Successful scientists — from first-year undergraduates to renowned researchers — collect, analyze, evaluate, interpret, criticize and communicate about data. The Scientific Data pre-orientation workshop immerses participants in these activities.
Participants will learn to design experiments, use data analysis tools, critically read primary scientific sources, effectively discuss results, and write clearly about data. Students will apply these skills to a research project-gathering, assessing, and presenting original data. The program has three goals:
Scientific Data is a credit-bearing course, carrying .125 unit of Kenyon credit. Along with the academic sessions, there will be opportunities to socialize with both like-minded students and science faculty. Participants should expect an intense, challenging experience in a fun, supportive atmosphere.
Scholarships: Available for financial aid recipients
Applications Due: June 1, 2018
Find out more about the application process.
“The labs and workshops about the labs were the most important parts because they gave us a small taste about what research really is.”
“The written feedback for written assignments [was] tremendously useful. The Pre-O definitely felt like an easing into college for us while others might have some shock transitioning come the first week of classes.”
“The most important part was the people. I believe we formed a very good group that really wanted to be here and get a head start on sciences at Kenyon.”
“The writing and presentation workshops were my favorite time spent in the afternoons. Not only did we get to gain experience with experimentation, but we also were able to work with professors in a very personal setting to improve and communicate our data.”
“I liked the small class feel and the personal attention.”
“The lab parts were not only informative but fun. The way that the professors allow us to search for the answers instead of simply giving it to us helped in the long run. I felt like I understood the information better in the end.”
“Getting the opportunity to get to know a few really wonderful students and faculty before full-on orientation was a very valuable experience that has made the transition to college life incredibly easier. Also, learning about study skills in workshops, talking with faculty and hearing from the TAs about their experiences and struggles so far really helped me set more realistic expectations about what college life is like and modify my plans accordingly.”
“For me, the most important parts of the Pre-O were being exposed to what the sciences would be like here at Kenyon, as well as being able to make new friends very quickly. Because I came, I already have a group of friends that I can start the school year off with, and I think this will make it easier to make even more friends.”