Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) in the Behavioral, Health, and Social Sciences

Capstone Experiences

We receive many inquiries about what capstone experiences are possible. Below are some examples that past certificate students have done:

  • Conducting an interdisciplinary workshop on an advanced methodological technique
    • Workshops are typically designed to be two or three hours on method-related topics.
    • Students can co-teach a workshop. E.g. Two certificate students taught a workshop on "data collection in the transnational context"
  • Serving as a teaching assistant for a graduate-level method course
    • Three students served as teaching assistants for graduate-level method courses, including SOC680, POL605, etc.
  • Serving as a methodological resource for a research project
    • One student served as a methodological resource for a research project that developed and fielded an online survey.
  • Writing a journal article-length methods paper
    • Papers must primarily focus on research methods
    • Student must be first/lead author
    • We do not require method papers to be published for the capstone. However, the papers must be of high quality that are suitable for publication
  • Serving as a graduate research assistant for AMAP
  • Participating in an approved Data Mine project

Although the above are examples of past capstone experiences, students can propose their own capstone experience to the AMAP steering committee (