"Since the SSRL was founded and established, we have seen ULM become more engaged in community projects that have impacted private companies, state and local government agencies, and non-profit organizations. These projects have been made possible through the research and development work of our student interns and faculty researchers. In my mind, it goes without saying that the experience and training gained through the SSRL projects compliments any degree program."
John W. Sutherlin, PhD
College of Arts and Sciences
"We encourage students to consider careers in Research and Development and, to that
end, provided numerous interdisciplinary opportunities to work on projects that have
the potential to positively impact our community. These projects pertain to health
and the law as well as a variety of other topics."
Joe McGahan, PhD
College of Education and Human Development
On June 1, 2007, the University of Louisiana at Monroe created the Social Science Research Laboratory (SSRL) to reinforce and expand inter-disciplinary research efforts. As such, Drs. McGahan and Sutherlin, representing social psychology and political science respectively, identified faculty members, referred to as “research fellows,” from various disciplines who were interested in:
(a) Interdisciplinary research collaboration
(b) Working with undergraduate and graduate students on applied research and development projects with the potential to positively impact our community
By early Fall 2007, the SSRL had research fellows at ULM and elsewhere representing psychology, political science, sociology, social work, finance, and educational technology.
Further, the SSRL continues to actively cultivate relationships with other universities in the Delta region. As for the past, the SSRL created relationships with faculty at Louisiana Tech University, Grambling State University and other regional universities, in an attempt to create the foundation for a research and development corridor in northern Louisiana. The SSRL will continue to create and maintain relationships with fellow universities nurturing common goals and academic criteria to be the most beneficial for our students, faculty, staff, and the local community.
ULM joins Delta Regional Authority
The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Social Science Research Lab (SSRL) joins the University of Mississippi and Arkansas State University to develop the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Academy.
In the Social Science Research Laboratory, we feel it is crucial to create and maintain partnerships with community programs and organizations. In the past, the SSRL has partnered with entities such as AmeriCorps. Many of our students volunteered with AmeriCorps, and discovered it to be such a valuable learning experience for their current, as well as future, endeavors.