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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  

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.



Laurel Smith-Doerr, Director


Webinar: Understanding and Using the Head Start CARES Data | 12/17/15

Understanding and Using the Head Start CARES Data

Join us for a webinar on Dec 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM EST. The Head Start CARES (Classroom-based Approaches and Resources for Emotion and Social skill promotion) demonstration tests three distinct approaches to enhancing children's social-emotional development on a large scale within the Head Start system - the largest federally funded early-childhood education program in the US. This 90-minute webinar will introduce the Head Start CARES Demonstration data archive and impact analysis model, and review the data organization and instruments available for the  project.

Webinar: China Data Center at University of Michigan | 12/3/15

Orientation to the China Data Center at the University of Michigan

Join us for a webinar on Dec 03, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST. The China Data Center at the University of Michigan is an international Center designed to advance the study and understanding of China. A primary goal of the Center is the integration of historical, social and natural science data in a geographic information system, where spatial and temporal references are maintained through a relational database. 

Seeking Methodology Consultant for ISSR, Spring 2016

Puzzle piece bridge the gap

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is seeking applications for an advanced graduate student to join our staff of graduate consultants for our Research Consulting service for the spring semester of 2016, 5 hours per week with with flexible scheduling. International students, women, students of color and students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

UMass Amherst Spring 2016 Course of Interest: Survey Research Methods

POLISCI  797SR - 01  Survey Research Methods
Wednesdays 4:00-6:30 pm
Description: This course will focus on advanced topics in survey design and analysis. Topics covered include different approaches to sampling, how to construct and use survey weights, and tools for analyzing and enriching survey data, including approaches to conducting matching and multiple imputation, as well as the construction and analysis of panel data. The course will also focus on designing and analyzing survey experiments.

Announcing Winners of Fall 2015 CRF Student Travel Awards

The Center for Research on Families is proud to announce the winners for this fall’s Student Travel Award. CRF has given a $300 Travel Award to Sarah Reedy, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology, and a $300 Travel Award to PhD student Amy Newberg of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Read more here about their research and the CRF Travel Awards.

Call for Submissions: Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology

The Rachel Tanur Memorial Prize for Visual Sociology recognizes students in the social sciences who incorporate visual analysis in their work.  The contest is open worldwide to undergraduate and graduate students (majoring in any social science).   It is named for Rachel Dorothy Tanur (1958-2002), an urban planner and lawyer who cared deeply about people and their lives and was an acute observer of living conditions and human relationships.