CCPR Trainees are primarily drawn from three UCLA academic departments: Economics and Sociology in the College of Letters and Science, and Community Health Sciences (CHS) in the School of Public Health. Students obtain interdisciplinary training in population studies but fulfill the degree requirements of one of these disciplines. The requirements vary across the programs but all trainees are expected to attend the Population Training Seminar , take coursework in population and demography, and gain practical experience on interdisciplinary research projects. A distinguishing feature of CCPR’s program is that students typically take courses outside their home department, in order to develop a broad-based knowledge of demography and related areas, such as fertility and family planning, health, or the environment. Students involved in research are typically mentored by one or more CCPR-affiliated faculty. The objective is for the student to learn the craft of demography research through hands on experience through close collaboration with one or more experienced demogrphic researchers and to ultimately produce or assist in producing a genuine research product.
The Population Seminar is a key feature of training at CCPR. It at least meets two or three times a month, and often weekly. It is the predominant venue for the presentation of demographic research by CCPR faculty members, other UCLA researchers engaged in work of demographic interest, and off-campus visitors to UCLA. Audiences typically include CCPR-affiliated faculty and students from departments across campus. By attending this seminar trainees are exposed to a wide range of research styles and topics. They learn to listen to research presentations with an ear toward developing constructive criticisms of the work being presented and they have an opportunity to meet a variety of leaders in the field. The seminar is also a good source of research ideas for students at all stages of their degree program.
The Proseminar Lunch is intended to offer graduate students an opportunity for open-ended, informal discussion with the guest speaker that will contribute to their professional socialization. We hope that conversation will extend beyond talk itself to include practical issues in research, publication and career development. Speakers are welcome to share their observations on the field of demography, their own discipline or are of interest. Students appreciate informal insights into nuts-and-bolts in the craft of research, including the selection of topics, the collection of data, and strategies for publication.
Population Association of America
The Population Association of America (PAA) meetings are another important source of ideas and an opportunity to see research presentations by a wide array of population experts. As a part of CCPR’s program, trainees are encouraged early in their careers to begin submitting papers for presentation at the PAA meetings. CCPR typically provides support to trainees to help them attend PAA.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
CCPR affiliated graduate students are eligible for support in the form of NICHD traineeships as a result of a T32 training grant awarded to CCPR.