The Social Media Analytics and Research Technology Lab

The SMART Lab is operated by faculty and students from the graduate and undergraduate programs in the School of Communication. It provides research and data visualization, resources and training to Radford University’s faculty, students and staff, as well as businesses in the New River and Roanoke Valley communities.

The lab’s mission is to enhance research at Radford University by (1) providing access to state-of-the-art software programs and technology that can be used for traditional and online data analysis and visualization, (2) training faculty, staff and students to develop the skills and expertise required in today’s highly demanding social and professional environments, (3) encouraging interdisciplinary research, and (4) establishing a network through which research findings that address the issues and needs of the Commonwealth are disseminated to the University and its external constituents.  

SMART Lab website


The SMART Lab is located in Hemphill Hall (3021).

Phone number- 540-831-6210; E-mail: