Academic Support Initiatives is excited to announce the creation of an undergraduate and graduate student research team within Residence Life.

“Undergraduate Research is an inquiry or an investigation conducted by an undergraduate in collaboration with a faculty mentor that makes an original, intellectual, or creative contribution to the discipline” (Council for Undergraduate Research, p.1). The newly established team is co-led by Dr. Lori Moore and Dustin Grabsch. Dr. Lori Moore currently serves as the Division of Student Affairs Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. Mr. Dustin Grabsch serves as Coordinator for Academic Support Initiatives and Assessment. Together Dr. Moore and Mr. Grabsch mentor and supervisor the research team on individual and group research projects.

Residence Life – Academic Support Initiatives is pleased to house the research team because of the many benefits the experience will offer students. Students who participate in an undergraduate research experience show greater gains in disciplinary knowledge, information literacy, communication skills, and a clarification of career paths (Lopato 2010). Studies by the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at the University of Michigan and Nagda et al. (1998) found increased student success, retention, and graduation rates related to student researchers.

Applications are currently being accepted to aid in grant writing, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of findings from IRB-approved research projects within the department. The research team is open to on-campus and off-campus students. For a listing of research opportunities and more information on applying, email