Social Sciences Summer
By the completion of this program, students will:
Understand a diverse set of theories and methods that underpin social science research.
Comprehend the comparative strengths and weaknesses of several research methods.
Evaluate, analyse and interpret qualitative data and apply this understanding to a given research problem.
Identify statistical methods for basic analysis of quantitative data and apply those to a given research problem.
Collaboratively prepare a research proposal—including an abstract, literature review, design, and discussion—drawing on knowledge of various research methods.
Produce and present a summary of a proposed research project to a group of colleagues and Columbia University faculty.
13 days of instruction by Columbia University faculty and staff that introduces students to essential social science research techniques.
An interactive, collaborative research project and various in-session programming activities, such as public lectures and a conceptual scavenger hunt where students travel throughout New York’s neighbourhoods to collect data.
Two-and-a-half-week stay in University housing in the dynamic Morningside Heights neighborhood of New York City, itself a laboratory for social science research.
Access to research facilities at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics and the libraries of Columbia University.
Various activities to introduce students to Columbia University and the United States university system in general, including a Question and Answer session with admissions counsellors and tours of the campus and main library.