researchERS (Emerging Research Scholars) Program

Join other undergraduate students to grow and develop essential data management skills during the 2018/2019 researchERS program!  Food provided.

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What is the researchERS program?

researchERS is a free program open to any current undergraduate UW-Madison student.  It features a series of evening meetings (food provided) and field trips related to current practices for managing the data used in research projects or lab research in any discipline.

The program provides hands-on training in topics like data cleaning and visualization, guest speakers on topics like research reproducibility, and field trips to local companies to see jobs that work with data outside of the university setting. 

Who can join?  How much does it cost?

Cost:  FREE!

Any undergraduate student in any major currently enrolled at UW-Madison can join.  Students working with primary research will get the most out of this program.  No previous knowledge or experience with data is required.

The researchERS program believes that diversity benefits everyone, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive, welcoming environment for all participants to grow and learn together.

What is the commitment?

Four (4) evening workshops plus one (1) optional field trip per semester during the 2018/2019 academic year (2 semesters total).  See below for schedule.

No homework or readings are required. 

Why should I participate?

Many critical data management issues are not often covered in the classroom, but are essential for primary research in any discipline.

In this program, you’ll:  

  • Understand the true value of your data and how others might use it later!
  • Locate and utilize disciplinary data repositories for data access, re-use, and dissemination.
  • Practice data visualization techniques for communicating your research.
  • Learn about intellectual property, privacy and confidentiality issues, and disciplinary ethics when it comes to sharing data.
  • Develop best practices for data management, description, and curation to facilitate re-use and reproducibility.
  • Identify the benefits and costs (financial, staff, time, etc) of proper data storage.

(Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

When are the workshops and events?

Fall 2018 Schedule

  • Tuesday, September 25, Data in the world: Impact and ethics, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Tuesday, October 16, Data discovery, acquisition, & citation, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Tuesday, October 30, Data visualization, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Tuesday, November 6, Field trip to Epic campus in Verona, bus leaves from Steenbock Library at 12:15 pm
  • Tuesday, November 27, Story slam!, noon – 1:30 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library

Spring 2019 – Coming Soon!

Where are the workshops located?

Workshops will be held in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library (map)

Field trips (optional) will be held at local businesses Promega and  EPIC. Transportation from campus will be provided.

Enroll in program now!

Questions / Comments

Please contact me with any questions about the program.

Heather Shimon
Science & Engineering Librarian