For students

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin strongly encourage students to use our data.

In the past, students have used SHOW data for master’s capstone projects, theses, doctoral dissertations and to explore interesting topics that might lead to publication.

Information about Survey of the Health of Wisconsin questionnaires, biological specimen program and SHOW documentation is available to any researcher, student or otherwise, interested in using Survey of the Health of Wisconsin data. The codebooks available include basic frequency output for all variables collected by SHOW.


The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin benefits from having motivated students work with us on a number of projects from quality control to publication support.

Ready to start a project with SHOW?

  1. Find a SHOW mentor. Students working with SHOW data must have a SHOW mentor. This mentor will provide guidance on Survey of the Health of Wisconsin protocols and analytic methodology required when using SHOW data. If students need assistance matching their interests with a SHOW mentor, they should contact the SHOW Data Coordinating Center at for suggestions.
  2. Fill out a letter of intent indicating the following items:
    • name, educational program and department (i.e., MPH, PhD, etc.)
    • program advisor
    • working title/topic
    • background research and brief literature review
    • research aims and timeline
    • letter of intent template
      The purpose of the letter of intent is to facilitate multiple students who may want to work on similar topics, and to ensure that you have sufficiently thought about your research idea. Once filled out, email the letter to
  3. Make a data request. Once your letter of intent is approved, a data request form  must be completed. Your SHOW mentor will need to sign off on this data request.
SHOW field staff sitting at a recruitment table.

Questions about working with SHOW?

We are always happy to talk with students about working with SHOW. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions.


Phone: 888-433-7469