Graduate Training Events and Groups

Graduate training events and groups support the development of students in the areas of research, funding, professionalization, interdisciplinary research, and networking. Events and groups vary by year and are driven by student demand.

Graduate and postdoctoral training events for Spring 2020 include:

Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop

A noncredit semester-long dissertation workshop. For more information on the workshop, contact Amanda Stevenson (

Interdisciplinary Professional Socialization Seminar

Seminar schedule is here.

Qualitative Methods Workshop

  • Feb. 3, 2020: Introduction to Qualitative Research, Kathleen Tierney, Natural Hazards Center and IBS, IBS 401, 1-3pm.
  • Feb. 10, 2020: Symbolic Interactionism and Qualitative Research, Leslie Irvine, Department of Sociology, IBS 155B, 2-4pm.
  • Feb 25, 2020: Ethics of Conducting Qualitative Research with Vulnerable Populations, Lori Peek, Department of Sociology and Natural Hazards Center, IBS 155B, 9-11 am.
  • March 2, 2020: Ethnographic Research in Global Context, Rachel Rinaldo, Department of Sociology, IBS 401, 1-3pm.
  • March 16, 2020: Studying Communicative Practices Using Qualitative Methods, Jeanette German, Department of Communication, IBS 401, 2-4 pm.
  • March 31, 2020: Qualitative Methods and Participatory Research, David Ciplet, Environmental Studies Program, IBS 401, 2-4pm.
  • April 14, 2020: Qualitative Methods and Evaluation Research, Jamie Vickery, National Center for Atmospheric Research, IBS 402, 1-3pm.

Mini-Course: GIS Methods and Tools Spring 2020

ARSC 5040-002
1 credit, 5 weeks
Instructor: Alicia Cowart,
Spring 2020 Mini Session 2 (2/20-3/19)
Thurs, 2-4:30, Norlin E206

This course will introduce GIS (Geographic Information Systems) methods and will include hands-on exercises with a variety of mapping tools and concepts. Students will gain experience using geospatial data and will learn how to create both static and interactive maps while considering best practices for cartographic representation.

Mini-Course: Qualitative Research Design and Data Collection Spring 2020

ARSC 5040-004
1 credit, 5 weeks
Instructor: Bryan Taylor, Communications,
Spring 2020 Mini Session 2 (2/19-3/18)
Wed, 2-4:30, IBS 150

Note: this course was previously advertised as ARSC 5040-003, Thursdays 1-3:30. The time has changed to Wed 2-4:30. ARSC 5040-004 at this new time should appear in the registration system by Mon, Nov 18.

Description: This mini-course will focus on concepts and practices that support the conduct of successful qualitative research projects through planning and early fieldwork stages. Material on "Design" will focus on conceptualizing, selecting, accessing, and sampling desirable research sites. Material on "Data Collection" will focus on the canonical triad of field methods: participant-observation, interviewing, and artifact analysis. Emphasis will be placed on learning best practices (e.g., of fieldnote writing) and conducting trial collection of actual project data.

Population Health Workshop

The Population Health Workshop is an opportunity for students and faculty to give and receive feedback on projects (or even just ideas) they might have on work relating to demography and health issues broadly. Some of the work discussed in this group has focused on socioeconomic effects of smoking, migration patterns among African-born U.S. citizens, and testing the effects of availability of prescription opioids on street drug use. We are looking for more participants across departments both within and beyond the Institute of Behavioral Sciences to both attend and present on relevant work they're engaged with. We will meet on Fridays from 12-1pm in IBS 150 on the following dates: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/17, 4/3, 4/17, and 5/1. Light lunches will be served! For more information, to subscribe to the listserv, or sign up to present a paper draft or even an idea, please email Trent Davidson (

IBS Statistical Consulting

Statistical consulting on research design, data collection, data analysis, and methodology write-up available to social and behavioral sciences researchers, regardless of IBS affiliation.