Advancing Research

Research poster presentation

Our team of research methodology and technology experts uses specific knowledge of liberal arts disciplines to tailor support to the needs of researchers. We are charged by the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs with enhancing the quality of research throughout the College.

Research Data and Tools Workshops

We offer workshops throughout the year on a variety of topics, as well as on tools used for research. Topics include Reproducible Research, Mixed-methods Research, Reshaping and Merging Data; as well as introductions to R, Python, and Linux. Workshops are free and open to faculty, grad students, and staff from across the University.

Research Planning

We help faculty and grad students with many planning topics, including data management, workflow plans, IRB documentation and planning, and grants documentation. Talking with us before submitting grant applications or IRB protocols can ensure a more successful research project.

Data and Scholarly Materials Management

We can help you make important decisions about how to manage your data and scholarly materials, and with what tools and systems. Several factors, such as the sensitivity of materials, needs of participants and collaborators, and expectations of funders and publishers, can affect choices in data management.  We can help navigate these choices.

Data Collection and Acquisition

We offer extensive resources and experience for data collection and acquisition. We offer software for both online and in-person collection, host a 36-seat lab for research participants, and support the acquisition of extant data, such as social media data, through tools and custom coding according to the needs of the researcher.

Data Analysis

We have several resources for data analysis, including a compute cluster with a variety of standard and specialized quantitative and qualitative analysis software, as well as statistical consulting offered in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Statistics and its Applications (IRSA) and the School of Statistics.

Social sciences cluster computing (compute.cla)

Our 400-core Linux cluster computing environment, known as compute.cla, provides a responsive and convenient environment for social science researchers to develop and run computational tasks that don't require the resources provided by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute. This small cluster is specifically tailored to the needs of liberal arts researchers.

Research software

CLA provides a wide array of software for liberal arts research of all kinds.  We have recently worked out a college-wide license for NVivo, for example, and we maintain licenses for all the major licensed statistical packages.  Before you spend your resources on software licenses, check with us to see if we provide it.

Humanities Projects Support

We are developing richer support for humanities projects of all types. For example, we can help make the process of researching and writing books and articles more manageable; however, the application of technology needs to be customized to each individual's unique needs. We are partnering with faculty, deans, and departments to learn more to make these services a success. Email us to get started.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory (SBSL)

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Laboratory is a stable and dedicated environment of 36 workstations for research use by IRB-approved projects. The lab is suitable to explore any treatment administered by computer to human participants and has been specifically engineered for precision-timing research through a funding partnership of CLA, Carlson School of Management, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Advanced Imaging Service for Objects and Spaces (AISOS)

The Advanced Imaging Service for Objects and Spaces is a dedicated facility for macro- and meso-scale imaging of objects in 2D and 3D. It houses advanced technology for exploring objects and artifacts with new levels of precision. AISOS is a joint project between the Department of Anthropology, researchers from departments across campus, and LATIS.

If you would like to talk with us about your research project, learn more about any of the above LATIS services,
or need help navigating research services at the University of Minnesota, send us an email at

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