Potential Project Description for 2009-10


Title: Statistical Applications in Social Science Research
Faculty: Ryan Sheppard, Sociology

Each year, students in SOAN 371 (Foundations of Social Science Research) conduct a random-sample survey of St. Olaf students on a topic of general interest, analyze the data, and present their results in various forums. Recents years’ topics have included student satisfaction, use of electronic communication, and close relationships. This year, we will again analyze survey data from St. Olaf College students. Topic options include health (physical health, mental health, substance use, etc.), values (social/political values and their impact on students’ lives), and the transition to adulthood (under current economic/social conditions).