ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research)

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium of Political and Social Research)

ICPSR is a social science data archive affiliated with the University of Michigan. They seek research data and pertinent documents from data producers, cleans and tags the data, and shares it with researchers in a way that is searchable. 

ICPSR currently holds around 10,000 studies, 77,800 datasets, and bibliography data from 72,000 data-related publications. ICPSR curates and manages the data and makes it available to the general public, as well as provides heightened search functions, specific research, and teaching materials to its member institutions. ICPSR has over 780 member institutions worldwide; NMU became a member in 2018.

ICPSR also provides teaching materials and resources for students

The ICPSR Summer Program provides training for all levels of researchers. 


Current Student Opportunities: 


2020 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions (Undergraduate & Master's categories)

For papers on any topic using data from the ICPSR General Archive or Thematic Collections.

Awards: $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place. There are separate undergraduate and master's prizes for this competition.


  • Entrants must be current master’s or undergraduate students, or recent graduates who graduated on or after April 1, 2019. (Students who graduated before April 1, 2019, are not eligible.)
  • Entrants must be from ICPSR member institutions. (NMU is a member institution)
  • Entrants may be from the US or outside the US.



Learn more about ICPSR

Make an account with ICPSR to access member data files and privileges.

ICPSR Website

The NMU ICPSR Official Representative is Dr. Lisa Schade Eckert. 

The NMU ICPSR Designated Representative is Dr. Leslie Warren

Questions can be directed to the Graduate Education and Research Office, at graduate@nmu.edu, or 906-227-2300.