Date(s) - 04/19/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


3910 15th Ave NE
Seattle WA

Teaching Undergraduates Reproducible Research: A Short Workshop for UW Instructors

Teaching students integrity when doing empirical research is a high priority for instructors. However, increases in the volume and variety of data means that our students face new challenges in learning how to efficiently and transparently get insights from these data. In response to these changes, we recognise that new approaches to teaching and learning are necessary to ensure our students are equipped with methods and tools to produce credible science. To learn about these new approaches, the UW eScience Institute is organising a short workshop on teaching undergraduates reproducible and transparent research methods.


The goal of the workshop is to share information about how to teach reproducible and transparent research, especially in fields outside of computer science. Doing reproducible and transparent research is increasingly becoming a priority in many research communities, and we want UW undergraduates to get the best training on how to do this so they can be at the forefront of their disciplines. We also want to foster a community of instructors who are promoting open science practices on campus, following the recommendations of the National Academies’ 2018 report ‘Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research’ (


The workshop will include brief presentations from UW instructors at the forefront of teaching undergraduates to work transparently and reproducibly in the students’ major. We will hear how they use programming languages such as R, Python, and related tools in their courses. We will conclude with a panel discussion to survey what works and what doesn’t work across a variety of fields, and welcome questions from the audience. We will collect syllabi and related resources for access after the workshop.


Confirmed presenters:

Geoff Boynton (Psychology)

Bing Brunton (Biology)

Randall LeVeque (Applied Math)

Valentina Staneva (eScience)

John Wilkerson (Political Science)




9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and introduction

9:15 – 9:30 Geoff Boynton

9:30 – 9:45 Randall LeVeque

9:45 – 10:00 Kristin Privitera-Johnson

10:00 – 10:15 break

10:15 – 10:30  Valentina Staneva

10:30 –  10:45 John Wilkerson

10:45 – 11:00 break

11:00 – 12:00 round table discussion


This event is open to the public; please register to attend on this Google Form: