Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Letter from the Director

The 2016 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research was a terrific success! The Program offered over 120 courses across a comprehensive array of topics, from introductory statistics to cutting-edge methodologies and analytic techniques. 

The 2016 Summer Program delivered courses in two formats: Four-week sessions and shorter (two- to-five day) workshops. The first four-week session ran from June 20 to July 15, 2016; the second four-week session from July 18 to August 12, 2016. Both of the four-week sessions were held on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. In these sessions, participants took workshops on a range of introductory and advanced methodological approaches (including linear regression, categorical analysis, maximum likelihood estimation, scaling/dimensional analysis, Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and time series analysis) along with lectures that focused on fundamental mathematical skills (matrix algebra and calculus) and software applications in SPSS, SAS, Stata, and the R statistical Computing Environment. Over 65 lectures and workshops were offered during the four-week sessions of the 2016 Summer Program. In addition, the four-week sessions contained over 30 special presentations and discussions on methodological approaches (advanced topics in multilevel models, statistical inference in network models), professional socialization topics (publishing in academic journals, grant-writing, teaching statistics, data transparency and reproducibility strategies), and substantive issues in the social sciences (e.g., the role of ethnicity in organizational activity and the impact of race on political participation).

The 2016 ICPSR Summer Program also contained 49 two- to five-day workshops. These shorter classes covered a diverse set of statistical and substantive topics, and many different methodological approaches. The workshops ranged from courses on qualitative and mixed methods to classes on advanced quantitative approaches (e.g., multilevel methods, structural equation models, item response theory, and text analytics) as well as others that were focused on specific substantive topics (child health issues, income dynamics, data transparency and reproducibility). About half of the two- to five-day workshops took place in Ann Arbor; the remainder were held in a number of other locations across North America-- Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Bloomington, IN; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; and New York, NY. And, for the first time, the 2016 ICPSR Summer Program offered short workshops in Annapolis, MD, and Lisbon, Portugal. 

We are now working on the schedule for the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program. The first four-week Session will be held from June 26 to July 21, 2017, and the second Four-week Session will be held from July 24 to August 18, 2017. As always, both of the Four-week Sessions will be offered on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor and, once again, they will contain a comprehensive set of lectures, workshops, and special presentations. The short workshops will be held from early May to mid-August, 2017, in Ann Arbor as well at various other locations in North America. We plan to expand the short workshops to cover additional topics and to offer them in even more locations across the world!

Please check back in early 2017 for a complete schedule of next year’s Summer Program offerings. We hope that you will join us next year in the four-week Sessions, the short workshops, or both! As one recent participant expressed it: “The ICPSR Summer Program is a life-changing experience!”

Warm regards,

Saundra K. Schneider

Our Four-week Sessions: An immersive learning experience unlike anything else


Friday, September 9, 2016

Announcing the 2017 ICPSR Summer Program!

We are happy to announce the 2017 dates for our four-week sessions:

First Session: June 26 - July 21, 2017
Second Session: July 24 - August 18, 2017

Additionally, we will offer many 3- to 5-day workshops in Ann Arbor and other locations across the country. These short workshops will be held from May through mid-August 2017.

We will post our complete course schedule in January. Official registration for all 2017 courses will open in early February.


Monday, August 15, 2016

The 2016 Summer Program Comes to an End

From May through August, nearly 1,000 participants attended more than 80 courses offered in 11 cities across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Our participants came from more than 35 countries and represented more than 30 disciplines. We greeted many familiar faces and welcomed many more new participants.

Our phenomenal instructional staff included more than 100 instructors and TAs.

Thanks to everyone who joined us!


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Computing Services: End of Program Shut-Down

The Helen Newberry site will close to public access at 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 12, 2016.

Summer Program Computing Services
Computing facilities at Newberry residence will be closed according to the following schedule:

Shut-down Time
Friday, August 12
Room A
8:00 a.m.
Friday, August 12
Room B
Gradual Closure from 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday, August 12
4:30 p.m.

U-M Computing Services
Participant uniqname sponsorships expire at the end of the day on August 12th. After that date, you will no longer be able to use MWireless, Sites computing facilities, or CTOOLS sites linked to your uniqname. You can continue to use MGuest wireless after your uniqname sponsorship ends. CTOOLS sites linked to your friend account will remain accessible to you.


Friday, July 29, 2016

2016 Commemorative T-Shirt Designs










Monday, July 25, 2016

Free Seminar on the "China Multigenerational Panel Datasets Series"

July 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Angell Hall, SITES Computer Classroom C

All Summer Program participants are invited to attend a special seminar exploring the China Multigenerational Panel Datasets Series (CMGPD). 

The CMGPD project links historical and contemporary archival sources, social surveys, genealogies, inscriptions, and oral histories to create large individual level panel datasets extending from late imperial to contemporary China. The research emphasizes how, despite recent profound political, social, and economic changes, many distinctive institutions and patterns of demographic behavior, stratification, and social mobility persist from China's imperial past.

The seminar will help interested researchers assess the suitability of the CMPGPD for their research topics. No prior quantitative training or knowledge of Chinese history is required. 

The seminar is free and open to all ICPSR Summer Program participants. Lunch will be served. Bring your own laptop if you want to access the data during the workshop. The datasets, documentation, and training guide are available from ICPSR.

RSVP required! Please email Susan Leonard ( by this Thursday, July 28 at 5 p.m. to reserve your spot.

  • Background and context of the population covered by CMGPD data
  • Unique features of the CMGPD
  • Format and basic structure of the CMGPD
  • Suitable research topics for CMGPD
  • Lunch
  • Open time for individual questions (attendance optional)

  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute for Child and Human Development
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • UCLA