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George Smith, Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR

George Smith: Understanding how to bring out the best in disadvantaged students

June 11th, 2014

George Smith, winner of the 2013 Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship in Psychology and Survey Methodology, found that how middle school students perceive difficulty can be the difference between success and failure. When George Smith was an undergraduate at the University…

Chris Antoun

Smart phones and surveys: A beautiful partnership?

April 10th, 2014

Chris Antoun, winner of the 2013 James N. Morgan Fund for New Directions in Analysis of Complex Interactions, is studying the potential impacts of completing surveys on smart phones. They’re familiar sights. A man walking down the street, a woman…

Ellen "Nell" Compernolle. Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR.

Nell Compernolle: How international job migration affects what it means to be a family

March 20th, 2014

Nell Compernolle, winner of a Marshall Weinberg Population, Development, and Climate Change award, is studying how international job migration from Nepal is affecting marriages, household dynamics, and the environment. By Susan Rosegrant Nell Compernolle’s interest in gender, family dynamics, and…


Rachel Levenstein: A real world impact with the Five Essentials

November 21st, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant November 21, 2013 When Rachel Levenstein was completing her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (PSM) in 2010, most of her classmates were headed to faculty positions or large social science research organizations.…

UMMA-PSM survey respondent

An unexpected alliance of art and social science

September 13th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant September 13, 2013 Universities foster odd bedfellows. The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) wanted to do a survey of visitors to one of its major exhibitions. The Program in Survey Methodology (PSM) at the university’s…


Sarah Seelye: An unexpected path to studying Detroit’s population loss

July 25th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant July 2013 Sarah Seelye is the winner of the 2013-2014 PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund.     As a 15 year old, Sarah Seelye, now a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan, was so…

Rachael Pierotti

Rachael Pierotti: Understanding ideas that lead to inequality

June 24th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant June 2013 Rachael Pierotti is the winner of the 2011-2012 Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship. Rachael Pierotti got a lot of experience managing projects in Africa during the five years she worked at Chemonics International, a large contractor…


U-M’s ISR awards $250,000 to young, innovative researchers

May 28th, 2013

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan Institute for Social Research has awarded more than $250,000 in fellowships to 54 graduate students and researchers in its ongoing effort to support young scholars and innovative social science research. The Philip Converse and Warren…


Natalie Sabik: Piecing together how women view their bodies, and why

April 17th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant April 2013 Natalie Sabik is the winner of the 2012-2013 Elizabeth Douvan Junior Scholar Fund in Life Course Development When Natalie Sabik went to Ohio State University as a freshman in 2000, it didn’t take her long to notice…


Dana Garbarski: The Role of Rapport in Sensitive Interviews

December 4th, 2012

By Susan Rosegrant December 2012 (updated in April 2013) Dana Garbarski is the winner of the 2012-2013 Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology. Suppose your spouse had a serious illness today with very low chances of survival. First, what if…

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