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Area Study

Welcome to the Chicago Area Study

Accepting applications for a new UIC Graduate Student Funding Opportunity.

Download the call for proposals here.


Please join us for an applicant information session to get all your questions answered about this summer funding opportunity.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm in 4011 BSB.

More information about this session available here.

The Chicago Area Study (CAS) is a biennial study that collects survey data on life in the Chicago metropolitan area. Its purpose is to 

  • collect original social science data that inform policymaking and social science theory
  • provide hands-on methods training to students in survey research methods
  • fund (and seed) UIC faculty research on pressing issues in the metro area

These goals are accomplished through a year-long program, which funds the research project of a UIC faculty member, who in turn directs a survey research methods practicum that trains students to conduct that faculty member's study. Thus, the Chicago Area Study provides both essential support for faculty research and hands-on methods training for graduate students in the social sciences.

The Chicago Area Study's unique format offers exciting funding and training opportunities for UIC graduate students and faculty members in every college and discipline. It also provides cutting-edge, original research about the Chicago area to scholars, community-based practitioners, and public policy analysts.

To read about the 2012 CAS project, and download the latest research briefs, please visit the 2012 Chicago Area Study page. To learn more about our programs, please browse around.