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Central California Area Social Services Consortium

MSW Student Research Stipends

Each year MSW Students produce some excellent research work products through their graduate thesis requirement necessary for graduation.  Many of these students are current/former staff members from public human services departments in our region.  Others are preparing for a future career in public human services agencies.  Their history with and/or commitment to public human services is often evident in the thesis topics which they select.

The Central California Area Social Services Consortium  (CCASSC), in partnership with the CSU’s in the Central California region, has established an MSW Student Research Stipend Program as a vehicle for:

  • incentivizing student efforts to enrich the evidence base for public human services in the Central Region and,
  • creating a forum for students to share their intellectual material with the agencies that are most likely to benefit.

Up to three stipends (of $1,000 each) are provided annually to MSW students upon recommendation from a selection committee comprised of CCASSC members and university representatives.  Students from CSU Fresno, CSU Stanislaus, and CSU Bakersfield are eligible to apply.  In addition, four annual stipends of $1,000 each may be awarded exclusively to CSU Fresno students as a result of a special contribution from the Dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

Robert M Secula, ASW

Master of Social Work Students' Attitudes Towards Incarcerated Individuals


Sandra Ambriz, MSW, PPSC

Perceptions of Former Latina Teen Mothers Regarding The High Rates of Teen Pregnancy Among Latinas

PowerPoint - Sandra Ambriz Paper Sandra Ambriz

Helen Shih

Transracial Adoption Issues in Latinx Transracial Adoptees

PowerPoint - Helen ShihPaper - Helen Shih

Laurel E Barnett, MSW

LGBTQ Foster Youth in Fresno & Madera County

PowerPoint - Laurel BarnettPaper - Laurel Barnett

Savannah R Gomes, MSW, PPSC

Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology: An Evaluation of Patient-Centered Care

PowerPoint - Savannah Gomes

Paper - Savannah Gomes

Leonor Sierra, MSW candidate

Physician-assisted end of life option act and California social workers: Are they ready?

PowerPoint - Leonor Sierra

Ryan Smith, MSW PPS

A Correlation Study: The Influence of personal online communication on adolescents' self-disclosure

PowerPoint - Ryan Smith

Paper - Ryan Smith

Vanessa Cregar, MSW

Self-Care Practices of Fresno State MSW Title IV-E Students

PowerPoint - Vanessa Cregar

Paper - Vanessa Cregar

Ana Pano

The Level of awareness of Madera County Child Welfare Workers on Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. 

Executive Summary(Revised) - Ana Pano

Pa Xiong

Resiliency Among Hmong Women Who Were Teen Mothers

Executive Summary

PowerPoint - Pa Xiong

Archived Student Stipend Recipients