opportunity to work directly in groups or individually on research projects spanning social science, biology, humanities, policy, computer science and engineering. 

Individual projects - work at your own pace

  • Homelessness clustering algorithms - Identify clusters of people based on their usage of homelessness services in Maricopa County, Arizona.
  • Chest x-ray pneumonia detection & image classifier - Utilize a neural network to classify chest x-ray images of lungs with or without pneumonia.

Group project: Join us via Zoom on Feb 5th, 12th, & 19th, Mar 5th & 19th, and April 2nd & 16th @ 10 am (MST)

  • Microplastic detection & image classifier  Automate image processing and classification of microplastics to aid in research regarding their impact on the environment and public health. 

Interested, contact us at


Small talks

Is an opportunity to chat about data science. Grab a couple of your friends, contact us at, and we will schedule and facilitate a virtual conversation.

Missed a Spring 2021 open lab? Email to request a recording.

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