A global leader in research and knowledge creation, Northwestern University provides an impressive research computing infrastructure
for its scholars and is attentive to the current and future computing needs of the research community. At the Kellogg School of Management, our faculty and students draw from a broad array of research resources
ranging from experimental facilities, servers for web surveys and high-end computational servers, datasets and data storage services, as well as all necessary software and training by experienced research staff.
Due to the ample resources available to our faculty and doctoral students, these scholars are producing path-breaking knowledge across disciplines – research that holds theoretical and practical importance for today's business world. Academic innovation is everywhere at Kellogg and Northwestern University:
Research Funding for PhD Students
As outlined below, Kellogg doctoral students have access to research datasets, computing platforms, statistical and research software, behavioral labs, and research subject pools through the Kellogg School of Management and Northwestern University. As part of their financial aid package, doctoral students are also provided with a Kellogg laptop.
In addition, there are opportunities for Kellogg doctoral students to request additional funding in support of their research program (e.g. funding to present research at a professional conference). When these opportunities arise, students should contact their PhD coordinators and/or research advisors. PhD students may also consider applying for a Conference Travel Grant through The Graduate School, which would supplement the travel funding received by their program.
Kellogg doctoral students are encouraged to apply for external research grants and fellowships. Opportunities may be available through the Office of Fellowships at Northwestern University.
Research Resources and Support
Learning effective ways to use research resources for experimental and behavioral data collection, statistical data analysis and computational exercises are an essential component of Kellogg's doctoral program. Empirical research, including econometric analysis, numerical simulations and conducting experiments and surveys, is an integral part of contemporary research endeavors. Over the years, more than two-thirds of the doctoral dissertations produced at Kellogg have included some empirical component.
Kellogg doctoral students have access to datasets maintained by Kellogg, such as Standard & Poor's Compustat, Center for Research in Security Prices data, Datastream Research Services and SDC Platinum, among many other data sources. Northwestern University Library's Social Science Data Services unit manages institutional subscriptions to some of the most important data repositories in the world. Projects that demand a high-end computing environment can be carried out using the Kellogg School's computing platforms/servers, such as LINUX server or the LINUX-based Social Science Computing Cluster. For software, doctoral students have access to Gauss, MediaLab, Mathematica, Matlab, RATS, SAS, Scientific Workplace, SPSS, Stata, and more.
The Kellogg School's research facilities include two experimental and behavioral laboratories with special areas for video recording, control and observation. These labs are reserved for Kellogg faculty and students. The laboratories consist of two large rooms with workstations and adjoining rooms for small-group experiments, as well as a special room for recording, control and observation. Faculty and students draw from three subject pools that contain thousands of participants managed by our research support staff: two pools of approximately 4,000 and 3,700 participants, mostly Northwestern undergraduates, and a third pool, dubbed "eLab," with more than 6,800 local and non-local participants recruited nationwide.
Doctoral students also can take advantage of the Kellogg School's research support group that offers consultative services in statistical and experimental methods, as well as training in statistical and mathematical applications, and on the use of business research datasets.
Kellogg Research Centers
A variety of research centers foster and support collaborative research between faculty members and graduate students in various disciplines, both within Kellogg and throughout Northwestern University. Sponsored workshops, seminars and visiting lectures attract distinguished scholars from around the world and promote interaction among Kellogg faculty, doctoral students and management practitioners. Advisory groups associated with the research centers feature leaders in the relevant fields. For a complete list, visit the Research Centers site.
Libraries at Northwestern University
Northwestern University Library is one of the largest university libraries in the United States, and is ranked among the top 10 in holdings among US private universities. The library has more than 5.4 million volumes and 109,000 current journals and serials – more than 90% is accessible electronically. More than 73,000 e-books were added to the Library's collection in 2010, and there are 52 terabytes of unique digital content (NUL). As noted above, Northwestern University Library's Social Science Data Services unit manages institutional data subscriptions.
Two other libraries on the Evanston campus often used by Kellogg students are the Mathematics Library, with its collection of 34,000 volumes in pure mathematics and statistics, and the Seeley G. Mudd Science and Engineering Library (aka "Tech Library"), with its collection of more than 345,000 books and journal volumes covering the fields of science, engineering, and applied mathematics. Students also have access to resources from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan and UBorrow, a consortium of 13 research libraries. Students may also make an appointment with research consultants for assistance on projects.
Enrolling in Courses Outside of Northwestern University
Northwestern University is affiliated with the Traveling Scholar Program sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a consortium of the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. The program allows doctoral students to take classes at other schools for credit at Northwestern. Students who wish to participate in this program may obtain the appropriate forms and information on deadlines and specific conditions of enrollment through Northwestern's Graduate School.