RAND Summer Institute

Man at lighthouse with binoculars

RAND is pleased to announce the 21st annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI). RSI consists of two annual conferences that address critical issues facing our aging population. The Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists on July 7–8, and the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging conference on July 9–10, 2014. We have also added an additional workshop on July 11, 2014: the Harmonized Data Workshop. Conferences and the workshop to follow will convene at the RAND Corporation headquarters in Santa Monica, California.

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 RAND Summer Institute.

We are excited to share a preliminary list of confirmed speakers at this year’s Mini-Med conference:

  • Patricia Boyle (Rush University Medical Center)
  • Judith Campisi (Buck Institute for Research on Aging/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Steve Cole (UCLA)
  • Claudio Francheschi (University of Bologna)
  • Michael Gurven (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Stephen Suomi (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)

Confirmed preliminary speakers for this year’s Aging conference are:

  • Dan Benjamin (Cornell)
  • Diane Lauderdale (University of Chicago)
  • Kathleen McGarry (UCLA)
  • John Mirowsky (UT Austin)
  • S. Jay Olshansky (UIC)
  • Arthur Stone (USC)

The agenda for the RSI Harmonized Data Workshop is as follows, and attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops if they will be staying for the workshop:

8:00 - 8:30 Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 Introduction and Overview of HRS Family of Studies Jinkook Lee
9:30 - 10:15 RAND HRS Orla Hayden
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:00 Harmonized ELSA Drystan Phillips, Sandy Chien
11:00 - 11:30 Harmonized SHARE Drystan Phillips, Sandy Chien
11:30 - 12:00 Harmonized JSTAR Drystan Phillips, Sandy Chien
12:00 Adjourn


The conferences are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

Qualified applicants must hold a Ph.D. or have completed two years of a Ph.D. program and be actively working on a dissertation. Only applicants working in the field of aging—or actively considering this research field—will be considered.

Photos and Videos of Past Events

RSI Photo Gallery — 2012

Nicole Maestas

Participants in the 2012 RAND Summer Institute — both the Mini Medical School and the Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology conference — enjoyed themselves and learned a lot from their colleagues.

Mini-Medical School — 2008

sinclair presentation

Featured speakers from the 2008 Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists included David Sinclair, Judith Campisi, Caleb Finch, David Bennett, and Steven N. Austad. The full presentations are available in video format on the RAND Web site.

Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging — 2008

lee presentation

Featured speakers from the 2008 Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging conference included Ronald Lee, David Blau, Anamaria Lusardi, David Laibson, James Banks, Ellen Peters, and James P. Smith. The full presentations are available in video format on the RAND Web site.