About the Program

Since 1963, the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has offered the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research as a complement to its data services. The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques, research methodologies, and data analysis. ICPSR Summer Program courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues. The Summer Program's broad curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers. Participants in each year's Summer Program generally represent about 30 different disciplines from more than 350 colleges, universities, and organizations around the world. Because of the premier quality of instruction and unparalleled opportunities for networking, the ICPSR Summer Program is internationally recognized as the leader for training in research methodologies and technologies used across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences.

The Mission of the Summer Program

  • To offer instruction for the primary development and "upgrading" of quantitative skills by college and university faculty and by nonacademic research scholars

  • To extend the scope and depth of analytic skills for graduate participants, college and university faculty, and research scientists from the public sector

  • To furnish training for those individuals who expect to become practicing social methodologists

  • To provide opportunities for social scientists to study those methodologies that have special bearing on specific substantive issues

  • To create an environment that facilitates an exchange of ideas related to the development of methodologies on the frontier of social research

Summer Program Staff

  • Saundra Schneider, Director
  • Dieter Burrell, Assistant Director for Academic Support Services
  • Edward Czilli, Assistant Director for Computing
  • William G. Jacoby, Director Emeritus (2008-2013)
  • Henry Heitowit, Director Emeritus (1981-2007)
  • Ashok Bhargav, Software Programmer
  • Fillippo Stargell, Financial Specialist
  • Stephanie Carpenter, Digital, Social Media, and Education Support Specialist

Summer Program Advisory Committee

  • Ann O'M. Bowman, Political Science, Texas A&M University
  • Harold D. Clarke, Political Science, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Michelle L. Dion, Political Science, McMaster University
  • John Fox, Sociology, McMaster University
  • William G. Jacoby, Political Science, Michigan State University
  • Jan Leighley, Political Science, American University
  • J. Scott Long, Sociology, Indiana University
  • Mark Pickup, Political Science, Simon Fraser University and the University of Oxford
  • Aline G. Sayer, Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

About ICPSR

An international consortium of more than 750 academic institutions and research organizations, ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for the social science research community. ICPSR maintains a data archive of more than 250,000 files of research in the social and behavioral sciences. It hosts 21 specialized collections of data in education, aging, criminal justice, substance abuse, terrorism, and other fields.

ICPSR is a unit within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan and maintains its office in Ann Arbor.