Spring 2016 Dissertation Research Grants Available from the Graduate School

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The Graduate School is delighted to invite applications for its Spring 2016 Dissertation Research Grant Competition.  Approximately 30 awards for a maximum of $1,000 each are available to support dissertation research by UMass doctoral students. Funds may be used on a wide range of activities, including travel, field work, equipment purchase, transcription, etc. For more information, check out ISSR's Resources for Graduate Students, or the Graduate School's Dissertation Research Grants website.

ISSR Spring 2016 Seminars and Workshops Now Open for Registration!

Check out ISSR's new spring lineup of seminars and workshops, organized in collaboration with a host of peers and addressing a wide range of issues, questions and resources to advance social science research across the disciplines.

Spring 2016 Seminars:

From Black Lives Matter to the big data revolution--speakers, panels and dialogues to explore and extend the boundaries of social science research

ICPSR Webinar: Spatial Analysis with China Geo-Explorer - Feb 1 2016

This workshop will provide an introduction to China Geo-Explorer (CGE), which offers a web-based spatial data service that provides easy access to a rich collection of unique, authoritative, and comprehensive information from government statistics, population and economic censuses, and many other data sources with more than 6,500 variables and 7 million business records.  Presented by Shuming Bao, this webinar will cover: 

January 31 Funding Opportunity: Labor Resource and Action Network New Scholars Research Grants

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The Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) brings together workers’ rights advocates, academics, and students with the shared goal of building workplace and economic power for workers in the United States.  One of the organization’s key objectives is to help develop the next generation of labor scholars while also linking these scholars to labor activists.

Questioning Black Colleges: Melissa Wooten, Chair of ISSR Steering Committee for Undergraduate Research Methods Certificate

Melissa Wooten, Department of Sociology, UMass Amherst

Black colleges are doing great things for their students, so why does a negative view persist? In a recent interview for The Academic MinuteMelissa Wooten, Chair of ISSR's Steering Committee on developing an Undergraduate Research Methods Certificate at UMass Amherst, explores this question.

This Wednesday, December 16: Research Seminar by Barbara Resnick, PhD: Understanding Treatement Fidelity and Using it to Optimize your Research

Professor Resnick is the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland and the President-Elect of the Gerontological Society of America, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of Geriatric Nursing. Her seminar will be held in Skinner Hall, Room 213, and is free and open to the public. During her visit to UMass, Dr. Resnick will be collaborating with ISSR Scholar RachelWalker  Klimmek (College of Nursing). 

Wednesday, December 16 2015 | 11:00 am | Skinner Hall, room 213 | UMass-Amherst |  

Announcement and Call for Proposals - Methods Symposium 2016: New Approaches in Queer, Postcolonial, and Black Studies

ISSR is pleased to support the English Department at UMass-Amherst's “Methods Symposium 2016” - to be held Friday, March 11, from 9:30am to 5:30pm. This symposium invites graduate students from across the humanities and social sciences whose work makes methodological interventions in queer, postcolonial, and/or black studies to join prominent scholars in a daylong discussion of the question, “What methods; why now?”