Various Centers and Institutes enhance the graduate experience at Arizona by providing lecture series, study programs, scholars-in-residence, and opportunities for internships, assistantships and fellowships. Among those of special interest to sociologists are the Institute for the Environment, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the Southwest Institute for Research on Women, the Latin American Area Center, the Mexican American Studies and Research Center, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Computers are available for student use in the Social Sciences Data and Software Library (DASL) and in several labs operated by the Center for Computing Information and Technology (CCIT). Word processing, statistical software and laser printers are available at both CCIT and DASL microcomputer sites. In addition, CCIT maintains several terminal sites for accessing campus computers. Students also have access to a UNIX-based IBM RS/6000-590 and mainframe computers, which include a VAX cluster (VMS) and a CONVEX cluster. Statistical software such as SAS and SPSS are available on these platforms. The Data and Software Library supports the research activities of social science faculty and graduate students by providing technical advice in the use of computer software, maintaining an extensive data and software library, and operating a microcomputer lab available to graduate students on a 24-hours basis. As the University's official liaison to ICPSR, DASL provides access to an ever-growing repository of social, economic, historical and political data. See the DASL website for more information.
The University Library system contains more than 5,000,000 items and has strong and up-to-date holdings in the social sciences, including valuable collections in the government documents section. See the Data Services page for information about services, and the Data Sets and Spatial Data page for details on data holdings.
Graduate College Research Support is extended to individual graduate students through a Summer Research Support Program funding dissertation research, a Student Program Development Fund and Minority Student Program Development Fund supporting research activities, and a Student Travel Fund for graduate students attending professional meetings