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About the Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute

At the Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute (SQRI), students will learn how to think like a social scientist by not only receiving instruction in how they study the world, but by designing and engaging in a sustained, three-week collaborative research project with peers and their faculty mentors.  Students in SQRI will present their analyses and results in writing and in public presentations, culminating at the end of the program in an oral exposition of their project's findings using text, figures, and graphs.  In short, SQRI will provide students with a realistic glimpse of what Carleton students experience when they develop their quantitative reasoning skills as a social science major in pursuit of careers in such diverse fields as law, science, academics, public policy and public administration, journalism, and information technology.  

During their time at SQRI, students will rotate through three, one week courses which use statistical tools to focus on important concepts within the discipline and in the field of the faculty member.  In their courses, students will gain an understanding of how to use quantitative data to both support their own arguments and evaluate the arguments of others.   


The Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute is a residential program that requires full time residence at Carleton College for the duration of the program.  Participants are expected to remain on campus, with the exception of SQRI-sponsored excursions.  Only in cases on emergency and with the express approval of the Director of Summer Academic Programs, will a participant be permitted to take time away from the program.  No exceptions will be made.

Credit Information

The Summer Quantitative Reasoning Institute faculty provides a written evaluation of each student's participation soon after their completion of SQRI. Six Carleton credit hours, equivalent to approximately three semester credit hours, are awarded to participants who successfully complete SQRI.  While these credits do typically transfer to other colleges and universities, it is at the sole discretion of individual institutions to determine the acceptability of these credits.


Classes:  Mornings are dedicated to course work and hands-on activities led by SQRI faculty and Carleton College undergraduate Research Assistants.  Each course focuses on the most important general concepts in the field of that particular faculty member.  Participants will experience all three courses.

Guided Research:  In the afternoon, the SQRI faculty work with a self-selected group of students (12-15 per group) for all three weeks.  Research topics vary from year to year and depend on faculty and student interests.

Evening Discussions:  These informal discussions are organized by the Carleton College undergraduate Research Assistants and Resident Assistants.  The purpose is to provide a forum for informal discussion about emerging questions in science, technology, ethics, public policy, writing, or any other topical issues may be relevant.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to SQRI.  Those who travel by air should plan to use the Minneapolis/St Paul (MSP) International Airport.  An airport shuttle bus to and from the campus will be available for a small transportation fee.  Carleton College is located in Northfield, Minnesota, approximately 45 minutes south of the airport.  Additional details will accompany the acceptance materials.

Summer Academic Programs