What training is available at The Methodology Center?
There are several different levels of training.
Graduate Students If you are thinking about applying to graduate school, take a look at the People and Research Areas sections of the web site to see if your interests are a good fit with any of the scientists in the Center. If so, contact the scientist directly to get more information. We value graduate students in the Center and are always looking for up-and-coming scientists interested in methodology. As mentioned in the previous question, The Methodology Center does not confer degrees. If you decide to come to Penn State to work with a scientist in the Center as a graduate student, you will need to apply and be accepted in an academic department like Human Development and Family Studies, Statistics, Health Policy and Administration, or Biobehavioral Health. The scientist that you talk with can help you decide on a department that best fits your research interests and career goals, and we encourage you to investigate your opportunities for a graduate career here at Penn State.
Weekly Talks If you are a graduate student at Penn State or the University of Michigan, contact a Center scientist at your institution to discuss training opportunities. Also, any student at Penn State is welcome to attend our weekly brown bag seminar. These are held most Thursdays during the academic year from noon–1:30 pm in the Center’s conference room (see current calendar). Attending these sessions is a great way to learn more about the research going on in The Methodology Center and meet the scientists. In addition, The Methodology Center and the Prevention Research Center at Penn State offer several PAMT pre-doctoral fellowships each year (funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse) for Penn State students with interests in both prevention and methodology. More information about the PAMT program is available here.
Post-docs If you are finishing graduate school and are interested in a post-doc focused on methodological research, please contact any of our scientists to discuss the possibility of working with them. We are very committed to training future methodologists, and are always happy to meet potential candidates. In addition, The Methodology Center and the Prevention Research Center at Penn State offer several PAMT post-doctoral fellowships funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. These positions offer the opportunity for joint training in prevention and methodology. More information about the PAMT program is available here.