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Using undergraduate students to provide data services

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Julia Bauder
Grinnell College

Since 2010, the Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL, pronounced “dazzle”) at Grinnell College has employed peer mentors to provide certain data services to students and faculty. These peer mentors--undergraduate students with backgrounds in statistics, economics, geographic analysis, computer science, and/or qualitative analysis—provide services including drop-in assistance to students working on data-driven projects in economics, GIS, psychology, and other social science disciplines; preparing data visualizations and data-driven exercises for faculty to use in their courses and datasets for them to use in their research; and providing hands-on assistance during in-class labs that involve data. The poster will cover the who, what, where, when, and why of using this model to provide data services at Grinnell, and also discuss how this experiment has worked out for us.

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