The Joint Program in Survey Methodology offers a variety of short courses. Be sure to bookmark this new website address. JPSM offers Fellowships to qualified registrants from groups traditionally under-represented in the field.

Title Dates Instructors Location Register
Leveraging New Technologies for Understanding Attitudes and Behaviors February 27, 2019 - February 28, 2019
  • Michael Link
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Writing Questions for Surveys March 25, 2019 - March 26, 2019
  • Nora Cate Schaeffer
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Machine Learning for Survey Data April 10, 2019 - April 11, 2019
  • Trent Buskirk
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Web Survey Design April 24, 2019 - April 25, 2019
  • Florian Keusch
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Introduction to Survey Estimation May 29, 2019 - May 30, 2019
  • David Morganstein
  • Sunghee Lee
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Registrants will receive a fee discount if payment is made by September 30, 2018 for any course listed on the 2018-2019 schedule. The early payment discounted fees are as follows:

1-Day Course:

  • $475 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $575 for other participants

2-Day Course:

  • $650 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $850 for other participants

Fees and awards are not transferable due to nonattendance. The course fees are as follows:

1-Day Course:

  • $500 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $600 for other participants

2-Day Course:

  • $700 for Federal Employees and full-time university students
  • $900 for other participants

Online registration is required. The registration deadline is 5 business days prior to the class start date. Confirmation of acceptance will be sent after the registration form and payment have been processed. Payment by credit card is required. Payment is due at the time of registration. Payments are course and date specific. Please note – if payment is not received at the time of registration, the registrant’s form will be deleted. Registrants are responsible for keeping track of their registrations and course dates. Contact JPSM if you have any questions concerning the status of the registration.


Tax Identification Number (University of Maryland): 55-6002003, DUNS (University of Maryland): 808124564

  • The online registration form must be completed to reserve a seat in the course and choosing Fellowship Applicant.
  • A 500-word essay describing their reasons for wanting to attend this short course and how their participation will enhance their chosen career path. The essay should indicate the applicant’s background (i.e. African-American, Latino, Hispanic American, or Native American Indian) and why financial support is needed.
  • A letter of recommendation written by a person knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude and interest in survey methodology. The online registration form, essay, and letter of recommendation are due 30 days before the start-date of the reserved short course seat. JPSM will evaluate the applications and inform the successful applicants no later than 10 business days prior to the requested course start-date. The fellowship covers the registration fee, materials to be distributed during the course and the JPSM group continental breakfasts, lunches and breaks. The essay and letter of recommendation may be faxed to 301.314.7912 or emailed to jpsm-shortcourse [at] umd [dot] edu

Please notify JPSM as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Fees and awards are not transferrable due to nonattendance. Cancellation requests should be done online. You will be fully reimbursed if you cancel prior to 5 business days before the start of class. Cancellation on or less than 5 business days before the class start date is subject to the full fee amount.

The Janet Norwood Conference and Training Center (JNCTC)

Postal Square, Building, 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20212-0001Classroom: Conference Rooms 1-2-3, Conference Center: 202.691.6630

The course will be held at Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center in Washington DC. Attendees are required to enter through the visitor entrance on First Street NE (between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street, NE) across from Union Station. Do not use the main entrance on 2 Massachusetts Avenue. Please note that food is not allowed in the classroom. Only drinks with caps or lids are allowed into the classroom.

All visitors must present a valid photo ID at the visitor’s entrance and pick up a visitor’s badge. Visitors and packages will be processed through the x-ray and metal detector screening equipment. Equipment brought into BLS requires property passes. Equipment passes can be picked up from the receptionist. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow enough time to go through security. Attendees must also check-in with JPSM onsite assistant each day of the course.

Contact your LAN department in advance to see if the URL can be added as an authorized site. The center has open unsecured public Wi-Fi access. Some browsers, such as Chrome, are not compatible. The conference rooms are equipped with repeaters which ensures the wireless signal is transmitted throughout the conference center. Users must accept pop-ups to accept the terms of the Wi-Fi and to enter the log-in credentials. If your computer is government issued or company issued the user may not be able to modify the security settings which allows access to the CTC_Guest network.

