New Teaching Exercises

Our list of teaching exercises has been expanded significantly.

Ed Nelson (CSU Fresno) has developed a variety of additions to our collection, mostly using the 2014 General Social Survey. The most extensive of these are designed to teach introductory statistics. Together, the statistics materials could be used as a supplementary textbook, but they were written so each exercise is independent of the others. Ed has also developed exercise sets on a variety of other topics.

John Korey (Cal Poly Pomona) has contributed a series of exercises on longitudinal analysis.

SSRIC ICPSR Summer Workshop Stipends NOW CLOSED

From the Summer Program Website: The ICPSR Summer Program is recognized throughout the world as a leading program providing basic and advanced training in a wide range of methodologies and technologies for social science research. Our courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive social issues. The ICPSR Summer Program strives to provide a unique and supportive social environment which facilitates professional networking and encourages the exchange of ideas about the theory and practice of social science research.

There are several types of courses throughout the summer, ranging from 3-5 day intensive workshops to 4-week programs. For admission, apply directly to the ICPSR.

The registration fee for courses ranges from $1,500 to $4,200. Financial assistance is available from a variety of sources. Information about most of these can be found at

For details on course offerings, on how to register, or other information about the Program, visit,, email, or call (734) 763-7400.

Last updated: March 01 2022.

New Tutorials for SPSS (version 26) and PSPP

Page last updated Nov. 5, 2019

Stand-alone exercises with downloadable data sets, for use in introductory, substantive, or research methods courses in the social sciences using SPSS or other statistical software. Economic Data exercises were written by Jim Gerber, San Diego State University. All other exercises were written by Ed Nelson, Fresno State. There are two versions of the Statistics exercises, one for SPSS and the other for PSPP. All remaining exercises were written with SPSS in mind. They can probably be run with little or no modification using PSPP, but this has not been verified. For more information on PSPP, see "Notes on Using PSPP" and "Differences between PSPP and SPSS," both written by Ed Nelson.


Exercises contain a problem (theoretical or statistical), a dataset, and steps on how to answer the problem by analysis of the data set. Unlike the modules there is little or no theoretical material provided.

We hope that instructors will submit their favorite data sets and exercises to add to this location. Our homepage will provide a link to tell how to submit an exercise. As more material is added we will create a searchable index to find possible analysis exercises for a particular subject or analytical/statistical skill. The materials are available as downloadable word processing documents for printing or customizing by instructors.

Ways to Use Exercises in Class

  1. You can use them from an instructor's station in a classroom or in a computer lab for a presentation or demonstration.
  2. You can provide links to them from your on-line syllabus for regular assignments or as independent and extra credit projects, with little or no modification.
  3. Exercises and datasets can be downloaded in word processing format which you can then modify, distribute, or place on a local server.

Alphabetical List of Exercises:


49th Annual CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium, 2024

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The CSU, SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium
(formerly the CSU, SSRIC Student Research Conference)

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at San Francisco State

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Host campus: San Bernardino State Online

For additional information, contact: Dr. Eric Vogelsang, Sociology, California State University, San Bernardino,

The CSU SSRIC Social Science Student Symposium (S4, pronounced "ess four") is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences. The Council invites all undergraduates and graduate students, from all CSU campuses and California community colleges, in all areas of the social sciences, to present their research to their peers. Research that involves human or animal subjects must have appropriate institutional review.


Individual and group papers are welcome.  Participants will make oral presentations of about 12 minutes in length. Lunch will be provided to participants.

The atmosphere of the Symposium is relaxed, and the emphasis is on meeting and sharing with students with similar interests from throughout the CSU. Dress should be dressy casual.

AWARDS: Thanks to the continued generosity of Dr. Gene Geisler, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at San Francisco State and a key founding member of the SSRIC, the 2018 Symposium will include three $500 best paper awards. Other presenters may receive small amounts to help defray travel expenses. Eligibility for awards is limited to current CSU undergraduates, Master's level graduate students, and students in the first two full years of a CSU doctoral program, including recent graduates (Fall term 2017 or later) presenting work completed prior to graduation. Detailed information is provided in the Official Rules for SSRIC Symposium concerning the available monies and eligibility. 

Before you register, read the Official Rules for the SSRIC Symposium very carefully. If the Adobe Reader PDF viewer is not already installed on your device, you'll need the free download. You can also review specific examples on how to layout your abstract/paper.

To be considered for a best paper award, you must register for the Symposium and submit your full paper with your registration. Papers may not exceed 20 pages in length, not including, references, graphs, tables, or appendices. In addition, include an abstract of not more than 100 words.

If you are not interested in being considered for an award, but would like to make an oral presentation at the Symposium, register for the Symposium and post an abstract of not more than 100 words with your registration.

The Symposium will be held on the CSULB campus. CSULB does not honor parking permits from other campuses. However, parking arrangements will be made to provide complimentary parking to those who are registered for the Symposium

Check-in is at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Workstations running Microsoft Powerpoint and projection units will be available in the presentation rooms. To avoid problems in loading presentations, bring your PowerPoint file on a CD or flash drive. Presenters should bring a paper copy of their presentations in case the technology doesn't work. Be sure to let Dr. Cox know if you have any additional needs.

Special note to guests. There is no cost associated with the conference in that the individual CSU campuses subscribe to the SSRIC. The funding is fairly limited so, while guests are welcome to attend, we would ask that you not take part in the food that we will offer participants in the morning and at lunch.  We are sorry to not be able to include you in our meals.  Guests do not need to register or have a badge.  CSULB has several restaurants on the 2nd floor of the USU as well as a food court adjacent to the USU.

If you have questions, contact (in order of priority):

Attention Presenters, See handouts for: