Statistical Training and Research Techniques at Rice University

STaRT@Rice is an innovative training program scheduled for fall break 2022. It provides a panoramic view of the social science research process and offers professionalization opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students. In 2021, the pilot year, STaRT@Rice involved more than 20 Rice faculty and 40 students. Your support will enable us to expand access to the program in 2022 to students from local universities including the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, and Prairie View A&M University.

STaRT@Rice increases research expertise through exposure gained from faculty-led lectures and workshops. Student participants learn how to ask better questions about the research process and develop important professional skills. Workshops cover a broad range of content, moving from introductory to intermediate to advanced. Student participants select workshops matching their skill sets and background. In addition, the program helps students build networks within the social sciences, with faculty and with each other.

STaRT@Rice workshop selections have included the following:

  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Automated Text Analysis
  • Data Collection via In-Depth Interviewing
  • Design and Deploy a Data Visualization App
  • Distinguished Research Lecture
  • Effective Research Presentations
  • Ethnographic Techniques I
  • Generalized Linear Models I
  • How to Apply to Grad School in the Social Sciences and Tips for Success Once
  • You Get There
  • Introduction to Multilevel Modeling
  • Introduction to Python
  • Linear Models I
  • Methods for Visual Analysis in the Social Sciences
  • Navigating the Academic Job Market
  • Psychometrics and Scale Development I
  • Quasi-Experimental Methods
  • What Neuroimaging Is and What It Can (and Cannot) Do for Social Scientists

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