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September 4, 2019

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce its 2019-20120 Scholars, who represent four colleges and six departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus.

ISSR Scholars participate in a year-long seminar that helps each of them develop a strong research grant proposal. In addition to attending in-depth sessions on grant writing and receiving valuable peer feedback on their proposals, ISSR Scholars are given unique opportunities to consult with nationally recognized experts about their proposals.
 
The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. One of our most important goals, served by the Scholars Program, is to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulate high-quality scholarship. 


Meet our 2019-2020 Scholars:

Professor Elizabeth Evans, ISSR Scholar and Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Sciences
July 28, 2019

ISSR is proud to congratulate Elizabeth Evans, ISSR Scholar and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, on the $10.2 million center grant awarded for the proposal she developed in her 2018 ISSR Scholars year in support of vital research on opioid treatment with incarcerated populations in Massachusetts. The ISSR Scholars Program is a proven investment in the  research and career development of promising UMass faculty, providing strategic grantsmanship mentoring and support to a growing cohort of social scientists across the UMass colleges and disciplines. 

 

UMass Advance Collaborative Research Seed Grants presentation by Laurel Smith-Doerr, Jen Normaly and Julie Woods, May 22 2019.
June 6, 2019

On May 22, 2019, the UMass ADVANCE Program held an Information workshop on the new Collaborative Research Seed Grant program which seeks to foster the development of innovative and equitable collaborative research projects among UMass Amherst faculty. Funded seed grants at UMass will contribute to the mission of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, which is advancing women faculty, including women faculty of color, in science and engineering.

The seed grant application deadline is September 17, 2019.

Information on the Collaborative Research Seed Grant RFP and the proposal requirements are available for download here and on the UMass ADVANCE website.

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May 23, 2019

We make social science but not out of conditions of our own choosing. While social institutions are a large part of the content of the social worlds that we investigate, our means of investigation are also affected by those very institutions. As social scientists we are thus always at risk of using some concept or idea or theory or instrument that may be ‘doing work’ that we might not first recognize. In other words, we may be unknowing carriers of political forces, intellectual pathologies, or be doing the bidding of some social forces we have inherited from the past. This article summarizes the discussion of how historical legacies that shape scientific research in ISSR's final panel on its 2019 seminar series on Social Science & Social Location.

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May 14, 2019

The Institute for Social Science Research and the School of Earth and Sustainability, in partnership with the Institute for Diversity Sciences at UMass, are pleased to announce the winners of this year's Social Science and Environment Seed Grant competition. These SSEN Seed Grant awards totaling $40,000 in new investments will stimulate new scholarly collaborations for innovative research centered on sustainability themes in the social sciences. The winning grants link scholars across three colleges at UMass, and exemplify the SSEN commitment to spanning disciplinary boundaries to open new ways of conceptualizing and studying the defining issues of our times. Please join us in celebrating these important initiatives.

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May 9, 2019

Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, has been appointed Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) in the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), for a three-year term effective September 1, 2019. Misra succeeds Laurel Smith-Doerr, who has served as Director of ISSR since 2012, building it into a vibrant center for promoting excellence in social science research. Join us in congratulating them for their leadership and service to excellence in the social sciences across UMass.

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