The Population Research Center (PRC) is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) that provides infrastructure support services and project development support for a very productive, interdisciplinary group of population-related researchers, graduate students, and undergraduate students at UT. Most of the research is concentrated in four overlapping and reinforcing thematic areas: Health Disparities; Parenting, Partnering and Human Development; Educational Inequality and Opportunity; and Socioeconomic Inequality and Work. Underlying the work of the PRC is a foundation that emphasizes:

  1. fundamental attention to issues of social and economic inequality, particularly by race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status;
  2. rigorous attention to, and application of, the most appropriate and advanced methodological techniques; and
  3. an orientation toward federal and major foundation grant funding and publication in top quality scientific journals.

The purpose of the PRC is to provide the resources and culture that are necessary to facilitate the highest level of population-related research and training activities among its faculty members and students. Resource-wise, this most centrally involves providing faculty members and students with state-of-the-art administrative and computing and information services that support their population-related research agendas. Further, researchers are supported by active collaborators and mentors within the PRC, a Brownbag Series to support and extend their research agendas and interests, and dedicated space to conduct their research and training activities. Culturally, the PRC is oriented toward supporting the submission and support of federal and foundation grants, the production and dissemination of the highest level of population related knowledge, and rigorous training activities that orient both undergraduate and graduate students towards population-related careers in the US and abroad. These goals are accomplished within an environment that is intellectually stimulating and demographically diverse, and which emphasizes the support and mentorship of junior-level faculty researchers as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

For more information, please read the PRC newsletter or the recent Annual Report to the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Child Development, in the Related Links box, above. (PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader software, a free download from Adobe's website.)

Debra Umberson, Director
Elizabeth Gershoff, Associate Director, Faculty Development
Pam Paxton, Associate Director, Statistical/Technical & Computing
Kelly Raley, Associate Director, Training Director
Shannon Cavanagh, Assistant Training Director

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