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Presenting Data Effectively: A Zoom Primer on Data Visualization for Research

Everyone wants to make an impact with their research data. However, actually condensing and displaying data can be a challenge. Which type of plots do you use? Which software should you create graphs with? How do you even get started?

This studio is designed to give you the basic tools necessary to begin creating graphs to display your research. We will go over the main principles behind creating graphs from different data, what you should consider when choosing a particular type of graph, and some potential software/software commands that you can use to get started. We will specifically go over displaying data using Python, R, and LaTex.

Participants will be expected to actively practice the skills after we present them. We will give students the opportunity to experiment with creating data visualizations on a provided dataset and even give them advice about displaying data that they themselves bring! As the title suggests, this is meant to be a basic primer to ensure all members of the Stanford student body are able to optimize their research experience!

Topics covered: Learn the basics behind how to think about data and the different decisions behind creating effective data visualizations. Includes tips on creating plots in  Python, R, and LaTex.

Zoom Recording


Presented by:
Hans Hanley, PhD Student, Computer Science, Engineering Learning Consultant
Lorelay Mendoza, PhD Student, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Engineering Learning Consultant
Presented on:
Tuesday, November 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

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Lit Review Series: Goal-Oriented Reading

Synthesizing prior findings is a core skill throughout the research cycle. Perhaps you’re motivating your research proposal in a written ‘Related Works’ section or a presented qualifying exams, or maybe you’re chasing down sources to substantiate your claims. In this Grad Studio series, we share strategies for goal-oriented reading, techniques for organizing concepts and results, and scaffolds for making measurable progress.

You have a stack of papers to read...eventually. Or maybe you’re already knee-deep in that stack of literature, and it feels like an endless, fruitless task. Tune in to this Grad Studio to refine your literature reading process using goal-oriented strategies and iterative methodologies. Join us during the work session to make targeted progress on your reading objectives, and to connect with fellow students over reading woes and triumphs.

Topics covered: Identifying reading objectives, tailoring reading methods based on reading objective, time- and task-management, productivity  ​

Zoom Recording


Presented by:
Libby Zhang, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Learning Consultant
Guillaume Riesen, PhD Student, Neuroscience, Graduate Learning Consultant
Presented on:
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

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Lit Review Series: Synthesis-Driven Reading

So, you’ve read some papers...now what? Think of them as puzzle pieces in a jigsaw puzzle -- how do you construct a cohesive narrative based on prior findings and related work to motivate and justify your particular research direction? Tune in to this Grad Studio to explore note-taking, concept mapping, and other knowledge synthesis techniques and hone in on the methods that work for you. Join us during the work session to focus on drawing connections between previous and proposed work, and articulating your understanding of your readings.

Topics covered: Active reading and note-taking, concept mapping, writing for comprehension, visualizing knowledge

Zoom Recording


Presented by:
Libby Zhang, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Learning Consultant
Guillaume Riesen, PhD Student, Neuroscience, Graduate Learning Consultant
Presented on:
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

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