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Faculty & Student Information
The Institute works to open new avenues and partnerships for faculty and students interested in applied social research.
Graduate Research Assistantships
The Graduate Research Assistant (GRAs) are an integral part of the Institute, working alongside our professional researchers and faculty associates.
Our GRAs contribute in the following ways: conducting literature reviews, assisting in the construction of surveys, questionnaires and interviews, data entry and cleaning, and undertaking data analyses under the direction of a Research Analyst or faculty member. They also gain experience interviewing (including telephone and in-person interviews), assisting in focus groups and helping with the preparation of reports and presentations.
Undergraduate students seeking real world experience in applied social research can find a variety of opportunities to work part-time on projects that than span the academic year and during the summer. Undergraduate students from Sacramento State and other universities may also qualify to complete internships at the Institute, or may talk to a faculty member in their major about completing a directed study associated with involvement at the Institute.
Research Partnerships & Collaboration
The Institute for Social Research works in collaboration with university, local, and state entities to provide quality services in applied research. The Institute currently has partnerships with the following CSUS centers:
- Center for California Studies
- Center for Collaborative Policy
- Public Health Research Program (PHSRP)
- Educational Insights Center (EdInsights)
- Project for an Informed Electorate (PIE)
Faculty across multiple colleges bring methodological and content expertise to the Institute. We welcome collaborations with CSUS and other faculty members, and can assist in all aspects of the research process. See the CSU Social Science Research & Instructional Center for fellowship opportunities to use our CALSPEAKS statewide survey panel.