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Graduate work at CDHA provides training in the demographic and biological models of health and aging. Through course work, research, and mentorships, the program enables students to build expertise in demographic concepts and methods while cultivating their professional skills.

Graduate students attend two weekly seminars. The first, Demography Seminar (DemSem)—co-sponsored by the Center for Demography and Ecology (CDE)—features lectures by top scholars in the field. A list of DemSem presentations related to CDHA Research Themes can be found here. The second, Demography Training Seminar, aims to enhance the craft of research, foster individual mentoring relationships, and address methodological standards and ethical concerns in the field. Under faculty supervision, students develop the expertise needed to undertake independent research and present at professional conferences.

Postdoctoral fellowships at the Center are designed individually to meet the needs and interests of each scholar. CDHA typically receives NIA funding for one postdoctoral position.

Support for CDHA’s training program comes from a training grant (T32 AG000129-30) from the National Institute of Aging. CDE receives training support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (T32 HD007014-42).

Demography Training Seminar

Together with the CDE, CDHA hosts a weekly training seminar that provides training and professional development to graduate students studying population sciences. This seminar is open to all and meets on Wednesday from 2:00-3:15 p.m. in room 8417 of the Sewell Social Sciences Building. The fall 2021 schedule is available here. An archive of past seminars is available here.

Fall 2021 Schedule

September 8: Introductions

September 15: Art of the Abstract
Jenna Nobles (UW Sociology)

September 22: PAA Abstract Workshop Panel
Felix Elwert (UW Sociology), Michal Engelman (UW Sociology), Corina Mommaerts (UW Economics)

September 29: Publishing as Process
Felix Elwert (UW Sociology)

October 6: Asking Research Questions: What is Your Estimand?
Ian Lundberg (UCLA Sociology),
*Please note that this session will be virtual

October 13: cancelled

October 20: New Outcome Metrics for Survival Analysis
Lu Mao (UW Biostatistics)

October 27: Stage Skills for Presenters
Lucy McLallan (Madison, Drama therapist)

November 3, 2021: Practice Job Talks Panel
Felix Elwert (UW Sociology), TBD

November 10: Hidden Curriculum
Sebastian Tello-Trillo (UVA Public Policy & Economics)

November 17: Ethics Session: Engaging Controversial Papers

November 24: No class –day before Thanksgiving recess

December 1: Ethics Session: Transparency and Reproducibility from the Trenches: What 1000 Econ Articles Teach You
Lars Villhuber (Cornell Economics, AEA Data Editor)

December 8: Workflow for Publishable Tables with Stata 17
Russell Dimond (UW SSCC)

December 15: Non-traditional Data
Max Besbris (UW Sociology)