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Research Participation (Research Pool)

COMS Research Participation (Research Pool)


The School of Communication Studies Research Participation System (CSRPS) is intended to be a learning experience for students. Students enrolled in COMS 1010, 1030, 1100, and 2020 are required to participate in a research study or complete an alternative assignment (journal article summary) to earn 2% of their course grade. Instructors of other courses may voluntarily include their students in the research pool for either course credit or extra credit. The research participation requirement (whether it be participation in research or summarizing research articles) is intended to familiarize students with current communication research topics and techniques.

Log in to the Research Participation System

NOTE: This is a different system than the Psychology Research Pool.

Information for Students

To complete the prescreening questionnaire, sign up for studies, or check your credit: Log in to the Research Participation System.

For additional information, please see the Guidelines for Students (PDF) and Step-by-Step Instructions for Students (PDF).

To report a complaint about any aspect of your research participation, please contact the Research Pool Administrator.

Alternative Assignment

Students who are 17 years old or younger cannot participate in the research studies and must complete the alternative assignment. Other students who are not able or do not wish to participate in the research study may complete the alternative assignment (a review of a journal article). Additional information, the articles to read, and the alternative assignment for can be found on the Alternative Assignment page.

Information for Instructors

For information about and instructions for using the system, please see Step-by-Step Instructions for Instructors (PDF). All the tasks and explanations for each task are included in the To-Do List for Instructors (PDF).

Instructors for COMS 1010, 1030, 1100, and 2020 as well as other courses who are voluntarily using the system should include this information in their syllabus (PDF).

If you are an instructor of a course other than COMS 1010, 1030, 1100, or 2020 and you wish you include your class in the Research Participation System, contact the Research Pool Administrator at least two weeks before the start of the term.

Information for Researchers

To request to conduct research using the CSRPS, fill out an application (PDF) at least two weeks before the start of the term. You must also have IRB approval for your study two weeks prior to the start of the term.

For additional information, please see the Guidelines for Researchers (PDF)  and the Step-by-Step Instructions for Researchers (PDF).

Please direct any questions to the Research Pool Administrator (