Intro to Programming for Scientists Workshop

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Intro to Programming for Scientists Workshop

When and where

Date and time


Mission Hall UCSF 550 16th Street Room 1406/1407 San Francisco, CA 94158

Map and directions

How to get there

Refund Policy

No Refunds



Course Overview

This event, brought to you by the UCSF Library Data Science Initiative and UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences, is an example-driven two-day boot camp taught by fellow scientists and programmers. The workshops will introduce the basics of Unix Shell and Git, along with R or Python. Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and participants are encouraged both to help one another, and to try applying what they have learned to their own research problems during and between sessions.


This two-day boot camp will run on December 2-3, 9am-5pm on Saturday and from 9:30am-5:30pm on Sunday. We will be running two concurrent boot camps meaning both the R session and Python session are happening at the same time and you should register for either the R workshop or the Python workshop. Only sign up for one workshop.

R class site:

Python class site:

The actual lessons will vary depending on the topics and exercises chosen by the instructors.

Coffee and snacks will be provided.

Registration Info

You must have a valid UCSF email address to register. Participants should bring their own laptop to work on. This should be a "real" laptop - not a Chromebook, tablet, etc. You should also be sure to have admin privileges on this computer.

Please note that we cannot give refunds. If you register and can no longer attend feel free to give your ticket to a friend or colleague.


Q: Who would NOT find this course useful?

A: Intermediate and advanced R or Python users and those who don't want to learn Unix Shell and Git. This course is geared towards beginners with little or no programming experience. While you're welcome to attend if you need to brush up on the basics, these lessons will teach Unix Shell and Git and are not designed for intermediate or advanced R or Python users.

Q: Who are the instructors?

A: Our instructors are volunteers, trained by Software Carpentry. In the past, we’ve had current and former UCSF-affiliates as instructors.

Q: I can’t attend this workshop because I have a conflict on Dec 2-3. When’s the next workshop?

A: We try to have a workshop once a quarter so the next one is never too far off. Subscribe to the monthly Data Science Initiative newsletter for notifications.

Q: I registered for this workshop, but now have a conflict and can’t attend. Can I get a refund?

A: We cannot give refunds. If for any reason you can no longer attend the workshop, feel free to give your ticket to a friend or colleague.

Q: Registration is full or closed. How do I sign up for the waitlist?

A: Click on the green Register button to sign up for the waitlist. You will be notified if you're next on the waitlist. If you don't make it off the waitlist this time, the next workshop will take place next quarter. Subscribe to the monthly Data Science Initiative newsletter for notifications.

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