Office of Nursing Research

Based on our mission of equity and social justice, the Marquette University College of Nursing faculty experts conduct research within four foci.


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Person-Centered Research

Person-centered research focuses on integrating the individual’s and family’s unique preferences, values, needs and aspirations to collaboratively plan and deliver care and evaluate outcomes.

Community Engagement Research

Community-engaged research brings together academic researchers and communities in a collaborative partnership to address the specific needs of individuals and communities. There is a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership and reciprocity. Community and academic partners are actively engaged in the design, conduct and evaluation of the different phases of the research process.

Nursing Education Research

Nursing education research focuses on the science of discovery associated with all aspects of the environment where formal learning occurs including curriculum, instruction, evaluation, pedagogy and theory.

Equity and Social Justice Research

Marquette nurses are advocates for the vulnerable and social justice champions, two qualities that are reflected in our college's body of research. Marquette Nursing faculty conduct research that centers marginalized communities, filling in knowledge gaps that have existed for far too long.

Find our list of research-active faculty here.

What the Office of Research Offers

Research Support

College of Nursing faculty members are actively engaged in research and research-related training and development within the research foci of person-centered, community engaged or nursing education research that includes the underpinnings of health equity and diversity. The Marquette University College of Nursing has an Associate Dean for Research who supports, facilitates and evaluates research activities within the College.  The Office of Research includes a Research Coordinator, five full-time graduate student research assistants and a full-time biostatistician. In addition, there is a mentorship program to assist faculty in establishing and maintaining their programs of research. There are many services available to assist faculty with their programs of research including proposal development (e.g., research design, measurement), pre and post award management, data collection and statistical support.  There is editorial support for manuscript development, and both internal and external research proposal reviews are supported.

Research Assistants

Every academic year, 5 full-time (20 hours/week each) Research Assistantships are awarded to qualified graduate students. The research assistants are available for faculty during the academic year and during summer months. Led by the Associate Dean for Research, the Research Assistants provide a wide range of assistance including literature search and retrieval, preparation of proposals, manuscripts and presentations, IRB application development, data entry and data management.


A biostatistician with extensive expertise is available to faculty and students. The biostatistician is involved in research proposal development, including research design and data analysis plan, conducts data analyses using an array of statistical analyses and platforms and assists with manuscript development.