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Social Science Pop-Ups

This year, the Center for Social Science Scholarship is hosting a series of social science pop-ups — informal opportunities to consult with featured experts on a particular topic in a casual setting. Bring your questions, and join us for conversation and light refreshments.    


All events are held in Public Policy 451, unless otherwise noted.
No need to RSVP, just drop in and stay as long as you like!


Thursday, Feb. 6, 1-3pm (drop in):  

Applying for an NSF CAREER Award

Featuring Lee Blaney, Associate Professor of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering and 2017 NSF CAREER Awardee. Bring your questions about the NSF CAREER program and hear tips and advice on how to write a compelling proposal.  This event is open only to faculty and advanced doctoral students.


Tuesday, Feb. 11, 1-3pm (drop in):  

Applying for Grants from Private Foundations

Featuring Bruce Lyons, Associate Director of Foundation Relations, and Rebecca O’Brien, Grants and Contracts Manager. Bring your questions about such topics as:  how to match with prospective foundations, how to write a good foundation proposal, and what is the institutional process for submitting proposals to private foundations. This event is geared primarily for faculty and graduate students.


Tuesday, Feb. 25, 1-2pm (lecture format), 2-3pm (drop in):  

Learn about Data Visualization

Featuring Zoë McLarenAssociate Professor of Public Policy. The first hour (lecture format) will cover the main principles of effective data visualization.  It will provide concrete and easy-to-implement suggestions for improving the design of figures and tables to present more data more clearly. The second hour (drop-in format) will give participants a chance to individually workshop figures and tables with the instructor.  You don’t need to attend the first hour to come to the drop-in session. This event is open to faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students.  No technical experience is necessary.


March TBD  

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April TBD  

Topic TBD



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