Career Conferences & Special Events

Career Conferences

2022 MACSS Alumni Symposium | MACSS students and alumni are invited to join us for the 2022 MACSS Career Symposium! This is a virtual panel discussion with a number of MACSS and University of Chicago Alumni who are currently working in roles in data analytics and research for a variety of companies and organizations. Recording | Panelist Bios

2021 MAPSS Career Conference | We invite you to join SSD MA Career Services and accomplished MAPSS alumni from diverse fields for the annual MAPSS Career Conference. Our panelists will discuss how they apply the disciplinary knowledge and research training they received in MAPSS in different professional contexts and provide insights into how our students can position themselves to succeed in their job search and in their careers. Recording | Transcript

2021 CIR Alumni Career Symposium | We invite you to join SSD MA Career Services and accomplished CIR alumni from diverse fields for the annual CIR Alumni Career Symposium. Our alumni panelists will discuss how they apply the disciplinary knowledge and research training they received in CIR in different professional contexts and provide insights into how our students can position themselves to succeed in the job market and in their careers. You can view panelists’ bios here. | Recording | Transcript

2021 Careers in Computational Social Science Employer Forum | Join SSD MA Career Services and a diverse group of data science and analytics professionals for the 3rd annual Careers in Computational Social Science Employer Forum. Our panelists come from a range of organizations and will be sharing how they use computational methods in various sectors and provide insights into how our students can position themselves to succeed in the job market and in their careers. You can view panelists’ bios here. | Recording | Transcript

Special Events

MACSS Summer Internships Info Session | Shelly and Lauren cover the basics of searching for, applying to, and securing summer internship opportunities. Recording 

How Social Science Research Happens Outside Academia: A MAPSS Alumni Panel | A common question alums get from MAPSS students is what social research actually looks like once they are hired into a research role outside of academia. What are the gaps they need to fill before being a competitive candidate, and how can they position the skills they already have built through their training at MAPSS? In this session, MAPSS alums working in social research professions across industries and roles share experiences that outline the role research plays in their organization, including the nuts and bolts of how it all comes together. Following these shares, there is a short panel discussion and opportunity for Q&A.  (Unfortunately, the first five minutes of this event was not recorded. Apologies for the inconvenience.) | Recording

2021 MAPSS Microgrant Awards for Innovative Research in the Social Sciences Overview with Ipsos | A small number of MAPSS students receive microgrants through the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research and a generous donation from Ipsos – User Experience. These grants are made for MA theses that demonstrate innovative approaches to social scientific problems. Recording

Research Briefing/Being a Researcher at Pew Research Center | Join Pew Research Center and SSD MA Career Services for an exciting event combining cutting-edge research with a brief moderated chat on research careers at Pew! We start with a discussion with Research Associate Kat Devlin of Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project about her career trajectory, what it is like to be a researcher at Pew, and her suggestions to those who aspire to work in research organizations outside of academia. Kat then discusses the Center’s recent work using computational social science and social media to evaluate what lawmakers around the world think about current international affairs. Devlin will discuss the Center’s method for ascertaining this elite audience’s views in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, using Twitter. You can learn more about Kat here.  Recording

2020 MAPSS Microgrant Awards for Innovative Research in the Social Sciences Overview with Ipsos | A small number of MAPSS students receive microgrants through the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research and a generous donation from Ipsos – User Experience. These grants are made for MA theses that demonstrate innovative approaches to social scientific problems. Recording

Academic to Applied Research: How Your Social Science Skills Translate After Graduation | Have you ever wondered how your social science research experience might APPLY in the business world? Join us for a panel event, hosted by Ipsos UX and Career Services, and hear from seven former academic researchers about translating their experiences to the applied world, leveraging their academic degrees on the job market, and what it is like to work in UX as a social scientist. Academia and applied research may be different, but they are not as black and white as you might think!  Recording                   

GRADUCon Alumni Panel Discussions

This is an annual career exploration event hosted by UChicagoGRAD. We are always very grateful to hear expert advice from our successful alumni. Click below to hear audio recordings of the individual panels from the 2020 and 2021 events!