April 3, 2020

This week, the Center for Employment Equity released a new report entitled The COVID-19 Recession: An Opportunity to Reform our Low-Wage Economy?A shorter, public briefing paper on the same topic appears in The Conversation under the title How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk .


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April 1, 2020

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Timely or COVID-19-Related Social Science Research
Application Deadline: May 21st, 2020 (2 PM EST)

The Russell Sage Foundation was established in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” It dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences in order to better understand societal problems and develop informed responses.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RSF is accepting letters of inquiry that satisfy the following criteria: a) the research is so timely and time-sensitive that the project must start before April 1, 2021; or, b) the research analyzes social, political, economic, or psychological disruptions resulting from the coronavirus crisis that affect social and living conditions in the United States.

March 16, 2020

In response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in keeping with the decision to transition to remote course delivery at the UMass Amherst campus , we are writing to share some of our ongoing efforts to promote excellence in the social sciences during this period.

The work of social scientists across the disciplines is vital in any context, and can be a critical resource in this challenging moment. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or suggestions on how we can best serve you.  In addition, we recommend review of the guidance on research in the context of COVID-19 provided by the UMass Amherst Office of Research and Engagement.

ISSR Methodology Workshops

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February 12, 2020

Applications are now open for the Spring 2020 cycle of the Graduate School Grant Programs!

The Graduate School will award more than $100,000 in 2019-20 to current UMass doctoral students to support dissertation research across all fields.

Three types of competitive awards are available:

  • Dissertation Research Grants
  • Fieldwork Grants
  • Predissertation Grants.

New for 2019-20! Supplements for Travel with Children

Applicants may submit a Supplement for Travel with Children request with their Predissertation, Fieldwork, or Research Grant application. Supplements of up to $500 are intended to cover expenses incurred by the grantee while traveling with children under the age of six during activities funded by a Graduate School Grant. 

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January 30, 2020
Do you want to deepen your understanding of the statistics behind the methods you use in your research?  So do we! We invite to join our Statistics in the Social Sciences Reading Group (SSSRG). This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, post-doctoral scholars and graduate students who gather to discuss a methodological topic based on group interest. We welcome participants from all disciplines! 
We invite you to join us! In Spring 2019, meetings will take place twice per month on Mondays from 12:15-1:15 in Machmer E23 unless otherwise noted.  Meeetings will be on the following dates: 2/3, 2/18 (UMass Monday), 3/2, 3/23, 4/6, and 4/20.
Our first meeting this spring will be an open discussion of thorny statistical problems you have encountered in your research. Please bring your unsolved problems!
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January 14, 2020

This announces the launch of the 2020 Kauffman Knowledge Challenge RFP -