Past Opportunities

International GIS DAY Mapathon at the Center for Geospatial Analysis, November 15th, 5:30-7:30 PM

If learning how to create maps, supporting a global cause to combat HIV/AIDS, and/or eating free pizza sound intriguing, come out to the International GIS Day Mapathon at the Center for Geospatial Analysis (second floor of Swem Library) on Wednesday, November 15th from 5:30 – 7:30 PM.  No mapping experience necessary–there will be expert mappers on site to help teach all the skills you need. The event is sponsored by the US State Department’s MapGive Program and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to support data-driven initiatives combating HIV/AIDS. Event attendees will create maps in a PEPFAR region on OpenStreetMap to be used by local health workers to find health clinics and connect patients with resources. Check out the Facebook page for the event here.

University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology

If you’re looking for a post-graduate opportunity in the social sciences, check out the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research’s Program in Survey Methodology. MPSM combines aspects of psychology, sociology, statistics, and information and data science to provide training in topics relevant to the understanding of human populations. The program offers PhD and MS degrees through the University of Michigan. The program’s home is the Institute for Social Research, the world’s largest academically-based social science research institute.

R Studio Webinar, November 1st, 11 AM EDT


If you would like to learn how to teach students to use the statistical package R, check out this webinar. Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, a data scientist and professor at Duke University, will be going over best practices for teaching data acquisition and wrangling, exploratory data analysis, data visualization, and effective communication and approaching statistics from a model-based, instead of an inference-based, perspective. For more information and to register, check out the event here. Space is limited to the first 1,000 people who sign up.

NSF Funding Supports Undergraduate Research, Deadline December 31st, 2017

The Society for Political Methodology has secured funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support undergraduate empirical research in any and all fields which connects to political questions.  Initial winners for the 2018 year will be selected on or before December 31st, 2017.  The application process is simple. Materials should be sent as soon as possible, as winners will be selected on a rolling basis so that they may take advantage of resources we offer at their earliest opportunity.

We seek to support students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds.  All interested students are encouraged to apply, but we especially welcome applications from students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, the social sciences and humanities.  We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities and other under-represented groups.

Interested students should contact Professor Brian M Pollins at
as soon as possible.  Necessary application materials include:

1) A 1-2 page letter of support from your main project advisor giving a short description of the project and stating her/his willingness to guide you to project completion no later than June, 2018.

2) A short description of the project from you (2-5 pages) in which we can see the contribution to empirical political science.

3) Your undergraduate transcript (an unofficial, electronic transcript is sufficient.)

Students selected as 2018 Fellows will receive (approx.) $3,000 in research support which includes travel to the Annual Meetings of the Society for Political Methodology where they will present their findings in a joint Poster Session and receive constructive feedback.  Mentorship from Society member(s) to Fellows may also be available if requested.

Do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.

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

The Center for Geospatial Analysis (CGA) will be offering four sections of INTR204/ENSP249 – Introduction to GIS course during the Spring 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.  The survey can be found in the link at the bottom of the following page:

Part-Time Editorial Intern, International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter, a monthly subscription print and online journal covering the latest developments in the field of international enforcement law, is seeking a part-time editorial intern to join its editorial staff for Fall 2017. The internship will involve roughly 7-15 hours of work/week, and can be conducted remotely. Every week, the intern will work with the IELR’s assistant editor to author 2-3 posts for the blog which reports on and analyzes topics such as money laundering, transnational corruption, transnational organized crime, and international human rights law. If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial academic transcript, and short writing sample (up to 1000 words) to the IELR’s assistant editor, Zarine Kharazian, at

TargetSmart is Looking for a New Research & Analytics Team Member

Are you a recent grad with research skills and a history of working with data software like Excel, SPSS, STATA, R, and Python? If so, consider applying for the Data Reporting Specialist position with the Research and Analytics team at TargetSmart. The Data Reporting Specialist works with polling data to produce polling reports that drive Targetsmart’s clients’ campaigns and outreach efforts. This position is located in Washington, DC. More information about the job and application is here.

From Political Polarization to Understanding: An Opportunity for Dialogue

Monday October 2nd, 4:30-6pm in Blow 201

Professor Settle will begin by sharing her expertise and data about political polarization. Participants will then take part in facilitated conversations in small groups. Our goal is to give the W&M community an opportunity to talk with, listen to, and learn from one another, from people whose life experiences and perspectives are different from our own. Dinner provided, RSVP required (up to 70 attendees) This event is sponsored by The Division of Student Affairs and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

SNaPP Lab Seeking Research Assistant Applications, Deadline 9/3/17

Are you interested in political behavior, the study of why people think, act, and feel the way they do about politics? Would you like to be involved in collaborative research with other students, working directly with a professor? Applications to become a research assistant in the Social Networks and Political Psychology (SNaPP) Lab are now being accepted.

For more information on the SNaPP Lab, please visit our website: Information about applying can be found at . Applications should be submitted through the Tribe Careers site ( Search for “SNaPP Lab Research Assistant,” position # 26802

The deadline to apply is Sunday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Professor Jaime Settle at with any questions.

Symposium on Human Development & Data Science (Board of Visitors Room, Blow Hall)

On April 24th, 26th and 27th, each day from 4:00 to 5:30 PM the COLL150 course Human Development & Data Science will present the results from their semester long investigation into the dimensions of global human development. Over the course of the semester each freshman student has researched a single human development topic and coupled it with an appropriate data science method. This first Symposium on Human Development & Data Science will give each student an opportunity to present their work individually, as well as within the context of their group. The format will permit approximately 30 minutes for each presentation and 10 minutes for questions and answers. All are welcome to attend and participate.