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.

Upcoming workshops:
Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Thursday, January 25, 2018 and Thursday, February 22, 2018
2:30-4:00pm in room 1114 Old Main

Come and diversify your social work skills through learning about interview techniques, survey design and much more at the Methods of Data Collection and Analysis Workshops!

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Learn about opportunities to work with faculty on research, hear from a student about her collaboration with a faculty member and learn about different research designs

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!

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

(From left: Jamey Lister and Joseph Urbiel)

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."

SPSS Resources

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