Research Support Center compressed for website.jpgA Look at the Research Support Center

Danielle Leavitt

Interested in starting research but don’t know how to tackle the project? FHSS is way ahead of you. The Family, Home, and Social Sciences Research Support Center (RSC), located at 116 SWKT, is a facility dedicated to providing assistance to FHSS faculty, staff and students on methods of conducting research, mentored research projects and class research projects. Additionally, the trained Research Support Center assistants can offer expert advice as to what kinds of statistical methods you ought to use for your particular study, as well as providing the time necessary to work with you on performing analyses and properly interpreting results.

The website ( is a gold-mine resource, as it has informational PowerPoint presentations on topics such as HLM, logistic regression, panel data analysis, missing data, graphics in statistical software, instrumental variables, restructuring longitudinal data, bootstrapping, STATA programming, and survey sampling and weighting. It also has guides to writing research and theses, a research methods knowledge base and tutorials on research software, methods and processes. You can also visit the website for a semester schedule.

To get involved is simple: while walk-ins are welcome, in order to be guaranteed a time slot it is recommended that you contact the RSC via telephone or email* and schedule an appointment. To all those associated with FHSS, the RSC offers free services such as consultation over the phone, face to face consultation for research and statistical problems, training in statistical programs (such as SPSS, STATA, SAS) and guidance through the research process. For your appointment, go prepared to discuss your research objectives, the hypotheses you are trying to prove, data collection methods, statistical software questions or any other concerns about the project that you might have. “By bringing this information with you, you will ensure that we have a clear understanding of the problem you need to resolve and will allow us to help you better,” reads the RSC website. Use the RSC to find assistance and get involved—happy researching!

*, 422-5114