The GVSU Social Science Lab partners with Muskegon Heights community leaders.
About the Social Science Lab
The Social Science Lab (SSL) is a place for students and faculty to engage in social science research. The SSL is equipped with four dual-monitor computer stations with quantitative and qualitative data analysis software. Students may reserve time to use the lab for research or coursework. Students may also make an appointment with a faculty/student research fellow for assistance with independent research or class assignments. Read about our recent projects by selecting the links below.
Little Manistee Management Survey
Coming to a mailbox near you! In Summer '23, the GVSU Social Science Lab will seek feedback from landowners in the Little Manistee River watershed about water quality management and a Michigan Natural Rivers designation for the Little Manistee River. Read more about the survey here.
Citizen Social Science
In the interests of equipping local citizens to use social science research methods to assess community needs and communicate priorities using data, the GVSU Social Science Lab partnered with community leaders in Muskegon Heights to launch the Citizen Social Science initiative. Read more about the project here.
Aging and Health
Family relationships are perhaps the most foundational, and these relationships change over time as children move from receivers of parental care to providers. Professor Hammersmith's on intergenerational relationships, health, and well-being examines factors that make it more or less likely that adult children provide care for their aging parents. Read more about the Lab's work on aging and health here.
Crockery Creek Speaks
What do water science, agriscience, and social science have in common? People! In the Social Science Lab, we are working with area conservation groups and National Future Farmers of America Organization (FFA) classrooms to protect and improve the Great Lakes. Read more about West MI Water Stewardship here.