Research Support

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A MAPSS Instructor takes notes during a class discussion

Throughout the academic year, MAPSS provides a range of valuable research support to aid students in the timely completion of both their coursework and MA thesis research.

MAPSS Fund for Applied Research

In 2012, through a generous initial donation from GfK User Centric, we established the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research. The current fund is sponsored by Ipsos and provides support for student thesis research and ensures our students access to cutting-edge research facilities, technology, and mentors.

As part of the fund, the Ipsos Awards for Innovative Research in the Social Sciences are awarded to a select number of students each year whose thesis projects are innovative in their field with respect to method, population, or conception. As part of the award application, students may seek support in the form of funding, facility access, and/or mentor consultations with MAPSS alumni working at Ipsos. For more on Ipsos, please visit their website. Applications to the MAPSS Fund for Applied Research open in the Winter Quarter of every year.

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Students working with human subjects must complete an Institutional Review Board (IRB) evaluation of their research agenda and research plan. MAPSS provides training workshops that are specifically designed to guide students through this process. If a research project involves human subjects, training is mandatory. Please see the IRB website for more information.

The University of Chicago Libraries

UChicago is first and foremost a research institution and its world-class library system boasts the Western Hemisphere’s largest collection of research materials in one location. In addition to print and digital resources, the library’s research staff has deep expertise in nearly all the literatures and disciplines relevant for MAPSS students, and is available to students for consultation.

For more information, please visit the library’s website or contact one of the library's Subject Specialists.