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April 23, 2014

Welcome!

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students of the Center for Survey Research at the University of Texas–Pan American (UTPA), I welcome you to our website.

The Center for Survey Research (CSR) was founded in 1998 and is home to many researchers, graduate and undergraduate students and staff. The CSR at the University of Texas – Pan American was created by a former Dean, James Lamar, in 1998, with help from Dr. Jerry Polinard and Dr. Robert Wrinkle and has a long history of excellence in social science research. Since its inception, the Center has completed a number of studies that have been used in scholarly research journals such as Politics, Identities & Groups, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and the State and Local Government Review.

The Center provides a wide variety of research and consultation services to academic, public, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as individuals. Full-time, bi-lingual trained staff is prepared to develop and administer surveys for a wide range of needs, including, but not limited to, public polling, market research, academic assessments, academic research and the like. Large or small project proposals are welcomed. The Center is prepared to conduct surveys and interviews in both English and Spanish. We assist not only in the design and administration of surveys, but also help clients to decide what questions they would like to ask and in framing those questions so that they will provide clear and effective answers.

We have a very active group of graduate students and our faculty teaches an array of courses within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences while our very active public education and outreach programs stretch throughout the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. The CSR partners with community stakeholders and academics to engage the community in an annual survey called the Pulse of the Valley. Each spring students are trained and a political attitudes poll or survey is administered to ascertain which issues local residents perceive as most pressing, as well as what political or policy preferences they hold. An executive summary of the survey findings is publicly available. The Pulse of the Valley study provides an opportunity to share the resources and scholarship of UTPA faculty with community members and leaders while simultaneously providing professional and academic development opportunities for our graduate and undergraduate students. The overall goal of this project is to provide decision makers, scholars, and communities with the best possible information to forge solutions for the problems and challenges facing the Rio Grande Valley.

The CSR staff and I look forward to hearing from you,

Jessica Lavariega Monforti, PhD
Director, Center for Survey Research

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