Social Science Summer Stats (S4) Bootcamp - Preparing Incoming Students for Graduate Statistics

Taught by Dr. Jeffrey Girard

August 23, 2024 10:00-4:00

The S4 Bootcamp is a full day workshop meant to prepare incoming graduate students in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, and political science) for their first course in statistical methods. Statistics are a foundational component essential for understanding and conducting research in social and behavioral sciences. Coursework for degrees will provide the analytical tools necessary for critically analyzing data and drawing meaningful conclusions about human behavior and societal phenomena. However, graduate level courses typically rely on a baseline familiarity with statistical concepts and techniques. Most people benefit from a refresher prior to the start of classes, and might also learn additional skills which will be extremely useful during regular classes. 

Topics include a gentle introduction to programming in R and a refresher on probability theory, research design, and measurement. This workshop also introduces interdisciplinary research which is increasingly prevalent, as social science programs emphasize the integration of statistical techniques with qualitative approaches.

This workshop will be taught in-person August 23, 10:00-4:00, with a one-hour lunch break. Attendance for this workshop is free; registration is required.




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