Online ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Introduction to R: Data Management | Hsin Fei Tu

Monday, June 15, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Monday, June 15, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

This workshop will be offered online


In this 2-day (6-hour) workshop, participants will be introduced to the environment of RStudio, and data management concepts and techniques using the R programming language. No previous experience with R is required.

The goal is to equip participants with R programming skills that will support their research. Sample data and worksheets will be provided. We will focus on getting familiar with RStudio in the morning, and move to data management skills in the afternoon. By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to perform basic data management and generate histograms and scatterplots in R. If participants have specific questions about using R for their own research projects following the workshop, they are encouraged to make appointments for individual consultations.

The following topics will be covered in the workshop;

  • Introduction to the RStudio environment
  • Reading and importing data from various sources, including Stata, csv, Excel, and SPSS.
  • Creating tables of descriptive statistics.
  • Data Management: selecting and reshaping data, merging datasets, and creating new variables
  • Generating bivariate graphs, including histograms and scatter plots

Instructor: Hsin Fei Tu

Hsin Fei Tu is a Methodology Consultant at ISSR and a PhD student in Sociology at UMass Amherst. She holds Masters degrees in Sociology and National development. She has taught a number of workshops on quantitative research methods, R, and social network analysis. Her research interests are inequality, research methodology, and social network analysis.

Questions? For more information about this or any of the&ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Research Methods Programs, Jessica Pearlman (


  • Five College Students and Faculty

    • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $75/person
    • Five College Faculty and Staff:  $125/person

    Non-Five College Students and Faculty

    • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students:  $150/person
    • Non-Five College Faculty, Staff and Other Professional:  $200/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Please note: payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops.You will receive an email confirming the names of workshops for which your registration has been accepted. If a workshop you have registered for is over-subscribed, you will be refunded and offered placement on a wait-list. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice.  We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.