College of Education / Educational Psychology Subject Pool

The Bureau of Educational Research is no longer overseeing the college subject pool and the Department of Educational Psychology has been asked to take it over. To facilitate this process we are planning to switch to a web-based STUDY ANNOUNCEMENT sign-up board, rather than using the board in the second floor hallway. We’ll also make a few procedure changes to ensure some oversight.

Instructions for Investigators:

  1. Once you obtain your campus Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval letter for a project, please email Julie Kellogg with the PROTOCOL NUMBER(S) and NAME(S) of the active study/studies, and either a website, electronic flyer, or email/phone information so that your request can be listed on our website. Labs that run multiple, ongoing studies that are listed on the lab websites can just provide a LAB URL that will be listed for students to link to. You should also include 1-3 sentences about the study if you do not have a lab website in which details about participation (e.g., length of session; any requirements for participation) are provided.
  2. Included in the list below are other departments/labs/projects on campus with reciprocal agreements for their students. For example, LING 111 & LING 225 have agreed to give credit for participation in experiments in COE studies. COE Faculty are asked to likewise give credit for COE students who participate in LING experiments.
  3. Instructors who require study participation or who give extra credit for participation can simply LIST THIS WEBSITE on their syllabi and ask students to visit it to locate studies to sign up for.
  4. At the beginning of each semester we will email to remind faculty to send information about projects for subject pool participants for that semester.
  5. At the end of each semester, all projects listed on the subject pool board will be deleted unless Julie is asked to leave a project up past the end of a semester or remove a project before the end of the semester.

Instructions for Students:

If your course requires that you complete at least 1 subject pool project, or offers extra credit for participation in studies, please review the open projects below and contact the PI either via their website or listed contact information to schedule the project.  Once completed, please have the experimenter sign a participation card and return it to your course instructor for credit.

Human Subject Pool Experiment Participation Form


  • PI: Dr. Ryan Shosted and Mien-Jen Wu
    Project Title: SP Experiment
    ENGLISH native speakers are needed for this experiment. You will rate content of an short audio (including just one sentence) based on given context, and the whole experiment should take between 30-60 minutes. If you would like to participate, please sign up using the following link. You will be compensated with 1 extra credit after finishing the whole experiment. Book here:
  • PI: Dr. Liz Stine-MorrowThe Adult Learning Lab is looking for people to help with research about Mixed Working Memory! This experiment will take about 4.5 hours in total, and will require participants to come in on 3 days (with no less than a 24 hour gap between days). You will do a series of questionnaires and tasks looking at personality, language and memory for about 1.5 to 2 hours on day 1. On day 2 you will practice a working memory game for about 1.25 hours, and on day 3 you will do another the series of questionnaires looking at personality and memory for about 1.5 hours. You will get breaks between the activities if needed and you will be compensated 1 extra credit per hour of the study you participated in. If you complete all three days of actives, you will be paid a bonus of $20 along with the 3 credits. To participate in this study you must be over 18, a fluent English speaker, and have normal or corrected vision. This study will be held at the Adult Learning Lab, Room 1532 at the Beckman Institute. The dates are flexible based on your schedule and the experimenters’ schedules. Please email or call the Adult Learning lab at (217) 244-7336 if you are interested in participating! 
  • PI: Dr. David Brown & Sahar Alameh
    Title: The Nature of Scientific Explanation (NOSE): Using a Philosophically Guided Framework to Examine the Nature and Quality of Scientific Explanations Constructed by Freshmen College Students Science Teachers and Practicing Scientists.
    Participants Needed: Needed are freshmen students who will participate in two 40-50 minute interviews about scientific phenomena. Interviews can be scheduled at any time that is convenient for you. Please email Sahar Alameh to schedule an interview.


  • Chinese native speakers and L2 learners of Chinese are needed for this experiment. In this study, you will be asked to read sentences word by word and fill out an acceptability judgment task. The total experiment time is 30-40 minutes for native speaker and 50-60 minutes for L2 learners. Participants will be compensated with extra credit. If you would like to participate, please email Junghwan Maeng ( to sign up for an appointment. Additional details for this study can be found here.
  • Project Title: The acquisition of dative clitics by Spanish second language learners using priming methods. We are looking for students who grew up hearing and/or speaking Spanish at home to help us investigate how languages are learned. Participation consists of two tasks in which you will be asked to describe some pictures in Spanish using keywords provided. Additionally, you will also complete a questionnaire to determine your proficiency level (all levels are welcome!). Expected completion time will be between 1 and 2 hours. You will be paid $10/hour for completing both the tasks and the questionnaire. Testing will take place in the Second Language Acquisition and Bilingualism Lab located in the Foreign Language Building (G70, FLB). If you are interested, please contact Irati at to set up an appointment.
  • ELASTICS: Help us design future science education simulations!
    Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are conducting a research study on how students use body movement to understand “big ideas” in science. Come to our lab at the College of Education room176 (1310 S. Sixth St., Champaign) to participate with another student using our “simulation theater” to explore different science topics. The session is approximately 90 mins. and each participant will receive $15 or class research credit (where applicable). If you want to participate, just go to this website: Click the PARTICIPATE tab at the top of the website. After answering a few questions, you will be able to select an appointment time. If you have a friend you would like to participate with, make sure they sign up for the same time block.
  • PIs: Dr. Tania Ionin and Chung-Yu Chen   
    Project Title: The acquisition of Mandarin by heritage speakers and second language learners
    Contact: or
    Chinese heritage speakers and second language learners are needed for this experiment. The total experiment time varies depending on your native language(s) and language proficiency; the compensation is prorated. Participants will be compensated with monetary compensation (USD 10-30) or course credits.  Click here to view their informational flyer regarding this study.
  • PIs: Dr. Jerome Packard and Yihan Zhou
    Project Title: Mandarin pronunciation experiment
    Chinese native speakers are needed for this experiment. In this study, you will be asked to pronounce phrases in Chinese. The total experiment time should be less than 30 minutes. Participants will be compensated with 0.5 extra credit. If you would like to participate, please email Yihan Zhou ( to get the experiment link and your experiment number.
  • PIs: Dr. Jose Mestre & Adnan Rebei
    Contact: or (217) 721-8356
    In this study you will be asked to read several passages in a self-paced study using a keyboard and a screen. Each session will take less than an hour to finish. The study requires students whose first language is English.
  • PI: Dr. Tania Ionin and Mien-Jen Wu
    Project Title: TS Experiment
    ENGLISH NATIVE SPEAKERS are needed for this experiment. You will rate sentences based on given context, and the whole experiment should take less than 30 minutes. If you would like to participate, please email Mien-Jen Wu ( to get the experiment link and your experiment number. You can complete the task at any time and any place you want, but you need to have a computer with stable Internet access to do so. You will be compensated with 0.5 extra credit after finishing the whole experiment.
  • PI: Dr. Helen Neville
    African American women undergraduates are needed for this study. In Part One, you will complete a survey that takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. In Part Two, you will be asked to spend 25 minutes or less completing math questions. Participants who complete both parts of the study will receive course credit, a food prize, and free food.
  • PI: Dr. Kiel Christianson
    Dr. Christianson has experiments for both native and nonnative speakers of English.  Most of his experiments require you to read sentences and answer questions while your eye movements are monitored. Some experiments entail doing math problems or reading text without eye tracking.
If you have any questions, please email Professor Kiel Christianson.