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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



  • Project: U of I Vice Chancellor's Call to Action to Address Racism and Social Justice Initiative
    We are a research team led by Dr. Angela Lyons and Dr. Tim Liao for a Call-to-Action project funded by the University’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. You have been selected to participate in a study to learn more about the social connections between domestic and international students, particularly students’ attitudes toward East Asians during the pandemic. Your input will help us make recommendations to improve cultural awareness and create a more inclusive environment on our campus and within the community.
    Your voice matters!
     If you are 18 years of age or older and physically located in the U.S., you are eligible to complete the survey. We hope that you will participate. Your survey responses will be kept confidential and available only to authorized members of the research team. Personal identifiers will not be linked to your survey responses, nor will they be published or presented. Only aggregate non-individual findings will be reported.
    The survey will take you about 10 minutes to complete
    . Each student who completes the survey will have the opportunity to be entered into a random drawing for the chance to win one of fifty $10 Amazon gift cards. Odds of winning are approximately 1 in 30. Winners will be notified by email in 3-4 weeks.
    Please respond no later than – April 14. 
    Click here to access the survey now.   Project Flyer
    Contact:  For questions or concerns about this study, please contact the Principal Investigators: Dr. Angela Lyons ( and Dr. Tim Liao ( For information about your rights as a survey participant, please contact the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects (OPRS) (+1-217-333-2670;
  • Project: SPGP & Bridge
    You will be asked to read sentences on a computer monitor. After the reading portion, you will also perform a brief working memory task. The experiment will take no more than 60 minutes to complete and participants will receive one credit course research participation in qualifying EPSY or LING classes. This experiment will take place at Beckman 1424.
    Signup Website
    • Open to native speakers of American English
    • Open to other adult participants, who can receive one course credit.
    • Open to participants with normal or corrected-to-normal vision.
  • Project: English Native Speakers Required (remote study)
    Requirements: You must be a native English speaker with access to reliable internet and a computer.
    : You will complete a language background survey and three English language tasks where you will be asked to (1) read sentences and answer comprehension questions, (2) fill in blanks to complete a sentence and/or dialogue, and (3) read and rate sentences. The entire experiment will take roughly 1 hour. 
    : You have the choice of receiving $15 or course credit. [Course credit can only be granted to students who are currently enrolled in a course which accepts participating in experiments for credit. (These courses also provide alternate assignments for those who do not wish to take part in a study. Please see your course instructor for specific information about this alternate assignment.) If you are not enrolled in such a course, you will receive $15.]
    : Please contact Amy Atiles ( to sign up for the experiment.
  • Project: CRESL
    Dr. Jack Dempsey (see experiment flyer for contact info)
    Students Needed: Students who grew up speaking English, Spanish, Korean, OR Mandarin!
  • Project: CR Jumble
    Contact: EPL Lab (
    PIs: Kiel Christianson & Jack Dempsey
    IRB Protocol # 23293
    Information: This study is open to all students eligible to receive one hour of research participation credit in eligible LING/EPSY/PSYC courses. You will read sentences and answer questions about them. The experiment should take less than an hour and will be completed online. *You must complete this study in one sitting and be on a laptop or desktop computer. You may not complete this study from your phone.* You will receive 1 credit/hour of research participation. To sign up for the experiment, please email Jack Dempsey at
  • 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 either pronounce or listen to sentences in Chinese. The total experiment time may range from 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on the task. Participants will be compensated with 1 course credit per hour. If you would like to participate, please email Yihan Zhou ( to sign up for an experiment.
  • 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.
  • Contact:
    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.

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