- Funding Opportunities
- Family History Research and Community Involvement
- Odum's Nassib Nassar Wins the 2014 American Prize in Piano Performance
- Two open Assistant Scientist positions at the University of Florida
- Interdisciplinary Research Seminars: Carolina Population Center
- The Odum Institute Celebrates 90 Years
- NC State Qualitative Working Group Fall Schedule
- Davis Library's New Research Hub on 2nd Floor
- 60 Years of Net Migration Data Available through User-Friendly Website
- Triangle Implementation Group
- Join the Odum Listserv
- ICPSR News
Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
Application due: February 1, 2015
Overview: Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. SR-EIP provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools. SR-EIP is a gateway to ongoing resources, mentoring and professional networks to support all participants along their chosen career path. SR-EIP is a rigorous research experience designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs.
• Spend 8-10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution
• Work under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor
• Gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation
• Make oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium
• Receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses from the research institution
Multiple opportunities available in the social sciences at 22 institutions across the US.
ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
Application due: January 31, 2015
Overview: The ICPSR summer internship program provides undergraduate students with a unique and expansive research experience that introduces all aspects of social science research and includes supported exploration of a research query from start to finish, data management training, and focused methodological education in quantitative research. This prepares interns for capstone or senior thesis projects, graduate school, and/or research-based employment opportunities. The students, under the supervision of faculty mentors, develop a research question, perform a literature search and review, complete data analysis, and report findings in a poster; learn good data management processes and research practices with a research process mentor; and attend classes at the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods.
Highlights: Four major components: data processing, secondary research, graduate-level courses, and professional development. Interns spend 10 weeks from June to August in Ann Arbor where they will:
• Prepare study documentation and apply data management techniques to recode, label, transform, and manipulate data for ICPSR studies to be disseminated for secondary research and analysis
• Use data management skills to work in small groups and with research mentors to complete a research project resulting in a conference-ready poster
• Participate in graduate-level courses in the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research
• Participate in weekly workshops that cover topics related to social science research, graduate school, and professional development
Undergraduates & Graduates
NORC’s Summer Internship Program
Application due: January 20, 2015
Overview: NORC at the University of Chicago is invested in developing the expertise of individuals in social science research – and particularly, fostering NORC’s commitment to excellence, innovation and collegiality among researchers newly entering the profession. The centerpiece of these efforts is the NORC Summer Internship Program, which offers nine-week, paid positions for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level studies in statistical and social science fields. Interns typically are assigned to an ongoing NORC research study, attend a seminar series on principles of survey research, and conduct a small-scale study as an intern group project. Each summer, interns:
• Learn the principles of survey research from leading practitioners at NORC
• Gain hands-on survey design and operations experience
• Combine social science and statistical theory with the practical challenges of day-to-day project implementation
• Apply and develop technical skills
• Build the teamwork and project management skills important to any career
• Each year, the interns conduct a new project. In 2010, interns conducted content analyses of interviewer-respondent interactions and ran focus groups to explore reasons for refusals and interview break-offs in the National Immunization Survey. More recently in 2011, the interns analyzed new methods for data dissemination and building a community of data users for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Project.
• NORC hires interns who demonstrate strong interest in pursuing a career in social science research, conscientiousness and a commitment to rigor. We also value the ability to thrive in a team environment, creativity, flexibility, problem-solving abilities, as well as strong written and verbal communication skills.
• NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status and other legally-protected characteristics.
Smithsonian Internships, Summer Programs, and Fellowships
Applications due: Multiple
Overview: A variety of funding opportunities for various disciplines at Smithsonian institutions. Opportunities include summer programs, internships and fellowships.
November 20, 2014
Today the Odum Institute released the findings of a study for Ancestry.com which found that participation in family history research is correlated with volunteerism, civic participation, and charitable giving. The study screened members of an opt-in panel to identify those who had and had not engaged in family history research activities in the past 10 years. Respondents who were active in family history research (referred to as family history “Enthusiasts”) were significantly more likely to report doing volunteer work in the past 12 months, voting in the most recent election, holding public office, and belonging to a civic or veterans’ organization. In addition, Enthusiasts reported significantly higher levels of charitable giving and larger numbers of volunteer hours than Nonenthusiasts.
Teresa Edwards, Assistant Director for Survey Research at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science, was the Principal Investigator for the study. “To our knowledge, this is the first study to explore the relationship between family history research and community involvement. As such, our findings are preliminary, but we found strong and broad correlation across all the activities we examined.”
