ICPSR and RCMD Call for Student Research Papers

ICPSR and the Research Center for Minority Data are pleased to announce our 2011 Research Paper Competitions. This year, ICPSR and RCMD are holding three competitions – two for undergraduates and one for master’s students.

The purpose of these competitions is to highlight student research papers using RCMD or ICPSR data. The objective is to encourage students to explore the social sciences by means of critical analysis of a topic supported by quantitative analysis of a dataset(s) held within ICPSR or the RCMD archive and presented in written form. Entries to the either undergraduates or master’s competition could be papers written for a capstone course, a senior seminar, or any writing intensive course for which the student uses quantitative data analysis to support or refute a hypothesis. A master’s thesis could be appropriate provided that the terms above are met.

One of the undergraduate competitions is for papers using data in the RCMD archive; the other can use dataset(s) from any ICPSR archive. The master’s competition can use data from any ICPSR archive.

Competitions awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2011. For more information, submission guidelines, and promotional posters, please visit the competition Web site. Please share this exciting opportunity with faculty and students!

Sue Hodge


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