Summer Research Opportunities!

I’m sharing two summer opportunities that might be of interest to students in your network: the PREDOC x Opportunity Insights Summer Course in Big Data and the PRE Workshop.  Taught in collaboration with Opportunity Insight, this Summer Course in Big Data will provide students with six weeks of instruction that will hone their coding skills and further their ability to utilize large data set to answer questions in the social sciences. The PRE Workshop allows students to learn more about and prepare for pre-doctoral opportunities. More information on both opportunities is below.

PREDOC x Opportunity Insights Summer Course in Big Data
This course will have two tracks, one for students who are considering a transition to the social sciences and want to learn more about a variety of fields in Economics, and one for students who are ready to engage in more advanced analysis and want to produce a capstone project. This tuition-free course begins July 5 and will run to August 12. Participants will receive a $2,000 stipend and STATA license as part of the courseInterested students should apply here by May 20. The course will give students an opportunity to:

·        Develop their ability to pose and answer meaningful questions in the social sciences using a rigorous research methodology

·        Gain experience with large, real-world data sets

·        Prepare, present, and get feedback on a research project from discipline experts

·        Sharpen their professional and communication skills through a series of weekly workshops

·        Network with fellow students interested in a similar career

·        Further understand the pathway to a career in research

PRE Workshop
The PRE Workshop will take place June 12 and 13, 2022 with all sessions occurring remotely. PREDOC hosts this annual conference for prospective pre-docs to learn more about and prepare for pre-doctoral opportunities. Current pre-docs, researchers, and students host panels that focus on applying for pre-doc roles, preparing to succeed as a pre-doc, and best practices in research. The conference is also an opportunity for students to participate in a coding exercise, where participants will work through a data task that resembles what one might see when applying to pre-docs. PREDOC is able to supply six-month STATA licenses to workshop participants who need them. Interested students can apply here. All applications are due by May 29, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.Additional questions can be sent to

Thank you for sharing with your network.



Michelle Skinner

PREDOC director

PREDOC | Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers

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