Applied Research &
Data Analysis Pro-seminar

This is the website for an 8-week pro-seminar for University of Pennsylvania students involved with Penn Leads the Vote to get hands on experience conducting applied research and analyzing data in the context of their ongoing PLTV activities.

This seminar was held Spring 2021.


We meet on Zoom once a week on Friday afternoons and communicate outside these meetings on Slack

Weekly Meetings

Fridays 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST
on Zoom

PLTV Slack

For communicating outside of weekly meetings

Github Repo

For accessing source code of all seminar materials


Week 1 - February 26

Introduction & Asking Questions

Week 2 - March 5


Week 3 - March 19

Survey design

Week 4 - March 26

Data wrangling and tidying

Week 5 - April 2

Data visualization

Week 6 - April 9

Quantitative analysis

Week 7 - April 16

Text analysis

Week 8 - April 23

Summary, Synthesis, & Interpretation


Learning objectives

By the end of this seminar, students will be able to:

  • Develop research questions related to their applied work
  • Identify ethical issues related to their research
  • Test research questions using observational and experimental methods
  • Design and implement surveys using Qualtrics
  • Execute and modify scripts to tidy, analyze, and visualize data in R
  • Summarize and interpret results

Code of conduct

The instructor is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate in this seminar. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the seminar at the discretion of the instructor.


It is my expectation that event participants will not engage in harassment of any kind, including:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Unwelcome or inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. The instructor is also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, they should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. We expect participants to follow these rules in all seminar-related activities.


If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the instructor retain the right to take any actions to keep the seminar a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, expulsion from the seminar and/or not being allowed to participate in future seminars. The instructor may take action to redress anything that disrupts the seminar or makes the environment hostile for any participants.

If you experience or witness any violations…

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of this seminar for everyone. We want you to be happy during this seminar. People who speak up make this seminar a better place. If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it to the instructor as soon as possible.

This Code of Conduct was adapted from the ABCD Workshop and Code of Conduct and



Dani Cosme

Postdoctoral Researcher