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 The 2024 PREDOC Summer Course is now live! If you're an undergraduate interested in the quantitative social sciences, looking to broaden your skill-set and prepare for research opportunities after graduation, consider applying for a spot in the course. Successful participants will receive a culminating stipend award of $2,000 for their efforts!

In addition to the synchronous summer courses, our curriculum consists of a collection of free workshops, asynchronous courses, and advice from experts.  Each element is a stand-alone event.

2024 PREDOC Summer Course: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems

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2024 PREDOC Summer Course

The 2024 PREDOC Summer Course will give you the opportunity to:

  • Discover what a research career really looks like
  • Ask and answer a meaningful question about society
  • Learn to analyze large, real-world data sets
  • Network with other students considering a research career
  • Present your work at our annual summer conference in Washington D.C., hosted by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors
  • Earn a culminating stipend award of $2,000
2024 PREDOC Summer Course

The PREDOC Summer Course: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems is an eight-week, tuition-free course providing a culminating award of $2,000 to successful participants. A goal of the program is to remove barriers to access to research and doctoral careers in quantitative social science, and cultivate an inclusive classroom experience where different ideas and experiences interact productively. This virtual course is designed to prepare rising undergraduate sophomores and juniors with the coding, research methodology, and professional skills that are relevant for pursuing a research career in the quantitative social sciences. We want students to be well-equipped to find their own research pathways, whether they lead to a pre-doctoral position or graduate study.

Students will attend a coding boot camp during the week of May 27* and synchronous remote course meetings from June 4 – August 3 (with a break the week of July 1). The in-class time commitment will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT; professional development meetings on Wednesdays 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT; and an estimated additional four hours/week outside of the class period working on a final project. *To ensure everyone's success in the course, all students must participate in coding boot camp sessions during the week of May 27, 2024. Exact times will be determined in consultation with the course participants.

The course’s capstone is an in-person research conference in Washington, D.C. running from August 2-3. Transportation costs will be covered for all participants.

Apply by March 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to receive consideration. Application details can be found below.

Please contact us at info@predoc.org with any questions.

Application Requirements:
We are excited to offer the 2024 PREDOC Summer Course: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems in a virtual environment, with exception for the mandatory in-person research presentation in Washington, D.C. The conference is scheduled for the beginning of August; travel and board will be funded.

  • Course duration: May 27 – August 3, with a break the week of July 1. The actual course will begin on June 4, 2024. All admits will be required to participate in coding boot camp sessions the week prior (meetings times will be set in consultation with participants).
  • Mandatory course meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT; professional development meetings on Wednesdays 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT
  • Application deadline: March 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Application is not considered complete without unofficial transcripts and completed survey
  • Requirements: Completed Application and Unofficial Transcripts from Undergraduate Institution

Organizational Partners
We thank our partners at Harvard University's Opportunity Insights and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. For more information on how representatives from these institutions are making the 2024 Summer Course possible, please visit our event page. 

Apply to the 2024 PREDOC Summer Course

Apply by March 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to receive consideration. Application requires unofficial transcripts and a completed survey.

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Previous courses

PREDOC has offered a summer course annually since 2021.  See each year's syllabus here:

2021 Course Syllabus

2022 Course Syllabus

2023 Course Syllabus

Students have gone on to PhD programs institutions like Harvard and UT Austin, and pre-docs at institutions like the Chicago Federal Reserve, the Federal Reserve Board, and the Yale School of Management.  Others have been hired into industry roles at companies including Analysis Group and the Bridgespan Group.