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21st National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work

The College community is invited to attend the 21st National Symposium for Doctoral Research in Social Work on April 18, 2009 from 8:30-12:30 in Stillman HallOSU President Dr. E. Gordon Gee will be on hand to welcome our distinguished speakers, students, alumni and faculty.

The keynote address, “Prevention Science and Adolescent Problem Behavior: Advances and Opportunities” is to be delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Jenson, the Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk  and Associate Dean for Research at the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Dr. Jenson states:  “The individual and social costs of adolescent problem behaviors like aggression, substance abuse and school failure are too high in our country. I have a personal goal to see more social work practitioners and researchers involved in efforts to promote healthy behaviors and prevent problems among young people.”

The National Symposium for Doctoral Research in Social Work was founded in 1985 as a peer-reviewed forum for the presentation of recent doctoral dissertation research.  Past presenters are among the top researchers in the field of social work.

The Symposium will include presentations by eight recent social work doctoral degree recipients from some of the best programs in the country on topics including schools, adolescents, mental health, substance abuse and health, in four concurrent morning sessions.  Attendees can earn CEUs for licensure and credit/extra credit for social work classes.  The events are free of charge and open to students, field instructors, social work practitioners and other interested parties.

Dr. Jenson is the editor-in-chief of one of social work’s major journals, Social Work Research.  He specializes in research on adolescent problem behavior, including interventions and prevention efforts in school, community and agency settings.  He is the author of several books, numerous articles and book chapters and is currently principal investigator of the Youth Empowerment Project, an investigation aimed at improving academic and behavioral outcomes among youth in three Denver public housing communities. He was recently principal investigator of the Youth Matters Denver Public Schools Prevention Project, which assessed the effects of a structured curriculum on aggression and substance use among students in 28 elementary schools.  Dr. Jenson has received university and state awards for his research, and delivered the Aaron Rosen Endowed lecture at the annual meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research in January.

Study Abroad Scholarships for Social Work Students

…because culture matters

A newly-established scholarship, Students First/Study Abroad, will be available for social work students (BSSW, MSW or PhD) accepted to study abroad programs for summer quarter, with preference for those enrolling in social work programs.  Several awards of $500 to $1000 are available.  To apply, please submit a short letter to the International Programs Coordinator, Ms. Jennifer Nakayama, 440 Stillman Hall.  In the letter, identify the program to which you are accepted and write a brief statement of your need for the scholarship funds.  Application letters are due March 9.

Learn more about study abroad opportunities:

India, Poland, Mexico

Reaching Out to the YWCA Columbus Family Center

Photo of Dr. Monroe and the BSSW Program staff with Brutus, the OSU mascot.
Giving back to the community and bridging the link between learning and practice ‘ undergraduate students in the Colleges of Social Work and Nursing hosted a competitive donation drive within their colleges to provide needed items to the YWCA Columbus Family Center. Together they collected over 1200 items, including toiletries, blankets, and baby care items…and ‘Yes’ the College of Social Work won the competition by donating a grand total of 1084 items. Celebrating the success of the drive Buckeye style, BRUTUS Buckeye, the Buck-I Guy, and former OSU athletes, Roger Harper and Dee Miller joined Social Work and Nursing undergraduate students in hosting a dinner and Bingo game with prizes for the YWCA families on October 20th.

In the past, the YWCA has hosted Social Work students through the Field Practicum experience while Nursing student volunteers regularly provide the center’s residents with vision and hearing screenings, blood sugar testing and other shots and testing throughout the year.

Dr. Jacquelyn Monroe, Undergraduate Studies Program Director and Co-Organizer of the event states that, ‘The Donation Drive was amazing! Students, staff and faculty all gave. Each and every day I would arrive to work with more and more donations waiting outside my door. The generosity that flowed from the hearts of all those who gave was very moving. The YWCA was very thankful for the donations. As for the actual event at the YWCA, the student volunteers were wonderful! They arrived early and ready to do whatever needed to be done.

They served snacks, served dinner, cleaned up, played with the children, washed dishes, organized storage closets and did whatever else that needed to be done. All of the staff involved, namely Marie Grady from Nursing who waing who was a co-organizer, played an instrumental role in the event’s success. Meghan Good, Donzella Edgerton, Erin Henry and Sanford Meisel also made the event a reality. Marie and I could not have done it without their creativity, photography skills, support and enthusiasm. I sincerely thank each and every person who played a role in showing how much WE care.”

Photographs are courtesy of Sanford Meisel, College of Nursing.