Undergraduate Student Research
The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work strives to produce research that changes lives. Consistently ranked among the top schools for faculty scholarship and research productivity, the program advocates for a society that respects the dignity and achievement of all individuals, families, and communities through its educational, research, and public service activities. We are committed to providing undergraduate students with various opportunities to engage in scholarly research, including the creation and implementation of a practice evaluation during the senior year practicum. In addition, students are encouraged to participate throughout their undergraduate studies in the many opportunities for scholarly research offered by the larger university.
External Research Opportunities
- University Honors College Research Opportunities
- Office of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity
Graduate Student Research
Global Perspectives of Social Work is an elective class for social work undergraduate minors and majors In Spring of 2021, the class was remotely taught/received and we were a mix of undergraduates from health sciences, natural sciences, pre-medicine, anthropology, communications and social work. Additionally, six MSW students were enrolled in the class.
Students created their own topics to investigate and to communicate to the class and to other audiences. One method of communication was a one-page poster. These examples show the range of topics that students researched. The projects had to be tied to one of the United Nations Sustainability Goals and use a social work lens in the analysis.
Six Posters are highlighted:
- Brian Caballa: Undergraduate Arts and Sciences, Social Work minor; SuperFund Sites
- Chloe Young; Undergraduate Arts and Sciences (Anthropology), Social Work minor; Tourism and Colonialism in the Caribbean
- Owen Ariba and Alison Lemke ; Undergraduate Arts and Sciences; Social Work minors; Coffee and Human Exploitation
- Kesa Ahomana; MSW with the Breast Milk Project; Breast feeding and objectification.
- Namirah Malik and Romina Kalmeijer (health sciences undergraduate/ social work minor and MSW); Uyghurs in China--cultural and ethnic genocide?
- Kaylin Troiano , Social Work Major; Ireland and Pittsburgh; LGBTQIA+ barriers to mental health treatment.