All measures in the study were by self-report. The two samples from the opt-in panel were matched on demographic characteristics, and were designed to reflect the age distribution of the U.S. household population.
“While the correlation we found was quite remarkable, we can make no claims about causation,” Edwards said. “The design of this study does not allow us to say whether involvement in family history research motivated respondents to engage in their community at higher levels, or if certain types of individuals are simply more likely to engage in both types of activities. We hope a future study will shed light on this question.”
The study was commissioned by Ancestry.com, but Odum Institute researchers independently designed and conducted the study according to best practices in the field. “We were pleased for the opportunity to partner with Ancestry.com while still maintaining appropriate levels of academic rigor,” said Dr. Tom Carsey, Director of the Odum Institute. A copy of the report is available at
The Odum Institute's Nassib Nassar is a pianist and a computer scientist at the Odum Institute. He recently won the 2014 American Prize in Piano Performance. For more information. please go to http://unc.edu/campus-updates/meet-a-tar-heel-piano-man-nassib-nassar
The Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida is currently hiring new faculty to support a 5-year contract with the state of Texas. This contract involves numerous health care quality evaluation studies for Texas Medicaid and CHIP, including multiple large-scale telephone surveys.
Seeking to fill two open Assistant Scientist positions. We are looking for candidates with strong expertise in survey methodology. The ads are posted on the Web Chronicle at:
MEASURE Evaluation: The Next Five Years
Dr. Jim Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UNC-CH; Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center; Director, MEASURE Evaluation
Room B005 W. Franklin Street
Basic Science, Evaluation, and System Science
Drs. S. Philip Morgan, Alan Feduccia Professor of Sociology, UNC-CH; Center Director, Carolina Population Center and
Jim Thomas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, UNC-CH; Faculty Fellow, Carolina Population Center; Director, MEASURE Evaluation
Room B005 W. Franklin Street
The Demography of Natural Disasters: What Can We Learn from DesInventar?
Dr. Mark Montgomery, Professor of Economics, Stony Brook University; Senior Associate, Population Council
Room B005 W. Franklin Street
June 30th, 2014 marked the 90th Anniversary for the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. The Institute will hold a 90th Anniversary Celebration on October 28, 2014 in the Wilson Library Pleasants Family Assembly Room from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. featuring Alan Murray, the former President of Pew Research Center and current Editor of Fortune magazine, as the guest speaker.
The Institute recently moved to Davis Library in July of 2013 and has been working closely with many organizations and university entities to continue its mission of growing and leading a world-class social science research infrastructure at UNC Chapel Hill.
For more information on upcoming 90th Anniversary events and the history of the Institute, visit our 90th Anniversary website.
NC State will have a line-up of speakers for their fall Qualitative Working Group meetings. These meetings are open to faculty and students from all backgrounds and disciplines, including students and faculty from UNC-Chapel HIll. Each meeting will be led by a featured qualitative researcher with plenty of time for discussion. The sessions are intended to spark conversation, provide professional support, and open opportunities for collaboration. Please see below for an overview of the sessions and the biographies of our featured speakers. If you have any questions or ideas for future meetings, please e-mail Meghan Manfra.
What Qualitative Research Can Teach Us about Teach for America and Charter District Reform
Beth will share the results of her qualitative research study focused on Teach for American (TFA) and charter district reform conducted in New Orleans. Her experiences shed light not only on this contemporary issue in education, but also on the manner in which qualitative researchers might study similar issues. For this session we are particularly interested in hearing from others who are doing work related to educational reform. Bring your research questions and ideas. See also:
Qualitative Research - Methods and Applications in Public Health (And What Educational Researchers Can Learn from It)
Emily will share her wealth of experience using qualitative research methods in her work as a Senior Research Associate at FHI 360. She will describe supplemental data collection techniques that she has used in addition to the “big three” data collection techniques: interviews, focus groups, observation. Emily has conducted large scale qualitative research projects in her work at FHI, Duke University’s Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, Duke’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Trent Center for Bioethics, Intel Corporation, and Nike. In this session, we will also encourage you to share your current research projects and ideas. This is a great opportunity to seek advice about data collection and analysis strategies and techniques.
