Social Sciences and Humanities Facilities

Find information below on core facilities for analysis in the social or behavioral sciences or the humanities.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Labs

There are various lab facilities on campus that serve the needs of GIS users. Some of these facilities are open to ALL faculty, staff, and students. Other labs are reserved for members of particular departments.

Hack Arts Lab

HAL provides an open-access laboratory for creative digital fabrication and visualization. This makerspace-styled workshop is designed to support a breadth of activity ranging from undergraduate projects to faculty-led exploration.

Logan Center Shop

The Logan Center Shop is a dynamic production and instructional center on the first floor of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. The Shop supports two primary user groups: students and faculty in the Department of Visual Arts and the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. The Logan Shop also supports a few student-generated projects not directly affiliated with DoVA or TAPS programming, accepted quarterly through a proposal process.

Logan Media Center

A joint effort of the Humanities Division, Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, the Logan Media Center (LMC) supports the arts at UChicago by providing AV equipment, production space, software, and technical training.

MRI Research Center

Research at the MRIRC includes development of new fMRI methods, MRI methods for characterizing stroke, breast and prostate cancer imaging, use of quantitative MRI in clinical trials, including improvements in quantitative MRI methods, and development of new cardiac imaging methods.


NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, NORC has conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with NORC to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.

Social Sciences Computing Services

Social Sciences Computing Services is made up of several distinct support teams that provide the following services to the Social Sciences Division: desktop support, administrative support, server support, social sciences data archive, and geographic information systems and science.

The Survey Lab

The Survey Lab is a research center in the Division of the Social Sciences that collects social scientific data and trains students in data collection methods. Staff collaborate with academic researchers, nonprofit organizations, and university administrators in a variety of areas including childcare, health, hunger, sexuality, education and the arts.