Wayne State University

Student research opportunities

S.M.A.R.T.: The Student Mentor Applied Research Team 

The S.M.A.R.T. Learning Community 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. SMART is a cross-program (BSW, MSW, and PhD) learning 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 S.M.A.R.T. please contact Caitlin Brown at caitlinmb@wayne.edu.

Read about S.M.A.R.T. involvement in multidisciplinary research on antibiotic use.

S.M.A.R.T. meetings will begin September 2017!

S.M.A.R.T. by the numbers

In 2015-2016 over 60 students participated in S.M.A.R.T. activities and 38 students were matched with faculty.

S.M.A.R.T. 2015-2016 Fact Sheet (PDF)

Research Tutoring

Peer research tutoring is now available for BSW & MSW students. 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 Lauren Notoriano)

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 and S.M.A.R.T. participant Lauren Notoriano received a UROP award during Spring/Summer and Fall of 2016. Lauren worked with assistant professor Jamey Lister on a project titled, "Hardships and needs of person with heroin-dependency: A grounded theory of what social workers need to know."