June 12 to June 25, 2021 | Howard University | Virtual event

University of Bamberg

From Saturday, June 12 to Friday, June 25, 2021, Howard University and Mathematica will sponsor the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, to be held virtually at Howard University. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and beginning faculty interested in computational social science. The Summer Institute is for both social scientists (broadly conceived) and data scientists (broadly conceived).

The instructional program will involve lectures, group problem sets, and participant-led research projects. There will also be outside speakers who conduct computational social science research in a variety of settings, such as academia, industry, and government. Topics covered include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, machine learning, and ethics. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers. Because we are committed to open and reproducible research, all materials created by faculty and students for the Summer Institute will be released open source.

Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science. About thirty participants will be invited, and participants are expected to fully attend and participate in the entire program.

SICSS-Howard/Mathematica is groundbreaking for a number of reasons. Most notably because it will be the first Summer Institute held at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). It also has the benefit of a deeply invested partner, Mathematica. Finally, SICSS-Howard/Mathematica will also have the benefit of a topical focus on antiblack racism and inequity.

Application materials are due 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, March 31st.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will take place online.

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