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Research Support Group

The Research Support Group provides consultation for faculty in carrying out qualitative and/or quantitative research, as well as a forum for presenting ideas that use statistics. The Group provides advice on research design, data collection, and statistical analysis. This advice can apply to faculty research intended for academic publication or for sponsored faculty research. Previous work has included projects funded by both public and private groups.


Teaching faculty may utilize the CTRL Lab when using computer-based statistical software in classroom instruction. Faculty may request tutorials for their classes offered either during the faculty member's class time or outside of class hours; consult with the Group's staff regarding specific needs. Faculty members may also request one-on-one research tutorials for professional development.

The CTRL Lab provides an outlet for receiving feedback on statistical research through the Research Events it sponsors. The series includes both seminars on advanced methods as well as forums for discussing preliminary statistical research findings. The series has discussed a variety of methods, ranging from using satellite data for measuring climate change to compiling indicators to forecast cases of conflict and environment.

American University is a member institute in the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. ICPSR gathers, maintains and disburses a large number of data sets to users interested in Social Science research. This data is available to the entire university community for research purposes. The manager of the CTRL Lab serves as an official ICPSR representative. To order ICPSR data, please contact the CTRL Lab or for individual assistance with the use of ICPSR data and research methodology, please make an appointment with one of the CTRL Lab staff members.

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CTRL Lab Info

Fall & Spring Hours:
Mon - Thur: 9:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri: 9:30 am - 7 pm
Sat: 12 pm - 7 pm
Sun: Closed

Summer & Winter Break Hours:
Mon - Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sat - Sun: Closed

Hurst Hall, Room 202

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Chat with a Consultant

For help with CTRL supported activities, visit the lab during business hours, call 202-885-3862, email For people who are traveling, we can arrange for support via Skype - contact us for more information.