The PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund

Alumni Support for PSC Trainees

The PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund, initiated in 2012, provides early-stage research awards to promising PSC trainees.

With research funds increasingly constrained and demand for demographic analyses rising, graduate students can benefit significantly from seed money to support their research activities.

The generosity of PSC alums has made possible the establishment of this fund to help advance the beginning careers of PSC trainees and develop the next generation of demographers at the Population Studies Center.

Browse recipients of PSC Small Grant Awards.


PSC Alums On Why They Support The Fund

Paul CheungPaul Cheung, Director, United Nations Statistics Division

“I am very glad to be part of a large community of alumni and friends actively supporting the work of the Population Studies Center. I benefited tremendously from an excellent training program in PSC while I was studying in Michigan. Through the Hermalin and Freedman Funds, and now the PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund, I am confident that PSC will continue its excellent track record in training the future leaders in demography and social science research.”

Linda WaiteLinda Waite, Professor of Sociology, University of Chicago; Senior Fellow, NORC

“PSC is a one-of-a-kind sort of place that combines Midwestern values of hard work, thrift, fun, and creativity of the demographic variety, which is, of course, like no other. It wasn’t always an easy place because there was so much to measure up to, but one could always find support and friendship, someone to discuss the odd ideas with, and often someone with some odd ideas of their own to talk about. I am grateful for my years at Pop Studies and smiled when I learned that one of my undergraduate students has landed there for a post-doc, knowing she will try her own odd ideas out and find people to talk to about them. For all of these reasons, I have contributed to PSC in the past and will continue to do so.”

John CzajkaJohn Czajka, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research

“I have been more than happy to respond to Center fundraising efforts in the past, and I welcome this new opportunity. These occasions have given me a way to express my appreciation for the valuable education that Center funds and Center faculty provided to me. Best of all, my contributions have benefitted current and future students.”

Maxine WeinsteinMaxine Weinstein, Distinguished Professor, Georgetown University

“The Pop Studies Center gave me a second chance at demography. How could I possibly forget the generous support – both financial and moral – the gracious welcome, and the many years of mentoring during and after my time there? Contributing to the Center is a small way of paying it forward.”

Jack GoodmanJack Goodman, Consultant and CEO, Hartrey Advisors

“Over the years I haven’t been all that good about giving back to the institution that not only financed my graduate education but also provided such a warm environment for both work and play. I mailed in a contribution to PSC on Monday. I’m not a rich guy, but it is the single largest check I’ve ever written to a worthy cause. I hope to be able to continue that support in the future.”

Joan KahnJoan Kahn, Associate Professor of Sociology; Associate Director, Maryland Population Research Center

“I give to PSC in appreciation for all that I gained during my graduate school years. I feel I had first-rate training and was offered tremendous opportunities to learn the craft of research. To this day, decades later, I still feel a strong affinity with PSC and the many friends and colleagues with whom I share this connection. Giving back to PSC helps me feel like I am keeping these connections alive for future generations of demographers.”

Howard IamsHoward Iams, Senior Research Advisor, Social Security Administration

“PSC provided a very supportive atmosphere when I worked on a dissertation in the early 1970s. It created a wonderful place for a graduate student to begin engagement in the research process and influenced my research work on Social Security over the years including studies of sex differentials in the retirement process and economic well-being. I contribute to the Freedman and Mueller fund in order support the research process for graduate students and faculty at the Center.”