SICSS-Rochester

May 9 to May 20, 2022 | University of Rochester

Participation is restricted to advanced undergraduates, Master’s students, Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. However, there are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. Some participant costs during the workshop will be covered, including lunches and snacks. About 20 participants will be invited.

The Summer Institute aims to bring together computational social scientists across all levels of technical experience. Participants with less experience with social science research will be expected to complete additional readings in advance of the Institute, and participants with less experience coding will be expected to complete a set of online learning modules on the R programming language. Students doing this preparatory work will be supported by a teaching assistant who will hold online office hours during the two months before the Institute.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science. We evaluate applicants along a number of dimensions: 1) research and teaching in the area of computational social science 2) contributions to public goods, such as creating open source software, curating public datasets, and creating educational opportunities for others 3) likelihood to benefit from participation 4) likelihood to contribute to the educational experience of other participants 5) potential to spread computational social science to new intellectual communities and areas of research. Further, when making our evaluations, attempt to account for an applicant’s career stage and previous educational opportunities.


How To Apply


Applicants must submit the following documents: (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement of interest (maximum two pages) describing your academic background, any current research, future research ideas, and your interest in computational social science, (iii) one writing sample (no more than 35 pages), and iv) two letters of recommendation that will be sent through Google Forms (link will be shared soon). Co-authored work is acceptable for the writing sample, but if you submit co-authored work, we recommend that you include a few sentences describing the contributions of each individual author. Applicants who are graduate students or postdoctoral researchers must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors. Letters of recommendation should be as informative as possible about your standing in your program, general ability, research potential, and (if applicable) special interest in computational social science. All applications must include an e-mail and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number).

In order to be guaranteed full consideration, all application materials must be submitted by Friday, March 18th, 2022 at 11:59pm EST. All application materials must be submitted through the application form. Applications that are not complete by the deadline may not receive full consideration. We will notify applicants solely through e-mail in late-March, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

Inquiries can be sent to cantay.caliskan@rochester.edu or ekibris@ur.rochester.edu.


Application Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply to more than one Summer Institute location?

Yes, but not at the same time. For example, you can apply to SICSS-Princeton, and then if you are not accepted you can apply to one of the other locations if it has a later deadline. However, you cannot have an applications under review at two locations simultaneously.

Where do I submit recommendation letters?

Please add the (academic) email addresses for your two recommenders to your application in the application form. Your recommenders will be sent a form where they can upload their recommendations. Applicants should not submit recommendation letters on their own. Please be mindful of the application deadline when informing your recommenders about the submission process.

Can I participate in SICSS-University of Rochester if I have already participated in SICSS at another location?

Yes. But, preference will be given to candidates who have not yet participated SICSS.

Inquiries can be sent to cantay.caliskan@rochester.edu or ekibris@ur.rochester.edu.

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