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Institute for Social Research (ISR)

The ISR is the social research organization at Dixie State University. We develop and apply social science research methods to problems within our community and are committed to educating new generations of social scientists in appropriate research methodologies. The ISR will be directed and run by DSU faculty, staff, and students.

ISR Mission

  • Create, implement, and analyze social science research of concern to members of our community;
  • Present the findings of this research to interested community members;
  • Train future generations of social scientists in the creation, implementation, analysis, and presentation of appropriate research methodologies.

What we d at ISR

Conduct research on a wide variety of topics, from consumer confidence and economic expectations to voting behavior, teen drug use, aging, and family dynamics. In short, we conduct research that is of interest to members of our community;

Train researchers and students in quantitative, qualitative, mixed methodologies and other appropriate research techniques;

Establish partnerships with corporations, government entities, and other profit/non-profit organizations to help research agendas and train researchers of the future.


Contracted federal, state and/or local grants for research.

Contract business and organizations to conduct various types of research studies.

Private contributors for the advancement of ISR goal.


The DSU Institute for Social Research: Quality of Life Intiative, Volume 1 is an annual journal that provides the research results from studies completed by Dixie State University students in the Institute for Social Research under the guidance from faculty within the Applied Sociology Program.

This publication is available under Google Books. For access, click here.


Bob Oxley

Email: roxley@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-652-7892

Office: MCDON 240

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

CUR supports students who engage with faculty mentors in research and creative projects:

National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF sponsors research experiences for undergraduates (REU) through its REU Sites program at participating host universities.

To search for programs in disciplines from Astronomical Sciences to Social Sciences, go to Research Experience for Undergraduates, REU Site Search.

Here’s a few quick links to NSF’s research experiences for undergraduates:

Cyber InfrastructureChemistry
Earth Sciences
Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering
Ocean Sciences

Stanford University Summer Research Program

Stanford’s eight-week summer research program instructs students from around the nation in

  • Biosciences
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Natural sciences and engineering

Talented undergraduates are encouraged to apply. Applications are due in the spring for the summer session. Check back for submission deadlines. Accepted applicants receive

  • Round-trip travel
  • Free room and board
  • Summer stipend
Webguru: Guide for Undergraduate Research

This site offers valuable information on everything research:

Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Sponsored Programs at Dixie State University serves faculty and staff who are pursuing research or other sponsored projects funded by federal, state, or private agencies and organizations.

The OSP helps secure support from outside sponsors, aids in the transition of a “good idea” to a “fundable idea”, and makes sure projects are conducted legally and responsibly.


Research office

Email: research@dixie.edu

Phone: 435-879-4488

Office: HCC 488