Welcome to the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR)

Whether you are a researcher looking to find out more about the services we provide or a study participant wanting to know more about the surveys we are conducting, we invite you to take some time to become acquainted with our projects, staff and services.

The BOSR is a one-stop survey research shop that collects data to help answer important questions facing society.  We are located in Oldfather Hall. The BOSR supports a number of projects that use telephone interviewing, in-person interviews, focus groups, Web-based surveys, scannable questionnaire forms, and grant accounting. As a quick overview, some of our current projects are detailed below.

The links at the top will help you navigate through the history of the BOSR, the types of projects we regularly conduct, and information on how we may be able to help you in your research. If the BOSR is new to you or if it has simply been awhile since you've visited us, we hope that the information you find here will be useful to you as you learn about the exciting ways we may be able to assist you with your research, today or in the near future. 

Find out more information on all of our current projects.


BOSR News & Events 

BOSR Open House

02/15/2016 - BOSR recently relocated from Benton Hall to our shiny new space at 907 Oldfather Hall. The area was remodeled to feature an open floor plan that better facilitates collaboration, a new phone lab and kitchenette.

Although it's been a great nine years in Benton Hall, we're excited to share our new space with you.

Join us for refreshments at our open house and get an inside look at our new digs on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 anytime between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

BOSR Moves to Oldfather Hall

01/20/2016 - BOSR has relocated from Benton Hall to new space in 907 Oldfather Hall. BOSR will hold an open house in the new space in the near future. Details on that event will be forthcoming.

Improving the Network Scale-Up Estimator

12/03/2015 - BOSR helped collect data for this study. Patrick Habecker, Kirk Dombrowski, and Bilal Khan used the network scale-up method to estimate the prevelance of hidden populations, including illegal drug users and other stigmatized populations, in a mail survey. They found that this approach with sampling weights leads to more accurate estimates of these populations.

BOSR Releases 2014/2015 Annual Report

09/24/2015 - BOSR reported an impressive year in the 2014/2015 Annual Report. The report is available for viewing at Annual Report.

Witt-Swanson Named Assistant Director


 Lindsey Witt-Swanson was named the BOSR Assistant Director. Lindsey has been at BOSR since 2011 first serving as the SHARP Project Manager and most currently as the Operations Manager. Before coming to BOSR, Lindsey recevied her Master's in Survey Research and Methodology at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

What respondent characteristics predict mode preferences?

08/07/2014 - BOSR helped collect data for this study.

Dr. Smyth, Olson and Millar have examined what respondent characteristics predict survey mode preference using The Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS) data. Their findings suggest that being familiar with and having access to the required media are the strongest predictors of mode preference.

Northeast Nebraska Labor Availability Study

05/15/2014 - BOSR helped collect data for this study.
In the fall of 2013, the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development and Labor collaborated in a pilot project designed to measure labor availability in selected regions of Nebraska. The resulting reports feature detailed geography and demographics, regional commuting patterns, skills and education of the area's labor force, hours worked and compensation/benefits expectations, analysis of what entices workers to seek new employment or change jobs, and analysis of barriers to improving employment experienced by area workers.

To read the full report and a pamphlet with highlights of the report for each area click here. 

We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary!

04/05/2014 - Our anniversary celebration included an open house of the bureau's current home in Benton Hall, a research colloquium presented by the Department of Sociology, a former director panel discussion, and a dinner reception at the UNL Champion's Club.

To watch videos of the colloquium and panel click here. 

Study finds couples who want children view adoption as a last resort

10/23/2013 - - BOSR helped collect data for this study.
The study shows that women who have sought medical treatment for infertility and those who place high importance on motherhood are those who are most likely to be actively considering adoption.

To read the complete news release click here. 

Attitudes of Nebraska Residents on the Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline

To read the full report click here.

Childfree women feel most pressure to have kids, but stress least about it

10/11/2012 - BOSR helped collect data for this study.  Julia McQuillan, professor of sociology at UNL, is the study's lead author.

The study, from a national survey of nearly 1,200 American women of reproductive age with no children, identified various reasons why women have no children -- from medical and situational barriers to delaying pregnancy to choosing to be childfree. It sought to determine if those reasons contributed to different types of concerns about being childless.

To read the complete news release click here. 

That's gross! Study uncovers the physical nature of disgust and politics

09/19/2012 - BOSR recruited participants for this study.
In a new study, political scientists closely measured people’s physiological reactions as they looked at a series of pleasant and unpleasant images. Participants who identified themselves as conservative — and, in particular, those who said they were against gay marriage — had strong physiological reactions when shown the gross pictures.

To read the complete news release click here. 

Study shows fatherhood, careers important to U.S. men

09/18/2012 - BOSR helped collect data for this study.  Julia McQuillan, professor of sociology at UNL, is the co-author of research.
In a nationwide survey that examined Americans' feelings on fatherhood, 75 percent of U.S. men rated being a good father as very important, while just 48 percent said the same about having a successful career.

Still, the study, which surveyed nearly 1,000 men across the United States who are in relationships with women, suggests that fathers and non-fathers alike see fatherhood as a "package deal" — they consider things like work and leisure important, too. But those elements complement, not compete with, being a parent.
To read the complete news release click here. 

UNL team earns NIH grant for 'Biology of Human' education project  

08/27/2012 - BOSR will help this UNL team evaluate the grant. 

A new educational program will help the public, particularly young people, better understand advances in biomedical research. University of Nebraska State Museum, the Nebraska Center for Virology and UNL sociologists are teaming with children, science writers and multimedia developers to create educational materials for use nationwide.

The project is funded by a five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's Science Education Partnership Award program, known as SEPA.  

To read the complete news release click here.