Past Opportunities

Past Opportunities

Student Abstracts for Harkness Award

Current students and 2015 graduates are invited to submit an abstract of a paper for the Janet A. Harkness Award.  The paper must be related to a multinational, multicultural or multilingual topic.  The award is $750 and travel expenses to present the paper next May in Austin, TX. For more information contact Brad Edwards ( or visit  Submit the abstract by November 13!

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SNaPP Lab Seeking Research Assistant Applications, Deadline 8/21/15

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 #17810.

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 21st at 5:00 p.m. Please contact Professor Jaime Settle at with any questions.

University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology

MPSM is a program where students learn the science of surveys. Our students pursue their Master’s or PhD degree. MPSM brings together faculty and scientists from the social and behavioral sciences in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts; the School or Public Health; and the institute for Social Research. Moreover, the quantitative strengths of disciplines such as communication studies, economics, education, political science, psychology, sociology, and statistics are integral to the empirical underpinnings of the program.

The deadline to apply is January 1,2016.

For more information, click here.

Data Matters: Data Science Short Course Series (June 22-26)

Data Matters: Data Science Short Course Series (June 22-26)

Sponsored by the National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, the “Data Matters: Data Science Short Course Series” is a week-long series of classes for researchers, data analysts, and other professionals who wish to increase their skills in data studies and integrate data science methods into their research designs and skill sets. Scholars, analysts, and researchers from all disciplines and industries are welcome. Both one- and two-day courses will be offered; participants are welcome to register for one, two, or three classes. Classes will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Data Matters series is structured in three blocks: June 22-23, June 24, and June 25-26. Three to four courses are offered concurrently in each block. You will be able to choose only one course from each block. Courses are independent of each other; there is no predetermined sequence.

For course descriptions and fees, please go to

June 22-26

Friday Center for Continuing Education

100 Friday Center Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

June 22-23

Introduction to Data Science with Thomas Carsey

Introduction to Information Visualization with Angela Zoss

Introduction to R with Chris Bail

Data Curation: Managing Data throughout the Research Lifecycle with Jonathan Crabtree, Thu-Mai Christian, and Sophia Lafferty-Hess

June 24

Internet of Things (IoT) Data: Introduction to IoT Data Creation and Use with Russ Gyurek

Health Informatics: Big Data in Health and Medicine with Mark Braunstein

Collecting, Classifying, and Analyzing Textual Data with Chris Bail

Open(ing) Data: Considerations in Data Sharing and Reuse with Jonathan Crabtree, Thu-Mai Christian, and Sophia Lafferty-Hess

June 25-26

Introduction to Data Mining and Machine Learning with Ashok Krishnamurthy

System Dynamics and Agent-based Modeling with Todd BenDor

Social Network Analysis: Description and Inference with Bruce Desmarais

If you have questions, please contact

ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is pleased to announce the 2015 Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research. In 2015, the ICPSR Summer Program will offer 90 courses on a variety of topics in statistical methods, quantitative reasoning, data analysis, research design, and substantive topics.

As many subscribers to this listserv know, the Summer Program offers two four-week sessions that take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan on the University of Michigan campus. Workshops and lectures in our four-week sessions meet for one to two hours daily, Monday through Friday. Our four-week sessions provide a unique opportunity to connect with participants from all over the world.

First Four-Week Session: June 22 – July 17, 2015. View the Schedule (

Second Four-Week Session: July 20 – August 14, 2015. View the Schedule (

Additionally, from May through August, the Summer Program will offer fifty (50) three- to five-day workshops that will take place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as Amherst, Massachusetts; Berkeley, California; Boulder, Colorado; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Manhattan, New York; and Montreal, Quebec. Our 2015 lineup of three- to five-day workshops includes many popular, returning courses in network analysis, multilevel modeling, and Bayesian analysis, as well as several new short workshops.

