UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

Community-Engaged Research (CER)


The Community-Engaged Research Program (CERP) was launched in June of 2012 to train the next generation of outstanding researchers and scholars to study topics of importance to communities.


CERP is designed to identify and match undergraduate honors students with community- based research opportunities and to prepare them for graduate studies, as well as research careers in universities, research and policy-making organizations, the health care industry, and government agencies.


CERP has already expanded in many ways.  This spring we will again offer a hybrid (online with 4 in-person meetings) version of HONORS 391A (Research Gets Real: Principles and Practices of Community-Engaged Research).  As a service to both the campus and local communities, CERP is in the process of developing an online database to facilitate collaboration between UMass faculty whose research engages the community, honors students who wish to conduct their thesis research with an off-campus community, and community members themselves.  


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