Virtual Workshop: Passion-Driven Statistics

Virtual Workshop: Passion-Driven Statistics

Virtual Workshop: Passion-Driven Statistics

Date and Time

  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Workshop Schedule:

9 – 12:00 p.m. (PST) 1st Session

12 – 1 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 – 4:00 PM (PST) 2nd Session

Passion-Driven Statistics is a project-based, introductory curriculum that that supports students in conducting data-driven research, asking original questions, and communicating methods and results using the language of statistics. The model has been implemented as a statistics course, a research methods course, a data science course, a capstone experience, and a summer research boot camp with students from a wide variety of academic settings. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the curriculum engages students in authentic projects with large, real-world data sets from the very first day!

This 1-day workshop will support instructors in planning an authentic, data-driven curriculum that engages students at many different levels, including complete beginners. The Workshop will include a brief presentation focused on the nuts and bolts of the passion-driven statistics model ( followed by practical experience with the steps that allow students to engage in independent research. Each participant’s experience in the workshop will be individualized to her/his/their own interests, background and needs. Early career participants are especially encouraged to apply. If you are proficient in a specific statistical software platform and have it available on your laptop, you are welcome to use it for the workshop session. For those interested in starting to learn a code-based software platform, we will support you in using SAS in the cloud (free to all and requiring nothing to be downloaded onto your laptop). 

Register to secure a spot and receive a pre-workshop survey. $300 stipends are available for those that attend the full workshop session.  

Feel free to download the Passion-Driven Statistics e-book for more information about the model!

Facilitated by: Lisa Dierker is a Professor of Psychology at Wesleyan University with training in chronic disease epidemiology. With expertise in the application of innovative statistical methods, she has spent her career developing collaborative relationships with leading experts across multiple disciplines (e.g. public health, statistics, medicine, engineering, pharmacology and neuroscience). She has also shown an extremely strong commitment to teaching undergraduate courses in the areas of statistics and research methods, and with funding from the National Science Foundation, has spent the last three years developing an original project-based curriculum specifically aimed at increasing the number of students exposed to applied statistics.

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