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The Summer 2018 workshops are over. We’ll be back next summer with more workshops! See the Other Options for Learning page for resources available during the academic year.  Workshops are announced via the Northwestern IT Research Computing Services listserv (subscribe).

Do you work with data? Do you want to improve your programming skills? Ever wonder how to work with data in Python? Or why people keep telling you to learn R? Want to learn what a database is? How to navigate in a terminal or map your data?

Then there’s a summer workshop for you!

Organizations from across Northwestern are working together to offer graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and research staff a summer of workshops on data science, programming, and other core computational skills. Whether you’ve never written a line or code, or you’re looking to fill in gaps in your knowledge, we want you to join us in learning new skills this summer.


Workshops on Python, R, SQL, Bash, and GIS, taught by Northwestern graduate students, postdocs, and staff. Most workshops run 9am-12pm. To help you start applying your new skills right away, many workshops also include afternoon practice sessions where you can work on exercises with other participants and get help from workshop assistants. See the Workshop Schedule for a complete list and details.



Graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and research staff affiliated with Northwestern University are welcome to attend. You’ll need a NetID to register and a laptop for the workshops.

Faculty: you’re more than welcome to attend the summer workshops. Research Computing Services is also exploring the possibility of a faculty only bootcamp in September that would mix tutorials with work on your own projects. If you’re interested in this, please let us know.

Undergraduate students are encouraged to see alternative options for learning these skills.


Workshops will be held in multiple locations on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Specific rooms are listed in the workshop descriptions and registration forms.


Workshops begin the last week of June and run through mid-August. See the Workshop Schedule for a complete list of dates. Most workshops are held 9am-12pm. Many workshops have an afternoon practice session beginning at 1:30pm.

Workshop registration opens Friday, June 1st, at 10am.

Other Options

We’re offering these workshops because they fill a gap for researchers looking to improve their skills. However, there are additional options both during the summer and academic year, including NICO 101, the data science sequence in the statistics department, Data Science Nights, Research Computing Services workshops, an R User Group, and more. See our list of other data science courses and activities for details.


See Frequently Asked Questions.

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