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The Center for Spatial Data Science

At the Center for Spatial Data Science (CSDS), we think spatially about research problems:
We develop state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis; implement them through open source software tools; apply them to policy-relevant research in the social sciences; and disseminate them through education and support to a growing worldwide community of over 330,000 spatial analysts.  Locally, we are building a spatial community at the University of Chicago. CSDS is an initiative of the Division of Social Sciences and part of the UChicago’s investment in computational social science. As of July 2016, CSDS succeeded the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at Arizona State University.

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The Chicago Center on Democracy

The Chicago Center on Democracy (CCD) works to strengthen democracy through research, discussion, and community-building. We are a hub for students, faculty members, nonprofits, and others who are interested in working to support democracy through rigorous, nonpartisan research and other activities. We share our work with the broader community of citizens, civil society organizations, and policymakers through convenings, publications, and public engagement.

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Chicago Project on Security and Threats

The nonpartisan Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) is a focal point for scholarly research that advances peace and prosperity. CPOST conducts rigorous, data-driven research, strengthens world-class education for future professionals and communicates knowledge among policy makers, scholars and the public. Our faculty and research teams conducts focused and cross-disciplinary research on international politics, security, and trade. Many of our projects build on large-scale, student-supported, faculty-led research teams, critical to the collection and analysis of major quantitative, experimental and qualitative information.

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Environmental Frontiers, Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Environmental Frontiers (EF) brings together University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff to collaborate on finding innovative ways to build a more sustainable future on campus and beyond. Environmental Frontiers creates student-faculty research and educational opportunities focused on the intersection of environmental sustainability and urbanization, with the goal of giving UChicago undergraduate students a scientific and practical understanding of sustainable urban development. Spanning the physical, biological, social sciences and the humanities, the initiative complements existing and emerging course curriculum in Environmental and Urban Studies, Environmental Sciences, and other programs.

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Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Summer Research Training Program

The fundamental objective of MMUF is to address the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. This goal can be achieved both by increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue PhDs and by supporting the pursuit of PhDs by students who may not come from traditional minority groups but have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF. The MMUF program is designed to encourage fellows to enter PhD programs that prepare students for professorial careers; it is not intended to support students who intend to go on to medical school, law school or other professional schools.

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The University of Chicago Booth School of Business

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Chicago Booth or Booth) is the graduate business school of the University of Chicago. Founded in 1898, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S. and is associated with 9 Nobel laureates in the Economic Sciences, more than any other business school in the world.

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Chicago Studies

Chicago Studies offers curricular and co-curricular opportunities to discover, study, engage with and positively impact the diverse communities of our world-class city. Working with campus- and city-wide partners, we support the College community in encountering and learning with Chicagoans from all walks of life. In so doing, we facilitate the development of reciprocal, respectful collaborations between campus and city that empower students in the College to deeper critical inquiry and more impactful responses to complex and systemic issues in Chicago and in cities around the world.

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Urbanism Lab


The Urbanism Lab is a focal point at the University of Chicago for the study of the built environment and its meaning and impact. Our research interests are reflective of social, cultural and political movements aimed at improving the quality of the built environment. Of particular interest is the notion of sustainable urbanism and the ability of cities to be places of vibrancy, social diversity, and neighborhood identity.

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The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Founded by the renowned educator John Dewey in 1896 and located in Hyde Park, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools emphasize the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—in its curriculum.

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