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.

R Studio 4-week Workshop

Unit for Data Science and Analytics is hosting a virutal R Studio Summer Workshop. The workshop will teach the basic concepts of the R programming language via an active real-life project. Each week will build off one another. The project itself is to automate some data streams for the Global Biosocial Complexity Initiative to aid in their research. The tasks include pulling the latest data from government websites, cleaning and formatting the data tables, and estimating NULL values.

Join us on the following Wednesdays at 10 am.

  • July 7 - Module 1: The Basics
  • July 14 - Module 2: Data Wrangling
  • July 21 - Module 3: Advanced Data Wrangling
  • July 28 - Module 4: Null Value Estimation

Register here for the event. Be ready to learn and apply! 


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 2021 labs

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

We will meet on the following Wednesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. (AZ time)

Sep. 8 - Semester kickoff hosted by the Data Science Team
Sep. 15 - Motivational interviewing & Identify the problem cohost by Michael Simeone & Kerri Rittschof
Sep. 29 -
Engineering thinking for data science hosted by Luigi Marini
Oct. 20 - Agent-based modeling hosted by Joffa Applegate
Oct. 27 - How data misinforms us about misinformation hosted by Shawn Walker
Nov. 10 - Intro to Natural Language Processing hosted by Michael Simeone 

Join us on Zoom or in-person on the third floor of Hayden Library in the data science center (NW corner by large monitor). 

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. 

July 2021

Hello fellow data sciencers! Come join us this July as we try predicting stock prices with sentiment analysis on twitter data!

We will mentor and coach students who are interested in working on a real-world project on social media analysis. We will meet each Friday in July. Be ready to learn about the project, share and implement your ideas, and collaborate with others. 

Interested, contact us at to reserve your spot! We meet each Friday, July 9-30, 2021. 


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