Wayne State University

Student Research Opportunities

Social Work Student Research Community

The Social Work Student Research Community (formerly known as S.M.A.R.T.) was founded in 2010 to promote, develop, and sustain an environment in which Social Work students are afforded the opportunity to work together to apply theoretical foundations for research (taught in the classroom) to the real world. Social Work Student Research Community is a cross-program (BSW, MSW, and PhD) community designed to provide opportunities for students to meet and discuss the various stages of research and research relevant topics, attend professional development workshops and Brown Bags, and collaborate with social work faculty. In other words, participate in a culture of learning that emphasizes the importance and value of research competence in the field of social work.

For more information on Social Work Student Research Community please contact Caitlin Brown at caitlinmb@wayne.edu.


Social Work Student Research Community workshops will begin September 2017!

First workshop: Wednesday September 20th, 2017
2:30-4:00pm in room 1111 Old Main

Where to start?
How to develop an appropriate research question, search for literature and organize what you find



Social Work Student Research Community by the numbers

In 2016-2017 over 80 students participated in Social Work Student Research Community blackboard site, 15 students attended meetings over the course of the year, and 19 students were matched with faculty.

Social Work students have been involved in research by assisting faculty with:

  • Literature searches and literature reviews
  • Survey administration
  • Conducting focus groups
  • Interviewing research participants
  • Transcription and qualitative coding
  • Data analysis
  • Writing of manuscripts to submit to peer-reviewed journals


Learn more about Social Work students' involvement in Social Work research!


Research Tutoring

Peer research tutoring is now available for BSW & MSW students. Peer tutors provided 51 hours of research tutoring with 32 student attendees. Come ask your research-related questions! Tutors can assist with research-related concepts, content and SPSS.

Email Caitlin Brown to make an appointment, caitlinmb@wayne.edu.

All tutoring sessions will be held in the School of Social Work (5447 Woodward Ave). More details will be sent once appointments are made. Appointments must be made and any supporting documents must be sent at least 48 hours before the requested appointment time. We also request you make appointments at least 1 week before an assignment is due.

SPSS Resources

View full list of SPSS resources and public datasets (PDF)

(From left: Jamey Lister and Joseph Urbiel)

Undergraduate research opportunities

Wayne State University UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) offers exciting avenues for undergraduate students to engage in research including hands-on research experience, grant funding opportunities, conference participation, and assistance finding research internships, training programs and faculty mentors.

School of Social Work BSW student Joseph Urbiel received a UROP award during Spring/Summer and Fall of 2017. Joseph works with assistant professor Jamey Lister on a project titled, "Injection Opiod Use among Black Patients at an Urban Methadone Clinic: An Evaluation of Risk/Protective Factors to Injection Status."