SISRM Workshops

The Practice of Social Science Research Workshop provides students with supplemental professional skills development for students to use in and outside of the academy. Workshops include talks from UChicago faculty about their early-stage research projects, hands-on projects in academic writing, research, and research programs, and field visits to view research in practice within the Chicago area.

Workshops are open to all participants of the Summer Institute. Workshops are mandatory for students who are participating in the SISRM RA program.


June 13 – July 15, 12-1:30PM CDT

Workshops will be offered with in-person and virtual options in Summer 2022.

An Introduction to the Practice of Social Scientific Research

June 13 – 17, 2022

Join SISRM and faculty from the Division of Social Sciences to learn about what it means to study the social sciences at the University of Chicago.


Mon., June 13

Panel: What do we mean when we say ‘Social Science Research?’ with James T. Sparrow, Associate Professor of History, the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College, and Leslie Kay, Professor of Psychology

Professors discuss their journeys to the social sciences, how they view their respective fields within the context of the social sciences, and the advantages and disadvantages of interdisciplinary work. Professors also provide students with important points to think about when it comes to understanding research questions.

Tues., June 14

Social Science for Humanity: We Can’t ‘Tech’ Our Way Out of It with Paul Poast, Department of Political Science

What is the value of social science research? Why bother majoring in social science? This workshop explores the importance of the concept economy in solving Big Problems.

Wed., June 15
Faculty Chalk Talk: Devin Pope, Booth School of Business
Thurs., June 16

Starting Your Research: Best Practices for Finding and Using Library Resources with Rebecca Starkey, Head of Research and Instruction Services

During this session, students learn about the multitude of resources offered by the library and elsewhere to help with their research.

Fri., June 17
Excursion: Art Institute of Chicago


Engaging With Research

June 21 – 24, 2022

This week we’ll look at different approaches and discuss various processes for beginning a research project.

Mon., June 20 No Workshop: Juneteenth holiday
Tues., June 21 Faculty Chalk Talk: Rene Flores, Department of Sociology
 Wed., June 22 Excursion: Chicago History Museum
Thurs., June 23

Digital Scholarship with Cecilia Smith, Director of Digital Scholarship

This workshop discusses digital scholarship initiatives in the Library and introduces ways to start and execute research. It also touches on important considerations to make when collecting data.

Fri., June 24
Virtual Excursion: The Newberry Library with Will Hansen, Director of Reader Services and Curator of Americana


Sourcing Data for Research

June 27 – July 1, 2022

Mon., June 27 Faculty Chalk Talk: Alessandra Gonzalez, Department of Economics
Tues., June 28
Civic Engagement Session with Nick Currie, Assistant Director of Student Civic Engagement Initiatives

This workshop helps students become aware of the opportunities available to interact with and help the community in Chicago.

Wed., June 29
An Introduction to the IRB and the Ethics of Research with Cheryl Danton, IRB Managing Director

This workshop provides students with an overview of IRB – what it is, how it came to be, how it functions, and how to think about ethics and procedures as it relates to your own research.

Thurs., June 30

Writing Effective Abstracts and Presentation Design with Nichole Fazio, Executive Director, College Center for Research and Fellowships

This workshop gives students overview of best practices and expectations for writing research abstracts and creating research presentations/posters, including how to maximize time and space and think about sequential narrative organization.

Fri., July 1
Excursion: Argonne National Laboratory


Data Visualization and Methods

July 5 – 8, 2022

This week we’ll discuss data visualization and its many applications in the social sciences.

Mon., July 4 No Workshop: Independence Day holiday
Tues., July 5
Faculty Chalk Talk: Ada Palmer, Department of History
Wed., July 6

In Partnership with the Center for Spatial Data Science with Dylan Halpern, Senior Software Engineer for the US Covid Atlas

Tools for Visualizing Geospatial Data Big and Small

Finding (and Making Use Of) Open Data Sources

(Part 1/2) In this workshop, students learn about open data and how to use it to explore questions and answer them. The goal of this workshop is for students to better understand different types of open source licenses and their implications, and to be able to find open source datasets.

Thurs., July 7

Formats to Publish Data Findings and User Exploration

(Part 2/2) Continuation of the series in partnership with the Center for Spatial Data Science.

Fri., July 8
Excursion: Mindworks: The Science of Thinking


Scholarly Communications and Professionialization

July 11 – 15, 2022

Now that you have all of these skills, what do you do with them? This week we’ll talk about how to put your talents to pragmatic use, including thinking about them as they apply to future job applications.

Mon., July 11 Faculty Chalk Talk: Scott Gehlbach, Department of Political Science
Tues., July 12
Graduate School 101 with Lindsey Weglarz, Assistant Dean of Students for Admission

This workshop introduces students to the topic of graduate school: what it is, why students should consider going or not going, and how to prepare.

Wed., July 13
Career Advancement: Transferring Your Skills with Daniel Clark, Program Director of Careers in Behavioral Sciences

This workshop addresses the process of translating professional and extra-curricular experiences into cross-functional skills applicable to a variety of roles.

Thurs., July 14
Data Sources and Text Mining with Greg Fleming, Business and Economics Librarian

This workshop covers an overview of the best practices and expectations for writing research abstracts and creating research presentations and posters.

Frid., July 15
Professional Writing Workshop with Kathryn Cochran, Deputy Director of the Writing Program


SISRM has helped me come up with ideas about how I can more specifically approach my interests.This program has demonstrated how interdisciplinary the social sciences can be, in research and in the real world.

Stina B.

SISRM 2022


Questions? For more information please contact:

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