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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 -

Laurel Smith-Doerr, past ISSR Director
October 23, 2019
While government employment is commonly believed to be controlled by neutral, formal pay structures, new research from a team of researchers led by University of Massachusetts Amherst sociologist Laurel Smith-Doerr has found that in a number of science-based federal agencies, gaps and differential implementation in current standardization schemes create gendered outcomes. The research, published in the American Journal of Sociology, indicates that the resulting pay gaps between men and women at these agencies can also be associated with the cultural gender frames of the agencies’ field of research.
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October 9, 2019

Join the ISSR Team! ISSR is looking for a tech-savvy student to work for 10 hours per week, providing IT support for staff and workshops, maintaining and updating software licenses, and assisting with website maintenance.


Run regular updates, including virus and other software updates as needed, to Windows and methodological software on 12 lab laptops; update software licenses annually or as new versions become available; provide IT support for ISSR academic year and summer program workshops and academic year seminars, including assistance with wifi access and use of external monitors; troubleshoot minor hardware and software issues and communicate with external IT services about software and hardware problems as necessary; occasional update and IT troubleshooting support for ISSR staff computers. NOTE: Knowledge of the specific methodological software packages that ISSR uses is not required.