View the full three- to five-day workshop schedule (

Several noteworthy features of the 2015 Program include:

* A 15% discount on registration fees for returning Summer Program participants

* A 15% discount on total registration fees for participants who register for two or more fee-carrying three- to five-day workshops

* Several new statistical three- to five-day workshops, including Methodological Issues in the Study of Biopolitics; Regression Discontinuity Designs; Designing and Conducting Experiments in the Laboratory; Survival Analysis, Event History Modeling, and Duration Analysis; Nonparametric and Semiparametric Methods and Applications; Text Analytics; Advanced Data Analytics: Statistical Learning and Latent Variables; and Qualitative Research Methods

The full list of 2015 courses is provided below. We are still adding additional short workshops on substantive topics, so we encourage you to check the full online schedule ( in the coming weeks.

You can now register for all 2015 courses through our online Portal ( .

First Four-Week Session: June 22 – July 17, 2015



Second Four-Week Session: July 20 – August 14, 2015 Workshops


4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods

The 4th Annual IPSA-NUS Summer School for Social Science Research Methods will be held at the National University of Singapore, June 9-18, 2015.

This year’s Methods School offers thirteen quantitative, qualitative, and formal methods courses, such as Bayesian Analysis, Case Study Analysis, Experimental Methods, Game Theory, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Mixed Methods, QCA, and Quantitative Text Analysis. All courses are taught by highly experienced international faculty from the U.S. and Europe and provide participants with rigorous, hands-on training in state-of-the-art research methods.

For more information on the various Methods School courses and instructors, financial aid, early registration discounts, and more, visit our website ( or contact us at

VCU Political Science Research Conference

VCU Political Science is seeking papers and proposals for its upcoming research conference on April 11, 2014.

Undergraduate and junior graduate students are invited to submit proposals to present completed research papers/projects, research-in-progress, or roundtable discussions on any topic related to the general fields of government, international, and public affairs. Students from colleges and universities in and around Virginia as well as overseas colleagues are invited to submit proposals as well. We invite faculty and experts from VCU and other institutions to chair and serve as discussants; each presenter will have 10-15 minutes to speak. The VCU Political Science program offers concentrated study in American Government, Public Policy, International Relations, Comparative Government and Politics, Political Theory and Research Methods, with strong connections to Sociology, Economics, and History, allowing for a wide array of possible paper proposals.

This is your chance to share your interests with faculty and other students, to gain experience presenting your work in a professional conference environment, and to receive useful and constructive feedback on your research.

Proposals should contain your name and e-mail address, your school and your major, the title of your proposed presentation, and a single paragraph describing your work. The deadline for submissions is Midnight, Friday, March 21, 2014. Please e-mail your submissions to . Those selected to participate will be notified on a rolling basis by e-mail and all replies by no later than Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The one-day conference will also include additional panels on internships and careers in government and foreign affairs, a panel with information on graduate schools, and a buffet lunch served for all presenters and panelists in the afternoon.

There is no fee for participation in the conference. If you have questions, please contact conference director, Professor Chris Saladino at

2015 DC Summer Session

In DC for the summer? Interested in taking W&M classes? Sign up for one of the two 2015 DC Summer Session classes. Classes take place at W&M’s DC campus in Dupont Circle. Check the link below for class schedules and times.

Scholarships and Internship Funds for Government Majors

Important funding information for students interning over the summer.

The Charles Center has many scholarships available designed for students undertaking summer internships related to politics, government, and public affairs.  There is a short application due April 24, 2015.

For more information and the application, follow the link below.

AidData Job Openings

AidData, a research and innovation lab that seeks to improve development outcomes by making development finance data more accessible and actionable, has seven positions open through the College of William & Mary that may be of interest to other members of the network.

The Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations at the College of William and Mary invites applications for seven positions that will begin Summer 2015:

Geospatial Scientist:

Data Science Research Instructor:

Computer Programmer:

Program Manager:

Senior Program Manager:

Policy Specialist:

Data Specialist: