Helpful links for those interested in learning how to analyze genetic data

Please see the following helpful links that will provide you with training materials and other software if you are interested in analyzing genetic data.


Don’t miss the latest ICPSR Bulletin newsletter!


  • Splash into summer with ICPSR’s Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research 
  • ICPSR teams up with DataFirst to train data archive staff at University of Cape Coast in Ghana
  • NAHDAP archive clears rigorous FISMA compliance process
  • 5 things to know about openICPSR
  • Hermes: An ICPSR innovation story
  • Project SEAD moves to ICPSR
  • Social science meets cryptography


IAFOR Asian Conference on Aging & Gerontology accepting abstract submissions

The inaugural AGen conference brings the latest in international and interdisciplinary research centered around Aging and Gerontology, and will include both information sessions, data workshops and research presentations.

This one-day event is held by The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in collaboration with the US National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) at the University of Michigan, and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

There will be opportunities to:
  • Publish before a global audience
  • Present in a supportive environment
  • Network and create new relationships
  • Hear the latest research
  • Join a global academic community
  • Experience Japan

When: Thursday, November 5, 2015

Where: Art Center of Kobe, Kobe, Japan

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 1, 2015

Registration Deadline for Presenters: October 1, 2015


Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Recruitment Studies, 2008 (ICPSR 35244)

The 2008 Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Recruitment Studies are studies of United States state legislators' and mayors' pathways to office that were conducted by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. Data about state legislators and mayors of big cities were gathered through survey instruments that consisted primarily of questions concerning the decision to seek office, previous political experience, and personal background. The studies, which were conducted by mail, web, and phone, were designed to replicate a 1981 CAWP study about gender and pathways to elective office. All women serving in the legislatures of the 50 states were surveyed, along with a random sample of men state legislators; men were randomly selected and sampled in proportion to the number of women serving in each chamber and state. All women mayors of cities with a population of 30,000 and above serving in 2008 were surveyed, along with a random sample of men mayors. Demographic variables include age, education, race, and marital status.


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ICPSR Announces Winner of 2015 Research Paper Competition for Undergraduates

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winner of our 2015 Research Paper Competition for Undergraduates.

Tiffany Foster (B.A., Psychology) of the Hiram College earned first-place in the ICPSR Undergraduate Competition with her paper Social Information Processing Mediates the Relationship between Effortful Control and Peer Success in First Graders. The paper used the study, NICHD Study of Child Care and Youth Development, to test the way in which children process social information and how that relates to their success with peers. 

Foster recently graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Psi Chi Award, the Jay Michael Schechter Scholarship, and the Thomas Wayne Grant Prize. She served an internship with the Head Start Program in Willowick, Ohio.  At Hiram College’s Celebration of Research and the Ohio Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference, Foster presented her research, "Effortful Control Predicts Peer Success in First Graders."  She is presently working as an aide in a special education classroom and completing a research project on school-based interventions to build children’s resilience, which she hopes to have published in the near future. Her future plans include pursuing an advanced degree in clinical child psychology and continued teaching and researching.

The first-place winners received $1,000 and the winning paper is published on the ICPSR Web site and will be featured in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin. 

We are also pleased to announce the 2016 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions for Undergraduates and Graduate Students and invite submissions from students and recent graduates at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners Web site and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first place winners. See the competitions Web site for details. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2016.


ICPSR Announces its 5 Undergraduate Interns for Summer 2015

ICPSR announces the five participants in this year's Summer Internship Program for undergraduates (REU Site: The Quantitative Social Science Research at the University of Michigan). This year, ICPSR celebrates the 11th year of this highly competitive program. The interns will be placed in the following topical archives at ICPSR: Child Care & Early Education Research Connections (CCEERC), National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP), Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD), National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD) and the General Archive.

During their 10 weeks in Ann Arbor, from June 1 to August 7, the interns will:

  • Gain experience with processing data and learn popular statistical software packages, including SAS, SPSS, STATA, and R
  • Attend graduate-level courses in the ICPSR Summer Program
  • Participate in the Lunch and Lecture professional development series
  • Complete a research project resulting in conference-ready posters
The Summer Internship Program's objective is to support ICPSR's strategic focus on inclusion and diversity by expanding to undergraduates valuable educational opportunities involving social science research data. As with prior internship cohorts, we will encourage the interns to pursue graduate studies or a career in the social or behavioral sciences. Perhaps in the future they will be data depositors, Summer Program instructors, Official Representatives, or even Council members.

The Internship Program is proud to number 56 alumni. Many currently attend graduate school or have successfully completed their schooling and have started a career in the social or behavioral sciences.

The Internship Program is managed by Abayomi Israel (Intern Alumni class of 2005), with John Garcia of the RCMD, and Lynette Hoelter of the Instructional Resources unit serving as Co-Principal Investigators and providing support and guidance as Research Program Mentors. Each intern also will be assigned an experienced data processor as his/her Process Mentor. In addition, the interns will have the opportunity receive support on their summer research projects and advice on graduate school from the ICPSR faculty and staff.

The following are the 2015 interns:

Kimberly Gannon
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: NACJD

Gannon is a triple major in economics, mathematics, and statistics graduating in 2017. She is the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship and a member of the Michigan State Economics Scholars program. During the current academic year, she was an undergraduate teaching assistant in the MSU Department of Mathematics and Economics, where she provided additional tutoring for almost 1,000 students. Since 2013, she has served as a professorial assistant at the Honors College where she utilized the programming language Python and statistical program Stata on numerous datasets. She also introduced computer-automated methods to streamline and expedite tasks on her work with the 2015 State of the State Survey. In the summer of 2014, Gannon worked as a Regulatory Strategies and Solutions Intern at the Commonwealth Edison in Chicago. She conducted independent research on the 2014 polar vortex's effect on electricity prices and state regulations, researched and compared net metering policies across states and electric utilities, and provided statistical advice and reporting on various projects. In 2014, Gannon served as a researcher and presenter on the MSU Federal Reserve Challenge team. She currently serves as Assistant Chair of the National Education Commission of MSU’s Model United Nations. In addition to her knowledge of Python and Stata, Gannon also has experience with C++, R, and Linux. Outside of the classroom, she is a devoted triathlete and is a 2015 qualifier for the USA Triathlon National Championship. After graduation, Gannon would like to continue to develop her skills in quantitative methods and her trajectory of economic research – specifically on how Americans in the midwest respond to economic change, often in the form of human capital outflows.

Cristian Nuno
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL  (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: RCMD

Nuno is a double major in economics and urban & public affairs graduating in 2016. Before UIC, he attended the College of DuPage, a two-year community college in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Nuno is a first-generation college student and a recipient of the President’s Award Program Honors Scholarship. His self-described commitment to public service is apparent through his extensive extracurricular activities including being an intern at the Future Leaders in Planning program, a member of the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, and an AmeriCorps Volunteer, among others. These contributions to public service were recognized in 2014 by the Chancellor's Student Service Award. Additionally, Nuno has been named a Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation scholar for 2015 – the highly competitive nationwide scholarship is awarded to exceptional college students planning to attend graduate school in preparation for careers in government or public service. He currently serves as the President of UIC’s Pre-Law Society and Associate Chair of the Honors College Student Leadership Council. During the summer of 2014, he participated in the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) where he presented his research entitled “Municipal Mayhem: How Cash-Strapped Cities are Funding Urban Infrastructure.” Nuno is an aspiring urban economist who would like to develop his skills in data management and quantitative analysis. After graduation he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy in preparation for a career focused on municipal finance and urban policy.

Ilse Paniagua
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: CCEERC

Paniagua is a public policy major with a minor in applied economics graduating in 2016. Before transferring to Cornell she spent two years at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she participated in the Student Science Training Program (SSTP) winning both “Best Research Poster” and “Best Oral Presentation” awards. She received Presidential Service Scholar award and the Association of Hispanic Alumni Scholarship in 2013. From 2012 to 2013, she served as the Executive Director of Project Progress where she trained a team of 20 teachers in best practices for teaching English to immigrants. Paniagua is trilingual, fluent in English, Spanish, and French and spent one year as an economics exchange student at L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France in 2013. She has a passion for education and in 2013 she served as a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative. In 2014, she worked as an ambassador at the Engaged Learning+ Research Program at Cornell. During this time she co-created the Fellowship For Undergraduate Engaged Leadership (FUEL), a new cohort program that empowers student changemakers to contribute to the greater good. Her research experience is quite broad, ranging from the impact of migration and remittances in children’s education in Africa to children’s health insurance in Florida and paid family leave in California, and she has experience using Stata. After graduation she would like to work for a social science research institution where she can combine her background in teaching, her knowledge about education policy, and the data management skills that she will gain at ICPSR.

Rebeca Willis-Conger
Reed College, Portland, OR (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: NAHDAP

Willis-Conger is a sociology major graduating in 2017. Before transferring to Reed, she attended Portland Community College (PCC) where she developed her passion for research. Her honors thesis at PCC, entitled “As Yet Untitled: Negotiating Identity in Education” allowed her to learn about the IRB process, methods of disseminating her survey, managing and analyzing results, and presenting her findings to the college’s leadership. During this time, she became interested in identity, specifically how health care affects patient identity and the impact of hospitalization on recovery. Apart from health care, she is also interested in how substance abuse treatment systems (such as Alcoholics Anonymous) may impact participant identity and outcomes. She has experience with R and Stata statistical packages and is also fluent in Spanish (which she utilized for two years as a tutor at Beaverton Libraries where she explained abstract concepts like geometry and grammar to non-native English speaking students and their families). Outside of the classroom, she obtained a rank of 2nd kyu in Aikido and has traveled to Japan to train as an Aikido apprentice to Yoko Okamoto Sensei. Willis-Conger is also an active member of her community. In 2014, she worked for the Boys and Girls Club, providing free programming and lunch for low-income children in city parks. Additionally, through her participation through Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Portland, she has helped nurture the social skills of a teen with Asperger’s syndrome since 2011. Willis-Conger is a passionate undergraduate sociology student who is considering pursuing a PhD after graduation with the goal of improving the health care system to be more sensitive to the needs of children and minorities.

Polina Zvavitch
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (ICPSR Member Institution)
Archive: General Archive

Zvavitch is majoring in sociology, with a minor in mathematics, graduating in 2016. She is the recipient of the OSU Undergraduate Research Office Summer Research Fellowship, the Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Grant, the Polish Studies Initiative Grant from the Slavic Department, and the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship. Zvavitch is a fluent Russian speaker and in the Summer of 2014 she attended The Ohio State Summer School in Social Sciences in Warsaw, Poland. While in Poland she found her passion for quantitative research in her project entitled “The Psychological Determinants of Women’s Labor Market Success,” using the Polish Panel Survey (POLPAN), which she presented at the Ohio Slavic conference in March 2015. Zvavitch is skilled in the Stata statistical package and her research interests revolve around stratification, particularly the intersection of sex, gender, and race. She currently works for the Undergraduate Research Journal at Ohio State as a manuscript editor and has served as a research assistant to a sociology graduate student on a project entitled “Hiring Discrimination on the Basis of Gender in Engineering Jobs.” Her work experience also includes two years at the Ohio State Student Wellness Center as a Sexual Wellness Ambassador. After graduation, Zvavitch plans to attend graduate school and complete a PhD in sociology to one day achieve her goal of becoming a professor.

The work of interns from prior years is linked from the Summer Internship Program web page.


NAHDAP Exhibiting at SPR Conference

NAHDAP invites anyone attending the Society for Prevention Research conference next week in Washington, DC, to stop by and see us at our exhibit in the Regency Foyer of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capital Hill.

We would be excited to meet you and hear your questions about the data we have or about resources on our Web site. We would also like to tell you about our archiving services if you have data collected from a funded addiction and/or HIV research project.

We will be exhibiting from Wednesday, May 27 from 8:30 am until Friday, May 29, around 1 pm.