Individuals are responsible for making their own overnight room reservations and for payment.

  • Amtrak
  • Best Parking
  • MARC Train
  • Washington DC Parking
  • Parkingcarma
  • Parkopedia
  • Parkwhiz
  • Spot Hero
  • SuperShuttle
  • Union Station Information
  • VRE Train
  • WMATA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • WMATA Union Station

METRO RAIL Union Station (Red Line): 


701 First Street. NE, Washington, DC 20002


Entrance 1: East side of First Street., NW, (west side Union Station)

Entrance 2: Massachusetts Avenue (entrance to Amtrak Terminal)


Metro Directions:

Traveling by metro is preferred. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is located across the street from Union Station. Take the Metro Red Line to Union Station. Exit the platform at the North end of the station (exit that says to Amtrak trains). There is a doorway exit to the left of the turnstiles and manager’s kiosk. Go out that door instead of taking the escalator up to Union Station and straight across the street is the visitor’s entrance to BLS.


TRAIN Union Station:

Amtrak, MARC and VRE



Registrants are responsible for parking fees. Parking is available in a number of commercial parking lots within a 1-4 block radius. Daily parking fees range from $14-20.


Colonial Parking:

750 1st St NE (between G Pl NE-H St NE)


Colonial Parking:

810 1st St NE (at H St NW)


Colonial Parking:

1 Massachusetts Ave NW (between F St NW – G St NW)


Colonial Parking:

25 Massachusetts Ave NW (between N Capitol Ave NW – New Jersey Ave NW)


Colonial Parking (Union Station):

30 Massachusetts Ave NE (between 1st Street NE – 2nd St NE)


Altman’s parking:

50 Massachusetts Ave NW (between N Capitol St NW - New Jersey Ave NW)


Colonial Parking:

15 F St NW (between 1st St NW-N Capitol St NW)


PMI Garage:

10 G St NE (between 1st St NE – N Capitol St NE)


Colonial Parking:

400 N Capitol St (between D St NW – E St NW)


Quimper Inc.:

777 N Capitol St NE (between G Pl NE – H St NE)


MarcParc Garage:

825 N Capitol St NW (between H St NE – K St NE)


Central Parking System Inc.:

400 New Jersey Ave NW (between D St NW – E St NW)



From the East:

Follow New York Avenue (west) into the city. Turn left on First Street, N.E. The building will be on your right. The building is on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.


From the West or North:

Take Capital Beltway. Exit on New Hampshire Avenue (south). New Hampshire Avenue turns into North Capitol Street when you enter the District of Columbia. Keep driving south on North Capitol to Massachusetts Avenue. The building will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.


From the South:

Follow I-395 north. Take Massachusetts Avenue exit. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue (going east). The building will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.





Ground Transportation at DCA Ronald Reagan Washington National


Airport Metro Stop (Metro Blue & Yellow Line):

The Washington, DC Metrorail system has an elevated Metro Rail station connected to the concourse level at Reagan National Airport. Take the Blue Line towards Largo Town. Transfer to the Red Line at Center Metro Station transfer to the Red Line. Go towards Silver Spring or Glenmont Metro. Exit at the Union Station Metro Station.


DCA Metro Access:

In DCA Terminals B and C there are connecting pedestrian bridges to the metro station. If exiting from DCA Terminal A go to the street side curb. Board an “Airport Shuttle” bus. At the stops for Parking Garages B and C (bus shelter #3 and bus shelter #5) you may access an enclosed bridge which connects to the Metrorail station.


Super Shuttle:

Ticket counters located in Terminal B and C baggage claim area located next to doors 4 and 9. Ticket counters are open daily from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Guests arriving in Terminal A should precede outside to the Super Shuttle loading area immediately outside the Terminal A door. Call 800.258.3826 for assistance. IAD – DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (28.7 mi)



Ground Transportation at BWI 

Questions for this course should be directed to the JPSM Short Course, University of Maryland, 1218 Lefrak Hall, College Park, MD 20742.

Phone: 301-314-7911

Fax: 301-314- 7912

Email: jpsm-shortcourse [at] umd [dot] edu