Welcome to Math Camp

Welcome Government Ph.D. students:

My name is Hans Noel. Because quantitative methods involves a good bit of math, and because many students’ math backgrounds are more rusty than they would like, most political science programs hold a math camp before classes start. We are no different.

Math camp is optional, but we strongly encourage everyone to attend. If your math skills are at all shaky, you’ll be glad you did. When difficult concepts turn up in 701, you will be more prepared.  Even if your math background is fairly strong, you may still benefit from participating.

A few introductory details about the class follow. Please check back at this website for more information.

  • When: August 21 to 25. Plan to be on campus from 9 to 5 every day that week. There will be breaks, including for lunch. A more detailed schedule will be posted on this website when it is available.
  • Where: ICC 234.
  • Who: The primary instructor for the class will be Paula Ganga, who will be assisted by Alexander Podkul. They are both advanced graduate students in the Government Department, and they know our program well. They are outstanding teachers and scholars, and I am sure you’ll get a lot out of working with them.
  • Textbook: A Mathematics Course For Political and Social Research by William Moore and David Siegel (Princeton University Press). You can buy a hard copy at one of those links, or you can access an electronic copy through Georgetown’s library.
  • What can I do to prepare? We get this question a lot. My advice is to take advantage of your last summer before grad school to not be a student. But if you want, many of the chapters in Moore and Siegel have a parallel online video discussing them, and you may want to explore those.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. And if you know you can or cannot attend, it is helpful to let us know. There is no registration, but we do need to get a headcount.