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2018 Post-Prefresher Friday, at Farewell Party for FAS Dean Mike Smith
 The 2018 Math Prefresher for Political Scientists took place from Monday, August 20 2018 to Wednesday, August 29 2018 in CGIS Knafel 354, with a three day break from August 25 to August 27 in between. Our main text is open-source here

 

Math prefresher (or “math camp”) programs in political science invite newly admitted PhD students to graduate school a week or two before their official start date to attend classes on math, statistics, computer science, and related technical material designed specially for them. At Harvard's Department of Government, we have welcomed students to the prefresher since 1995.  No grades are assigned. No individual attendance records are kept. The program is entirely voluntary, but almost all students usually choose to attend the entire program, regardless of background or interests. A faculty advisor organizes and guides the program and senior graduate students serve as instructors.

The program turns out to have substantial benefits well beyond the specific technical material learned, such as building camaraderie among the entering class, making connections with senior graduate students, showcasing pathways to learn different methodologies useful for political science research, and easing the transition from undergraduates studying mostly on their own to graduate school where most work collaboratively. 

 

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Shiro Kuriwaki, Instructor
kuriwaki@g.harvard.edu

 

Yon Soo Park, Instructor
yonsoo_park@g.harvard.edu

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Gary King, Faculty Adviser
king@harvard.edu