Student Research

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    The College of Social Work is committed to supporting student research. Students at the BSSW and MSW degree levels learn to use science-based evidence to guide their practice, and the use of scientific method to evaluate their efforts is a key aspect of our curricula. At the doctoral level, students engage independent inquiry related to a number of important topics. Below are some of the research supports available to our students.





    University Libraries provides the College of Social Work with a librarian trained to help students find resources in the vast OSU library system. To contact our librarian, visit


    The College Research Office supports doctoral students in developing and submitting grant proposals and contracts. With several decades of combined research experience, the staff of the Research Office is available to assist with all of your pre- and post-award needs. Visit the Contact Us page to learn more.


    The college has a highly skilled IT department and supports a range of industry standard software including SPSS, SAS, STATA, HLM, MPlus, AMOS, Qualtrics, and ATLAS.ti. For support in this area contact Kayla Luttrell (


    RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool you can use to collect, store and organize citations for multiple research papers and projects. RefWorks is available free to all OSU students. RefWorks works with Word or other word processing software to create bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds. Visit to set up your free account.


    The College of Social Work encourages students to present their research findings, and aims to provide the tools and resources necessary to make this happen. Poster templates are available at and can be printed in-house with the approval of a supporting faculty member. Contact Byron Roush ( with any printing requests.