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FAQ

Answers to some common questions are below.

Will the workshops be recorded or broadcast? Can I attend remotely?

We understand the challenges of working remotely, and traveling between campuses. However, the workshops will not be recorded or broadcast. The workshops are designed as interactive sessions for those who are in the room. There are many excellent online resources for learning these skills, and the materials from the workshops will be available online as well. See the Other Options for suggestions.

Why is there a cost?

We’ve experienced no-show rates at previous workshops as high as 60%. Because we have limited space in these workshops, we want to ensure that those who register will attend. The small fee helps encourage attendance. It also allows us to offer more workshops by providing funds for additional instructors beyond the staff and members of the sponsoring organizations. If you can no longer attend the workshop, the workshop fee is refundable as long as you cancel at least 1 day before the workshop. If the cost would prevent you from attending, please contact us for options.

What software do I need to install?

Please see the Software Installation page. In addition, instructions will be emailed to registered participants before the workshop.

How can I help?

We could use workshop helpers! Please contact Christina Maimone with the topics you could help with.

Why can’t undergrads attend?

We think it’s great that you’re interested in learning programming and data science, and we’re sure you’d do great in the workshops. However, there are limited spots available. Undergraduates have multiple courses open to them to learn these skills. So we’ve allocated these limited spots to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. See the list of other events and activities for additional options open to undergraduates. If a workshop still has spots available 3 days before the workshop, you are welcome to register and attend. If you register before that point, your registration may be canceled.

I’m not affiliated with Northwestern, but I’ll be in Evanston this summer. Can I attend?

No. These workshops have limited spots available and are subsidized with university resources. Unfortunately, they are only open to Northwestern graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.

The workshop I want is full. What should I do?

Please join the waitlist for the workshop (from the Eventbrite registration). If folks cancel, or we’re able to find larger rooms, we’ll release tickets to those on the waitlist. If there are a lot of people on the waitlist, we’ll see what we can do about offering an additional workshop (no promises!).

I can no longer attend. What should I do?

There are waitlists for most workshops. Please cancel your registration (see below) so someone else can attend instead.

How do I cancel my registration/get a refund?

You can cancel your registration through Eventbrite. Log in to your account to find your tickets, or look for the confirmation email you received from Eventbrite when you registered. If you cancel at least 1 day before the workshop, the fee will be refunded. Refunds will not be given for last minute cancellations.

Where can I park?

If you’re driving to Evanston for a workshop, the easiest option is to park in one of the parking garages (Segal Visitors Center or North Parking Garage) for $8/day. You can take a ticket and pay at the gate – no need to get a permit ahead of time. See the Northwestern Parking and Transportation page for more options. You may want to take the free shuttle between campuses instead.

We don’t recommend driving to the Chicago campus unless you already have a parking permit.

Do I need to bring my Eventbrite ticket to the workshop?

Nope. We’ll ask you to sign in on an attendance sheet.

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