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Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Social Work are actively engaged in a wide variety of research. During the past decade department members have been awarded nearly a million dollars in research grants from the Lilly Endowment, Michigan Department of Education, the Aspen Institute, the Reformed Church in America, and several other funding agencies. Majors are encouraged to collaborate with faculty on research and to participate in the presentation and publication of their findings.
Students have open access to state-of-the-art research equipment. The department is located in Van Zoeren Hall. The Frost Center for Social Science Research is located in the Anderson Werkman Financial Center. In addition to a large electronic library of social science data, the department has access to a computer assisted telephone interviewing system (CATI), quantitative and qualitative data analysis software packages, an optical scanner, and a local area network of computers for student use.
General topics of collaborative faculty-student research have included:
For more information about research opportunities contact Professor Deborah Sturtevant, Chair, Department of Sociology and Social Work.
David Blystra attends the National Conference on Undergraduate Reearch at Weber College in Utah - 2012