The Social Work Department offers students opportunities to become involved in research. Hands-on research experience provides valuable skills in literature review, experimental design, research methods, data analysis, and dissemination of results through presentation and/or publication.
RAP is designed to give student an opportunity to assist faculty/staff on their research projects. Student research assistants engage in research activities and are encouraged to participate in additional research related opportunities such as presenting their experience at UWW undergraduate Research Day or attending the UW System Symposium undergraduate research conference. Eligibility for the program include: students who have 72 credits or less and non-traditional or returning adult students pursuing a second degree. Students enrolled in the RAP program receive funding to support their assigned faculty/staff mentor and may be paid hourly to work up to 125 hours per academic year. Students are encouraged to identify their mentor and apply early in the academic year. Applications for the academic year open every August. See the RAP website for more details.
URP is an advocate for expanded experiential learning that enhances engagement in undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity, including faculty-mentored research and curriculum-based projects.
SURF UWW is a ten-week mentored summer research grant at UW-Whitewater. This program allows you to write a grant proposal for a fellowship. Fellowships awarded include stipends of up to $3,500 each summer. In addition, up to $500 in funding for supplies, services and travel expenses. The most important factor in proposing a successful project is your enthusiasm for the project itself and working with the mentor. SURF should have significant intellectual and creative content.
SURF CBR is a fellowship in community based research. Fellowships of up to $3,500 support community-based research in the state of Wisconsin. In addition, up to $500 funding for supplies, services and travel expenses may be available. The SURF-CBR grants provide opportunities for students to develop research projects that apply their academic skills, experiences, and ideas to real world problems. These grants are designed to give students the time and resources needed for meaningful reflection and in-depth inquiry into a problem or issue in collaboration with a faculty mentor and community organization that addresses a documented public need. Community-based research is defined as "a partnership of students, faculty, and community members who collaboratively engage in research with the purpose of solving a pressing community problem or effecting social change."
The goal of the McNair Program is to prepare low income, first generation and/or students from groups underrepresented for doctoral study as well as eventual careers as faculty. One of the primary means of preparation is participation in undergraduate research. Several Social Work professors have or are willing to mentor McNair Scholars. Admittance into the McNair Scholars program is via a competitive application process. There is a stipend for students accepted into the McNair Program. Please see the McNair website for more information or to apply.