About SISRM

Making research-engagement a core part of the UChicago student experience

The Summer Institute in Social Research Methods provides students with an immersive summer experience through a combination of classroom instruction, skills-building workshops, and hands-on research experience.

Students who participate in SISRM will:

    • Finish the program well-positioned for future internship and research assistantship opportunities within graduate education and/or positions in the private sector
    • Advance competitiveness for academic and professional research positions
    • Earn course credit and fulfill methods requirements for your major or minor (UChicago undergraduates)
    • Gain mentored experience as an RA on faculty research projects (UChicago undergraduates)
    • Be eligible for 2020-21 academic year research associate award to continue your research with faculty (UChicago undergraduates)

How the program works

Undergraduate students

UChicago undergraduates who wish to participate in the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods must register for a SISRM methodology course and participate in the 5-week Practice of Social Science Research Workshop series. Interested students may also choose to apply for the Research Assistantship program SISRM offers.

Graduate students

Graduate students who wish to participate in the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods must register for a SISRM methodology course. Graduate students are invited to attend the Practice of Social Science Research workshop series which takes place during the first 5 weeks of Summer Quarter.

 

We realized that undergraduates at the University of Chicago are eager to be involved in research but may not know how to get involved in a project. A significant motivation for creating SISRM was to connect faculty and these students around research projects, fostering awareness of the kinds of research in which social science faculty are engaged.

Paul Poast

Director, Summer Institute in Social Research Methods; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

SISRM RAs participate in a summer 2019 workshop