Providing the Next Generation with Extraordinary Training

The University of Michigan is dedicated to the concept of providing an uncommon education for the common citizen. It achieves that goal in large part by exposing students to a broad and deep array of academic disciplines as well as diverse experiences.

ISR has much to contribute to the process of educational enrichment and it is a great place for apprenticeship learning.  As students from a wide range of fields have discovered, involvement in the Institute’s unique research projects can expand intellectual vistas and improve career options. Student engagement also enriches the University’s intellectual ecosystem and inspires the ISR faculty.

Today, with support from donors, we provide financial assistance to more than 40 students per year. Consistent with our principle that societal phenomena are best understood through interdisciplinary research and our role as a magnet for up-and-coming social scientists, these students come from six different colleges and four departments within LSA. We know from past experience that these individuals go on to become innovators and problem solvers prepared to make a difference in academia, business or the public sector.

In keeping with the responsibilities of leadership, we are determined to expand our commitment to the next generation by providing more financial incentives for students to engage with ISR. Our goal is to double the number of individuals who receive financial support and participate in the important work of reimagining the social sciences.

With your help, we will reach out to the social scientists of tomorrow by:

  • Creating more undergraduate research opportunities at ISR.
  • Increasing available funding for international opportunities, including travel stipends.
  • Offering more summer research internships, workshops, and classes.
  • Increasing financial support for students in ISR’s Michigan Program in Survey Methodology.
  • Establishing scholarships for both the Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research, sponsored by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, and the Survey Research Center’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques.
  • Enhancing and expanding interdisciplinary collaborations across campus.

Productivity?  For Brady West it’s a slam dunk!
If the word “driven” were given human form, it might look a lot like Brady West—a lean 32-year-old with a buzz haircut and a long angular face anxious to get the next thing done…get someone helped… read more >>

Lisa Marchiondo:  Researching rudeness in the workplace
Lisa Marchiondo is very polite. She makes steady eye contact, doesn’t interrupt, and responds to emails quickly and courteously. But then, she would. Marchiondo, who will receive her PhD from Michigan’s Department of Psychology next month, … read more >>

Christoph Nolte:  Studying the economic trade-offs of land conservation in Brazil
Had it not been for a chance trip to the Amazon more than a decade ago, Christoph Nolte might be designing buildings today. Instead, the 31-year-old German with a craggy face and intense eyes, is earning … read more>>