Chicago State University Undergraduates

Chicago State University Undergraduate Students

CSU undergraduates who wish to participate in the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods can either choose to take one methodological course and participate in the Practice of Social Science Research Workshop series OR they can apply to participate in the paid Research Assistantship program (which also includes taking a course and attending the workshops).



This application opens in early January. 


We will host several information sessions about the program and application process this fall.
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  • Rising second-, third-, and fourth-year Chicago State University students may apply to participate in SISRM
How it Works

Students who are NOT applying for the RA program:

1. Select a course to take from this list:

  • SOSC 26032 Computing for Social Sciences
  • GEOG 28702 Introduction to GIS & Spatial Analysis
  • PSYC 20200 Psychological Research Methods
  • SOSC 20112 Introductory Statistical Methods and Applications for the Social Sciences
  • SOSC 20224 Virtual Ethnographic Research Methods

2. Students register for the course and participate in the Practice of Social Science Research Workshop.

Students who ARE applying for the RA program:

1. Students select a course to take (from the same list above) and then apply to the RA program.

2. RA matches are made by SISRM.

3. Students register for their SISRM course, participate in the Practice of Social Scientific Research Workshop, and pursue their summer RA project.

Application Guidelines


Guidelines for undergraduates

  • All students must respond to the following candidate questions: 
    • How does your current major and interest in that field influence your reasons for pursuing the Summer Institute in Social Research Methods (SISRM)? If you have not yet declared a major, how do you anticipate that participation in SISRM will influence your future academic decisions?
    • How will the class you chose support your academic and/or professional goals?
    • What do you hope to learn through this experience?


  • Students who are also applying to participate in the SISRM RA program will respond to one additional question:
    • Describe your interest in participating in the SISRM RA program. What skills do you hope to develop during your RAship?


  • Applicants must also provide:
    • A letter of recommendation from their program Chair
    • A CV or Resume
    • A Transcript from their home institution
  • Please note: We will accept an unofficial transcript. Additionally, we will also accept a progress report from a student portal that demonstrates the coursework and grades that the student has received thus far.

CV guidelines for undergraduates

  • Your CV should detail honors, awards, research, leadership/service, and other co- and extra-curricular activities you have pursued since beginning your undergraduate studies at Chicago State University. If you possess proficiency in a language other than English, please make note of it. Please do not include  details from high school—we’re interested in getting to know about you in this phase of your academic and professional development. You can find further guidance on developing a CV here: