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’re 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 ($5-$20) helps encourage attendance. 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.
How can I help?
We need people familiar with Python and R to help with the afternoon practice sessions for the workshops. If you use Python or R and can help out, please contact us. We’ll list your name on this site, you’ll get to meet like-minded folks, and we’ll invite you to a meal at the end of the summer.
If you’re interested in teaching or helping with data science, programming, or other computational workshops during the academic year, please contact Christina Maimone in Research Computing Services to discuss options.
If you have an idea for a data science group or activity, please contact us.
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.
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.