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By completing a variety of Research Tools Workshops, you’ll gain familiarity with equipment, techniques, and analyses that will open up more opportunities for you as a researcher. If you’d like to complete the Science Research Fellows program, we require participation in at least 3 workshops by the end of your sophomore year (the class of 2024 -- current sophomores -- can have until Dec. 2023, as the SRF program wants to give some flexibility as it expands access to students); it’s better to participate early so that you gain skills and find possible research fits, and it’s also better to continue participating in workshops during your junior and senior years to learn more tools and techniques that can help you. More details about the overall program are on this website.  

 

Winter Term 2022

  • BIO 184B, Introduction to Lab Techniques and Biological Research -- Sarah Mordan-McCombs 

 

Spring semester 2022

  • Workshops

    • Analyses and Techniques

      • Using R to create visualizations - David Harvey

      • Python for basic data analysis - Jacob Hale

      • Models for your research – Naima Shifa

      • Working with qualitative data – Naima Shifa

    • Equipment

      • Scanning Electron Microscope - Ken Brown

      • Chemical Characterization of Materials with X-ray Fluorescence – Ken Brown

      • Drone workshop - Tim Cope

      • Genotyping Zebrafish – Henning Schneider

      • Fluorescence Microscopy - Henning Schneider

      • Measuring Zebrafish Behavior – Acute Nicotine Response - Henning Schneider

      • Eye tracker for behavioral research - Michael Roberts

      • Introduction to EEG (electrode cap for neural recording) - Rob West

    • Writing and Programming

      • Applying to NSF graduate research fellowships - Hilary Eppley 

      • Intro to Relational Database and SQL - Chad Byers

      • Creating Professional Documents with LaTeX - Thomas Grier

      • Relevant Tenzer Technology Center workshops/contests

 

  • Tool-based courses

    • GEOS 205: Introduction to GIS

 

Online courses

The Science Research Fellows program allows students to count up to two online courses towards the Research Tools requirement. If you want to use these as part of the program requirements, then contact the director, Michael Roberts, to share details about the course before you take it, and he will review for approval. As online courses are approved, the director will add them to this list so students see approved options. After completing the course, provide a certificate of completion during the same semester/summer that you took the course.

  • Here are a few examples:

    • LinkedIn Learning - DePauw students have free access to these online courses, which vary between a couple of hours of introduction to many hours for developing skills in more detail. For example, there are courses for learning Excel fundamentals, statistical analyses, data mining, databases, programming languages, etc. 

      • We are not expecting you to become an expert via these kinds of online courses, but we hope they introduce you to tools that you’ll use and further build upon in your research, in classes at DePauw, etc.   

    • Coursera courses with relevance for research (e.g., learning statistical techniques, programming languages, etc.)

    • ESRI ArcGIS Training (interactive maps) - several free courses. Beginners should take ArcGIS Pro: An Introduction and ArcGIS Pro Basics. ArcGIS online registration required.