5 MSW Students Are Recipients of Research Award

Five students are the recipients of the 2015 Research Award for MSW Students. CalSWEC’s Research and Development (R&D) Committee and the California Association of Deans and Directors (CADD) made the announcement following their selection from a field of 10 finalists.

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Each student’s research involved work with a local agency or institution. The recipients are:

  • Serom Sanftner, CSU, East Bay, Stanford Health Care, “Sexual Assault History and Gynecological Care”
  • Rudaina Elalami, CSU, Fullerton, Orange County Social Services Agency, “The Effect of Social Worker Involvement on Educational Attainment, Employment, and Internalizing and Externalizing Issues Among Foster Youth”
  • Meghann Newell, CSU, Fullerton, Riverside County Department of Mental Health, “Social-Environmental Influences on Self-Regulation among Male and Female Youth Offenders”
  • Heather Metz, CSU, Monterey Bay, Community Human Services, Monterey County, “Assessing Trauma in Safe Place Clients: A Descriptive Study”
  • Jennifer Nakata, UC Berkeley, International Rescue Committee’s Center for Wellbeing, “Refugee Wellness Navigators (RWN) to Improve Refugee Community Wellbeing in Alameda County”

The five MSW students received $500 each for completing their research and submitting an Executive Summary. In the two-tiered process, they—along with five other finalists—had received $250 each when their initial applications were selected. Those were based on their proposed research projects that met specific criteria.


CalSWEC’s R&D Committee, in conjunction with CADD, established the Research Award for MSW Students to encourage and support student research that will contribute to the evidence base for policy and practice for public human services. The research competition is open to all MSW students attending universities in  CalSWEC’s consortium.

Goals of the MSW Student Research Award include:

  • Fostering interest in applied, practice-oriented research for MSW students;
  • Promoting student research that is relevant to agency practice;
  • Creating a forum for students to share their research results with agencies that will benefit from it.

For more information:

Susan Jacquet,, Data Management Specialist