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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 workshops (food provided) to learn 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, as well as guest speakers from local companies to talk about 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.

When are the workshops and events?

Spring 2019 Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 12, Collecting Data and Quality Control: Using Spreadsheets and Lab Notebooks Effectively, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Tuesday, February 19, Research Reusability and Reproducibility: Make Your Data Useful over Time, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Tuesday, February 26, Data and Your Research Question: Know Where You’re Going with Your Data, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Tuesday, March 12, Data Workflows: How to Manage Big Data, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library
  • Monday, April 8, Local Business Data Day: Talk with Data Professionals, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the BioCommons at Steenbock Library

Where are the workshops located?

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

(Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

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.

What is the commitment?

There is no attendance commitment.  There are five (5) total evening workshops.  See above for schedule.

No homework or readings are required. 

 Enroll in program now!

Questions / Comments

Please contact me with any questions about the program.

Heather Shimon
Science & Engineering Librarian
ers-data@lists.wisc.edu