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

Upcoming AMAP Events

Brown Bags (12:00-1:15PM)

Brown bags are AMAP's regular seminar series held on the first Tuesday of the month, where presenters bring their current work in various stages of completion. Come, bring your lunch, and engage! Presenters may ask advice of the group for a problem they are stuck on, present on a new method they are working out, or may come seeking practice talking about their work from a methodological angle. Presentations do not have to be on methods projects -- in fact, we encourage presentations of substantive research projects; however, we do encourage presenters to discuss their methods in-depth during their presentations. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. Usually, we schedule faculty members for the entire brown bag time. We usually schedule two graduate students per brown bag, with each graduate student receiving 30 minutes to both present and to receive feedback (in general, we encourage graduate students to present for about 15 minutes to leave about 15 minutes for Q&A). If you are interested in presenting at a brown bag, please contact


AMAP hosts a variety of one and two-day workshops on a wide range of advanced methodological and statistical topics. The workshops are designed to provide participants -- which can include faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students -- with supplemental training on advanced topics in quantitative and qualitative methods. The workshops are designed around methods that can be adequately covered in a single day and/or methods rarely covered in most graduate courses but that are useful for applied researchers.

Special Events

AMAP also hosts various other events such as invited lectures, symposiums, and receptions. These are great meet-and-greets that allow for networking both within and outside of Purdue.

August 2020

No AMAP events

September 2020


Workshop: Vasundhara Kaul & Youngeun Nam (Sociology)

Data Collection in the Transnational Context

2:00 - 5:00pm (Zoom link)

Workshop slides

Overview of Workshop

Do you want to collect data outside the U.S. but don’t know where to start?

Conducting transnational research can be challenging whether you are familiar with the geographical area or not. As a researcher, you are required to meet all the requirements of academic research while navigating complex cultural differences and logistical requirements. This workshop provides participants with preliminary resources to take the first step towards conducting both quantitative and qualitative research outside the U.S., with a focus on interviews and surveys outside the U.S. We will discuss various details to consider when preparing and conducting transnational research. In this workshop, you will learn: 

  • What to consider when choosing the research site
  • How to recruit participants
  • Tips on navigating cultural norms, translation, etc. 
  • How to budget well in advance
  • Tips on meeting IRB requirements

The primary aim of this workshop is to encourage participants to undertake research outside the U.S. Anyone who is considering or currently preparing to conduct such research will benefit from the workshop.


October 2020


Brown Bag: Dr. Elena Benedicto (English) 

How BIG are big data? And how Big [for What: Big-for-an-Elephant, Big-for-a-Mouse]? For Whom does it work, or who does it work for? ... and other methodological and ethical questions from a Linguist working “with” endangered languages

12:00-1:15pm (Zoom link)



Brown Bag: Dr. Brian Kelly (Sociology)

Event Centered Interviewing: Integrating Qualitative Interviews with Experience Sampling Technologies

12:00 - 1:15pm (Zoom link)


November 2020


Brown Bag: Dr. Rob Duncan (HDFS) 

Factor Structure of Cognitive School Readiness Skills: Conceptual versus Statistical Distinctions

12:00-1:15pm (Zoom link)


December 2020


Workshop: Stuti Magar (Industrial/Organizational Psychology)

Introduction to R

2:00 - 3:00pm (Zoom link)

Overview of Workshop

Are you new to R? Do you want to use it but don’t know where to start?

 The goals of this workshop are to:

  • Familiarize participants with the R environment
  • Teach how to create reports with R Markdown and Notebook
  • Provide some useful tools and resources you can apply in your own research
  • Give you direction on where and how to look if you have questions
  • Boost your confidence in your ability to use R and your enthusiasm for it!

*Email if you are interested in presenting your work in progress at our brown bag series or if you are interested in offering a workshop.