Past Opportunities

LINKS Center Summer Workshop on Social Network Analysis, June 4-8, 2018

The LINKS Center for social network analysis at the University of Kentucky is offering its annual 1-week summer workshop on social network analysis again this June 4-8, 2018 on the University of Kentucky campus. Registration is now open and will be closing on May 15th. To sign up, visit  Students pay less than half-price.

The workshop features LINKS Center resident faculty Steve Borgatti, Dan Brass, Joe Ferrare, Eric Gladstone, Dan Halgin, Joe Labianca, Ajay Mehra, Andy Pilny and Scott Soltis, as well as guest instructors Filip Agneessens, Ron Burt, Alan Daly, Rich DeJordy, Jeff Johnson, David Krackhardt, Brea Perry, Scott Poole and Tom Valente. In addition, all of the sessions are assisted by a cadre of students and recent graduates in order to ensure that participants are able to obtain personalized attention. We encourage participants to bring their own data and work with our 30+ instructors and TAs to analyze the data.

The workshop features five major, concurrent tracks for the first four days, followed by four choices of area-specific sessions (communication, education, health, organizations) on the final day. At the end of each day, we also offer multiple 1.5 hour short modules on specialized topics, as well as a data lab for analyzing your own data. Finally, we offer a number of 45-minute 1-on-1 consultations with LINKS Center faculty to discuss your research. For more information, please visit the workshop website at

New summer offerings: INTR 204: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Summer session I (M-H), 12-20 – 2:10 with Dr. Dorothy Ibes
Summer session II, (M-T), 12-20 – 2:10 with Dr. Matt Gerike
This course will provide an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis will be on the hands-on application of GIS to create maps, organize and visualize spatial data, and query spatial data to answer environmental and social questions. Students will examine spatial data with an emphasis on data structures, acquisition, processing, management, and analysis. A spatial database will be queried to solve spatial problems, analyze related attributes, and produce computerized cartographic output. The coursework includes readings and hands-on computer lab exercises and a final project. Registration now open!

Opportunity for Underrepresented Students at University of Chicago

The University of Chicago is now accepting applications for our Discover UChicago program, an expenses-paid visit weekend to be held October 18th-20th, 2018 for candidates traditionally underrepresented in their fields. This program is intended for individuals planning to apply to graduate school in the fall of 2018 with the intention of matriculating in the fall of 2019. This exciting event combines workshops on applying to graduate school, individual meetings with faculty, and opportunities to connect with current UChicago students, as well as to explore our community and the city of Chicago.

Students interested in doctoral programs, as well as master’s programs in the majority of our schools and divisions, are encouraged to apply online by August 15, 2018. In particular, students from underrepresented backgrounds, first generation students, women in STEM fields, and undocumented students are invited to apply. A full list of participating programs, as well as application requirements and additional guidance, may be found at

We hope you will share the attached material with your students and colleagues and encourage them to Discover UChicago. Any questions may be directed to our office at


Duke Datafest

WMASA’s goal is to promote the field of Statistics and Data Science, and form a network of students from all majors interested in Statistics/Analytics/Data Science. Most importantly, we hope to introduce people to the many interdisciplinary career paths one can pursue in Statistics and Data Science. We host faculty panels, provide an internship list and prepare student seminars (such as seminars on data science/statistics study abroad opportunities and the graduate school application process). This semester we are hoping to get a team to go to Duke Datafest. 

If you are interested in going to Duke Datafest it is Friday, April 6 at 6pm – Sunday, April 8 at 5pm at Duke! Here is the link for more details: Even if you do not have much data analysis background, this could be a cool opportunity and experience! Please fill out this form if you are interested so we can think about how to divide up teams! 

Please fill out this form by Thursday March 29th, if you are interested in coming with us to Duke Datafest

ITPIR is Looking for Summer Interns

Looking for an internship or research assistantship? Apply to work with ITPIR! Interns and research assistants will develop valuable skills and connections while supporting ITPIR’s mission to apply scholarly research to real world problems.

Summer interns and research assistants are also eligible for free summer housing on campus and the option to participate in workshops, field trips, and the chance to compete for up to $20,000 in funding for international, policy-relevant project ideas.

We’ve put together a list of all ITPIR intern and research assistant positions here. Deadline to apply for a few of the positions is quickly approaching (first deadline is tomorrow, March 16)!

Questions about ITPIR student opportunities? Contact David Trichler at


GIS and Redistricting Fall 2018

The Government Department is offering the GIS and Redistricting course again Fall 2018, and is looking for students who would be interested in taking the course. The class is a one credit course taught with the Law School and meets on Wednesday evenings from 6-8 from Sept 26 – Oct 31.  The class is made up of 12 law students and 4 undergrads. 1-2 of the undergrad seats have already been filled, so they only have 2-3 open seats for any students who may be interested. Any interested student should have already taken an Intro to GIS course prior to this as they will be the GIS lead for their redistricting team.  A course description is listed below. If you are interested please email Professor Robert Rose for further information.

