Undergraduate Students

research experience for undergraduates

The Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Research Lab offers research experience for undergraduates and graduate students who are highly motivated and hard-working. Students in our lab obtain hands-on research training by assisting with activities such as participant assessment, behavioral coding, and data entry. Student research assistants gain mentorship, the potential to pursue independent research, and opportunities to present at local conferences. Many of our students go on to receive competitive research awards to support their work with us, such as USC’s SURF and Magellan Scholars awards. Volunteer or course credit opportunities are available. Due to the nature of our work, a two semester commitment is generally required. Interested students should email completed applications to Liz Will.

Dr. Roberts’ Current Undergraduate Research Assistants:

Maggie Besse : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Maggie Besse

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Maggie Besse is a junior undergraduate in the USC Honor's College with a major in Biology and a minor in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior.  Maggie is hoping to one day attend medical school to become a obstetrician and help establish maternal health clinics in third world countries.  Maggie's research interests include the environmental and biological factors that contribute to a higher risk of autism in autism siblings.   

Alexis Vetack : Undergraduate Research Assistant

Alexis Vetack

Undergraduate Research Assistant


Alexis Vetack is a sophomore undergraduate student in the Honors College at USC. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BARSC) degree to combine areas of study from public health, special education, and social work on a pre-med track. Her research interests are in the early detection and intervention of children with autism and how these interventions affect the child's development. After graduating, Alexis hopes to attend medical school so that she can one day work as a physician to provide better healthcare to individuals with special needs in rural communities around the world.

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