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  • 2016 ISSR Scholars with Facilitators Naomi Gerstel and Mary Fechner, and ISSR Director Laurel Smith-Doerr 
  • Nancy Kendall (U. Wisconsin/Madison) and Helen Schwartzman (Northwestern). October 9 2015: Meeting Ethnography 
  • Crowded house at ISSR's November 6 panel on Climate Change, Sustainability, and Social Science Research  
  • Interdisciplinary working group on Environment and Sustainability Research - January 20 2016  
  • Faculty perspectives on data management planning | January 28 2016 

Director's Welcome

Hello and welcome to the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. We approach that goal with a variety of programs that are designed to: 1) support the development of methodological skills and tools for social scientists, 2) advance the meaningful participation of social scientists in interdisciplinary collaboration, 3) assist in the development of proposals and administration of funded research projects, and 4) promote the visibility of cutting-edge social science research.

The Institute for Social Science Research is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, and we welcome participation of the faculty and graduate students across the departments and programs of SBS. Our mission includes serving social scientists across the other colleges of UMass-Amherst; we welcome interested faculty and graduate students, for example, in the College of Education, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Isenberg School of Management, College of Natural Sciences, College of Nursing, and  School of Public Health.  We also strive to support excellence in interdisciplinary collaboration, which means that natural and physical scientists and engineers are welcome to contact us about opportunities for collaboration with social scientists. We welcome participants from across the region and around the world in our summer workshops. We are interested in discussing and pursuing collaboration with other institutional partners, so please do not hesitate to contact us.  I thank you for your interest in the Institute for Social Science Research and hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Sincerely,

 

Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director

 

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.

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