Hello, there! My name is Claire Witherel and I’m a new Intern at the Weigle Information Commons. I’m currently a PhD student at Drexel University studying Biomedical Engineering with research focused in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. As a professional student (I mean, I’ve been in college for almost 10 years now!), I know how frustrating it can be to know the right tool to use for your homework, research, or work, but the learning curve will just take too much time to get the job done. This is where I can help. I absolutely love to assist students in finding useful research tools that make their work shine and guide them through the nitty gritty parts of mastering a new tool.
One piece of software that I have found to be a tremendous asset in my own data-heavy research, has been GraphPad Prism 6.
This program is essentially the lovechild of Excel and SPSS. Using this software, you’re able to input data in a similar fashion as you would in Excel, but Prisim automatically creates beautiful graphs (line, column, bar, pie, etc.) and enables you to perform sophisticated statistical analysis with the click of a button, and all in one place. If your background in statistics is rusty like mine, GraphPad provides a tremendous amount of easy-to-understand statistical guidance documents for free online. In addition to Prism, I have expertise in other programs including image analysis software, called Image J/Fiji, often used in STEM fields to analyze microscopy images, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and creating schematics in PowerPoint. I also plan to learn another powerful data analysis software called R, which is an open-sourced statistical and graphical computing tool.
Request an appointment with me on Wednesdays from 1pm – 4pm in the Weigle Information Commons to learn more about GraphPad Prism 6 or any other software I have experience with.