Outreach Events


GOVT 301 Research Methods Open House

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Place: Social Science Research Methods Center

There will presentations from the SSRMC student staff, PPIR, SNaPP, and STAIR labs. Also, refreshments like coffee and donuts will be provided!

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SSRMC Open House

Date: Friday, September 9, 2016

Time: 2:00-5:00pm

Place: Social Science Research Methods Center


Reveley Visit

Date: Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

Time: 4:00pm

Place: Social Science Research Methods Center

On Tuesday, April 19th, the SSRMC welcomed President Reveley for a tour. The dedicated students of the SSRMC showed off all the hard work and research they have done over the year.


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GOVT 301 Class Visit

Date: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Time: 10:00-12:00pm

Place: Social Science Research Methods Center


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Marketing Research Skills to Potential Employers

Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

Time: 4:00-5:00pm

Place: The Career Center

Join the SSRMC at the Career Center an informational session on how to best advertise what you have learned while conducting undergraduate social science research to the professional world and how to navigate the research-oriented job search process effectively. We will also be Skyping in recent W&M graduates who can give you first-hand advice about using research in post-graduate life. 


Career Center Workshop on Marketing Research Experience

The Career Center put together a short presentation on marketing research experience on a resume and Linkedin page and in interviews. This prezi is by no means comprehensive, but it does provide a good synopsis of their advice for these topics. For more information, please see the Career Center’s website, where you can sign up for a mock interview and have your resume reviewed. 


SNaPP Lab Career Center Event

Date: Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Time: 4:00pm

Place: The Career Center

Please join us at the Cohen Career Center presentation room on April 1st at 4 p.m. to learn about the best ways to sell your social science research experience to potential employers. We will be covering elevator pitches, resumes, interview techniques, and more!  SNaPP Lab Alumni Gabe Manion and Meg Schwenzfeier will be Skyping in as well to answer questions about their experience using research skills in their respective positions as a federal consultant for Deloitte and as a data analyst for the Analyst Institute.
Email: jdborman@email.wm.edu for any questions.


Powerful feelings: Efficacy Beliefs and Political Action on Climate Change

Date: Monday, October 27th, 2014

Time: 12:30pm

Place: Social Science Research Methods Center

Neil Stenhouse, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University Along with other psychological motivations like shared identity and perceptions of injustice, feelings of efficacy have been found to be one of the major factors associated with participation in collective action. There are specific subtypes of efficacy belief, which can be more or less important in explaining different types of behavior. For climate change, which type of efficacy has the most powerful effect on behavior? For those who wish to encourage action, is it more important to convince people that they as individuals are capable of making a meaningful contribution to collective efforts? To convince them that collective efforts will convince politicians to act? Or that the actions politicians take will be effective in stopping climate change? The work Neil is presenting uses confirmatory factor analyses of cross-sectional survey data to test whether conceptual distinctions between different types of efficacy belief for climate change have a psychological reality – whether they each exist as distinct, measurable psychological entities, or whether response items can be better explained as caused by more general latent variables. Using structural equation modeling, he tests how strongly efficacy beliefs are related to self-reported measures of participation in collective action. This work provides an important first step in determining which efficacy beliefs are psychologically distinguishable and potentially influential for complex social problems like climate.