DataLab is excited to announce the launch of our new Data Visualization Pathway! Through our partnership with the UC Davis GradPathways Institute’s micro-credential program, DataLab has developed several data science pathways for our research community to discover and grow their skills and gain a competitive edge in today’s data-driven workplace environments. The GradPathways micro-credential program allows UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to track and showcase skills learned outside the traditional curriculum by earning digital badges that document and certify their learning journey. 

The Data Visualization Pathway focuses on core perception and design principles for creating reproducible static, dynamic, and immersive research visualizations. Badges are earned by participating in workshops and completing associated assessment activities. The pathway can be completed in a one-quarter burst, so even if you’re nearing the end of your graduate program at Davis, you are able to enroll and finish by June!

DataLab also supports the existing Research Computing pathway, which focuses on core programming technologies and skills, and the Text Mining and Natural Language Processing pathway, which focuses on tokenizing, text classification, topic modeling, and more.

Future DataLab-supported pathways under development include:

  • Reproducible Research (from tidy data practices and metadata creation to version control, leveraging cloud project management systems, and data justice)
  • and Geospatial Data (from coordinate reference systems to cartographic data visualization and spatial analysis).

Learn more about the GradPathways micro-credential program, sign up for the Data Visualization pathway, and discover additional pathways here.

For questions about the DataLab supported pathways, contact us at