Center for Student Success Research

Undergraduate Research Project

Gain Research Experience


The Center for Student Success Research works with undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts looking to gain research experience across different projects in higher education. Student researchers will utilize and develop such skills as reviewing and synthesizing key research articles, conducting quantitative and qualitative research, and analyzing data. Positions are finalized on a semester basis. If you are interested in participating in an undergraduate research project relating to one of the research areas, feel free to contact us


Our current undergraduate students


Reilly Kopp

Year: Sophomore
Major: Psychology, with and Education minor and Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services
What I'm Excited For: Learning more about research literature and gaining a deeper understanding of experiences with disability in higher education


Meghan Henningson

Year: Freshman
Major: Chemistry for Pre-med Track
What I'm Excited For: I am excited to work on a project that targets helping raise the success rates of students with disabilities in a post secondary institutions since special education is a passion of mine. I am looking forward to finding the challenges these students face working towards decreasing the level of difficulty for students with disabilities


Our Current Project: Cost of Disability

During the spring semester, our research team interviewed students with disabilities at a large public research institution in the northeastern United States. We sought to understand how students navigated the costs of having a disability in higher education, including financial, temporal, and interpersonal expenditures that were both formal and informal. Reilly and Meghan presented on this initial research at the 23rd Massachusetts Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference on Friday, April 27, 2017 and at the Northeastern Educational Research Association conference on October 18, 2017. 

View Powerpoint slides of the presentation here.