In this course, we will learn to collect, analyze, evaluate, interpret, criticize, and communicate scientific data. Course activities will include tutorials on mathematical and computational tools as well as group exercises in data analysis. Workshops will explore critical reading of primary scientific sources, effective oral presentation of data, and sound technical writing. Students will apply their learning to a research project collecting, assessing, and presenting original data. Assessment will be based on daily assignments, several quizzes, and oral and written reports on the independent project. This course is held during pre-orientation. Enrollment is limited.