My Masculinity Helps
This session will begin with a screening of Marc’s documentary film, My Masculinity Helps. This short documentary explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. In addition to describing the development of the film, Marc will also discuss his follow up study to assess the impact of the film on viewers. This session provides an opportunity for researchers to consider the use of alternative formats for sharing research findings, particularly through multi-media. See also: http://ced.ncsu.edu/about/news/professors-award-winning-film-addresses-prevention-sexual-violence.
Speaker Biographies and Backgrounds
Beth Sondel joined the Department of Elementary Education as an Assistant Professor in Social Studies and Social Justice Education after completing her PhD at University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2013. Her research partners critical theory with qualitative research to interrogate the relationship between social justice, democracy, and public schools. More specifically, she has looked at the role of Teach For America in market-based reform in New Orleans and elsewhere.
Emily Namey is a senior research associate specializing in qualitative research at FHI 360, a nonprofit global health and development organization headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. In that role, she contributes to the design, implementation, conduct, monitoring, and dissemination of qualitative and mixed methods research, primarily in the fields of HIV prevention, bioethics, and economic development. Prior to her work at FHI 360, she spent over 5 years at Duke University, splitting time among the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Trent Center for Bioethics. At Duke, Emily implemented qualitative research on subjects ranging from maternity care to vaccine trial partici-pation to ethical approaches to genomic research recruitment. She has experience in the private sector as well, having completed projects at Intel Corporation and Nike, Inc.
Marc Grimmett is an associate professor of counselor education. The conceptual framework for his approach to research and scholarship is titled R.A.D.I.C.A.L. scholarship which means Research Activism to Deconstruct Institutionalized Cultures and Advocate for Liberation. This framework currently includes four areas of concentration and corresponding goals, which are: transforming contextual and systemic factors to promote the healthy development of African American boys; facilitating access to mental health counseling using a counselor education program-based community mental health clinic; creating social justice counselor education teaching methods; and preventing power-based violence through education, activism, and community partnerships.
For researchers interested in working with social science data and tools for analysis, the newly refurbished second floor of Davis Library debuts as a center to support investigation, analysis, and visualization in many formats. The Odum Institute Open Lab will be part of this new Hub.
Students and faculty will find equipment and expertise for: geographic information systems (GIS), quantitative data services, text and data mining, digital humanities, data visualization, data management and planning, and repository services.
Working with a Research Hub librarian or technologist means you also tap into expertise at Research Hub locations across the Libraries, plus a vast network of campus referrals.
In addition to the Odum Institute, Research Hub partners include the Center for Faculty Excellence, the NC Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute, the Carolina Health Informatics Program, and REACH NC.
For more information, see the Research Hub website.
A unique dataset spanning 60 years from 1950 to 2010 allows users to examine net migration for all U.S. counties broken down by age, race, Hispanic origin, and sex. Paul Voss, senior spatial analyst at the Odum Institute, worked with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin to generate this unique data series for the 1990s and 2000s. Voss describes how this is a “one of a kind dataset” and that “what is really somewhat remarkable is the kind of stories the charts can tell.”
This data is publicly available through the Net Migration website http://www.netmigration.wisc.edu created by Jim Beaudoin of the Applied Population Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Users of the website can view interactive maps, create charts, or download data. The website has seen significant traffic since its release with over 140,000 maps and over 69,000 charts created.
Dr. Voss discusses how this data can be used to see patterns among counties and how in many ways “every county seems to have a signature pattern.” Net migration data can be used to explore a variety of research questions spanning disciplines from sociology to public policy. Researchers wishing to download the full data for the 2000s can do so from the Net Migration website; the full datasets for the 1950s to 2000s are available from ICPSR.
Please join the Triangle Implementation Group for the 2014 semi-annual meeting. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Triangle Implementation Group in collaboration with Global Implementation Initiative.
March 27, 2014: 1-4 p.m.
Marriott at Research Triangle Park
4700 Guardian Drive, Durham, NC 27703
Please register your attendance to the event by clicking on the following link: Event Registration Form Linkr contact Cathy Mutarelli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336.315.7418.
Keynote Presenter: Abe Wandersman—University of South Carolina
“Because Implementation Matters: Bridging the Gap between Implementation Science and Implementation Practice with Practical Implementation Science”
Panel Discussion: Implications for Research, Practice, & Policy
- Karen Blase— National Implementation Research Network; Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Bryan Weiner –UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Karen Ponder—Ponder, Inc.
For more information regarding this event, please visit: TIG March 2014 Meeting Information
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