Welcome to the R Bootcamp for PSU Psychology researchers. The goal of this two-day workshop is to provide a broad introduction to the use of the R programming language for social science research. Participants are not expected to have prior experience with R or another programming language. The scope and schedule of the course is provided here.


Michael Hallquist, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
michael.hallquist AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Rick O. Gilmore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
rogilmore AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Nilam Ram, Ph.D.
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
nilam PERIOD ram AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Student Coaches

Daniel Albohn
dna5021 AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Kayla Brown
kwb5191 AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Benjamin Johnson
bnj108 AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Alicia Vallorani
auv27 AT-SIGN psu PERIOD edu

Meeting times and location

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday, August 17, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
104 Keller Building
104 Rackley Building

Detailed schedule

About this course

R is one of the core languages in data science. It’s free and fun to use. Join us in learning how to use this tool to accelerate your research.

The course heavily emphasizes the use of the RStudio integrated development environment (IDE). You don’t have to use RStudio to use R, but we think that doing so makes R an even more powerful tool. Plus, RStudio has fully featured free versions, including some available entirely in your web browser.

What to bring

Note: If possible, please bring a laptop. Please make sure you complete the mandatory steps outlined here to ensure that your computer can connect to the Penn State wifi. If you want to run RStudio in a web browser, then follow these instructions. Or (or in addition) you may want to install R and RStudio. We will be walking through a number of demonstrations during the course and it may be useful to follow along on your own machine.

Course materials

Here is the GitHub repo where the course files are shared.

To download all course materials, you can clone the entire Github repository using the command git clone https://github.com/psu-psychology/r-bootcamp-2018.git. You can also use Github Desktop to clone the repository using a more user-friendly interface: https://desktop.github.com If Git is unfamiliar, you can obtain a zip archive of the current version of all files here: https://github.com/psu-psychology/r-bootcamp-2018/archive/master.zip


We thank the Department of Psychology, the Social, Life, & Engineering Sciences Imaging Center (SLEIC), and the Child Study Center’s Open Data and Developmental Science initiative for support.