About the S4 GIS Institute

The Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) GIS Institute is an intensive two-week course focused on visualization, management, and analysis of geographic data.  The GIS institute is a partnership between S4, the Brown University Libraries, EarthLab, and the Population Studies and Training Center.  The GIS institute allows participants to refine and/or develop spatial/geographic research questions with guidance and critical feedback from Brown University faculty.  For additional information about the Institute, see the News and Announcements section of the site.  The Institute flyer can be found here.

Doctoral students who complete the institute will become S4 Fellows (for more information on the Fellows program, click here).  Through a mix of lectures, exercises, and faculty guided discussions the GIS institute provides a broad based multi-disciplinary introduction to spatial analysis and spatial data visualization.  Participants have the opportunity to build databases and skills that will be of immediate use in their research.