CRN:16775 — Leg Redistrict w/Geo Info Sys — With the 2020 Census on the near horizon, significant attention will be placed on redistricting in the coming years. Inherent in any redistricting plan is a recognition of the spatial configuration of voting districts and the processes driving proposed voting district maps. Federal and state constitutions and statues impose legal requirements for voting districts that in practice are often manipulated to favor drawing lines that protect partisan/incumbent interests. This one credit course will combine an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a focus on the legal analysis of redistricting plans. Students will learn basic GIS skills and tools designed to develop compliant maps. This will include working with district boundary maps, census information and other socioeconomic layers in an integrated GIS platform to understand and quantify the impacts realized when voting districts are redrawn. The course will focus on the 2017 Supreme Court case Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections decision as a frame to better understand the laws governing redistricting efforts. After learning the legal parameters of the redistricting process, students will work in teams to develop and present a redistricting plan for the 12 state legislative districts identified as problematic in Bethune-Hill. In the process of coming up with ways to improve compliance with state and federal statutory and constitutional mandates, this course will uniquely prepare students to play a substantive part in the 2020 round.


INTR 204/ENSP249 Intro to GIS Pre-registration Survey for Fall 2018

The Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) will be offering five sections of INTR204/ENSP249 – Introduction to GIS course during the Fall 2018 semester.  This course will provide an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with an emphasis on the hands-on application of GIS to create maps, organize and visualize spatial data, and query spatial data to create answers for environmental and social questions. Students will examine spatial data with an emphasis on data structures, acquisition, processing, management, and analysis. A spatial database will be queried to solve spatial problems, analyze related attributes, and produce computerized cartographic output.

Due to high demand for this course, the CGA has implemented a brief pre-registration application process necessary for each student to complete prior to registering for the course.  If you are interested in taking the course or know someone else who may be interested you need to fill out the survey prior to registering.  Pre-registration surveys must be completed by the end of the day on March 21st.  The survey can be found in the link at the bottom of the following page:


Center for Geospatial Analysis GIS Bootcamp 

The Center for Geospatial Analysis will be hosting an intensive short course in spatial analysis from March 5 to March 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. March 5, 6, and 7 will be instructional days. March 8 and 9 will be optional project days. The bootcamp will combine lecture and hands-on exercises designed to teach you the basics of a GIS, introduce popular programs designed to work with spatial data, and get you started on using spatial analysis in your own research. The instructional days will show you how to create, edit, and transform spatial data; conduct spatial analysis; create digital maps and other spatial products; and develop advanced GIS projects. During project days, you will have the option to work on your own research with guidance from CGA staff. This event is open to all W&M faculty, staff, and students. No experience in GIS is necessary. Register here, and send any questions to Robert Rose (

Summer Internship with Lake Research Partners, Deadline March 7th, 2018.

Lake Research Partners is a national public opinion and political strategy research firm. Its researchers and strategists serve as tacticians and senior advisers to dozens of incumbents and challengers at all levels of the electoral process, as well as to a wide range of advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations, and foundations. The firm, headed by 4 partners, is broken into four teams of analysts, all focusing on different progressive subject areas and political candidates. Interns are assigned to the team that most closely aligns with their personal interests. Interns work on four main assignments: text and number proofing memos and reports, helping the field director run focus groups, conducting research, and administrative tasks. Applicants should be detail-oriented, proficient in Microsoft Office, strong writers, independent workers, and interested in public opinion research and progressive politics. To apply, email your resume to Sahil Mehrortra ( by March 7, 2018.

Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Fellows Webinar on February 23, 10am & Application Deadline on March 1st

Join the Stanford Graduate School of Business Research Fellows Program for a live webinar on February 23 at 10 a.m. PST (1 pm EST) to learn more about the program. The Research Fellows Program is a two year, pre-doctoral program that offers research and academic training for those interested in pursuing PhD Programs in business and related fields. Fellows have the opportunity to do research with GSB Faculty mentors, take doctoral level courses, and fully engage in the intellectual life at the GSB. They are also provided with a fellowship that includes a living stipend and tuition. The program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2018, with the March 1 application deadline rapidly approaching. Applicants must hold a four year bachelor’s degree, and be a U.S. citizen or U.S. registered permanent resident. During the webinar you will have an opportunity to ask admissions staff and current research fellows questions. Please see the GSB admission events calendar to learn more and to RSVP.