Social Science Research

“The fundamental concept in social science is power, in the same sense in which energy is the fundamental concept in physics.” - Bertrand Russell

The social sciences are an array of disciplines that use the scientific method to study human interactions from different angles, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, linguistics, archaeology, human geography, and political science. Research in social science consists of gathering and analyzing data to help answer specific questions about human behavior and society in these various domains. Social scientists make use of quantitative research through running statistical analyses as well as qualitative research through conducting interviews and surveys, making observations, and consulting primary sources. If you’re interested in both the rigor of science and the humanistic perspective of the humanities, consider doing research in the social sciences!

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Social Science scholars

Abigail Upton
Abigail Upton
Lowell High School
Polygence Scholar 2022
Symposium Presenter

Project: “How well do High Schools in California implement mental health resources and how can they be most helpful and accessible to students?“

Arnav Patwardhan
Arnav Patwardhan
Tenafly High School
Polygence Scholar 2022
Symposium Presenter

Project: “The Role of Teacher-Student Interactions in the Development of Student Confidence in STEM Classrooms“

Clay Carson
Clay Carson
Monta Vista High School
Polygence Scholar 2021
Symposium Presenter

Project: “How do countries from different regions of the world contribute to and feel the effects of climate change? In what ways are leaders and communities politically and socially responding to it?“