Pradeep Chintagunta at the whiteboard

2021 PREDOC Summer Course in Social Science Analytics 

The 2021 PREDOC Summer Course in Social Science Analytics will give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop your ability to pose and answer meaningful questions in the social sciences using a rigorous research methodology
  • Gain experience with large, real-world data sets
  • Prepare, present, and get feedback on a research project from discipline experts
  • Sharpen your professional and communication skills through a series of weekly workshops
  • Network with fellow students interested in a similar career
  • Further understand the pathway to a career in research


2021 PREDOC Summer Course in Social Science Analytics 

The PREDOC Summer Course in Social Science Analytics is an eight-week, tuition-free course providing a stipend of $2,000. A goal of the program is to diversify the pipeline of students pursuing careers in social science research, a field in which women and people from a variety of backgrounds (including Black/African-American, Hispanic/LatinX, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander) are underrepresented. This virtual course is designed to prepare rising undergraduate seniors with the coding, research methodology, and professional skills that are relevant when applying for a pre-doctoral research position at a top university, research institution or think tank.

This summer, the course will be taught by Pradeep K. Chintagunta, the Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Distinguished Service Professor of Marketing at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

The course runs from July 12 to September 2 with an in-class time commitment of 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. CDT on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thrusdays. The expectation is that students will work on their projects outside of the class period. If you have any questions, please email  



Who Should Apply

 You might be an ideal candidate if you are:

  • a rising senior who will graduate in Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 and interested in business fields and the quantitative social sciences
  • looking to broaden your skill set before applying to a pre-doctoral position and/or graduate school
  • generally interested in a research career examining economic and social issues

The Application

Please note that we are excited to offer the PREDOC Summer Course in Social Science Analytics in a virtual environment to ensure the safety of all involved.

Course duration: July 12September 2, 2021

Course meeting time: 7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Application deadline: June 30, 2021

Requirements: Unofficial transcripts and completed application

Apply to the PREDOC Course in Social Science Analytics

Apply by June 30 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Application requires unofficial transcripts and a completed survey.