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: Rating of essays and interviews
    Contact: Xun Yan or Stephanie Landblom
    Earn both monetary compensation and course credit by completing one study! This study consists of learning to rate both essays and interviews in a short training round. You may then complete up to 10 rounds of ratings. You will be paid for each essay and interview you rate. The rate of compensation increases as you complete more rounds. In addition, depending on how many rounds you complete, you may earn up to 3 course credits. Please follow the link to our study: the first page will be a more detailed set of instructions outlining the task and compensation structure. 
  • Project: Peanut
    Contact: Jeffrey GreenThis is a paid/for-credit eyetracking study for native speakers of American English, or native speakers of Spanish or Mandarin who learned English as a second language.  During the study, you will listen to some sentences and look at pictures on a screen while we monitor your eye movements.  Contact lenses are preferred to glasses, if needed.  The study will last 30-50 minutes and you will receive either 1 credit or $10.  The study will take place in the Foreign Languages Building, room G70.  To sign up, go to
  • Project: How Do You Pursue Academic Goals?
    Contact: Chris Napolitano (PI), Bethany F. Hoff (Project Coordinator), or Irene Chen (Lead Undergrad) 
    We are a research lab here at UIUC called NRL, and we are interested in how YOU pursue academic goals!!! The study is taking place during an interesting time in our lives, and we want to hear about your academic goals! Complete this 20-minute survey and get 1 research credit!! 
  • Project: Grimoire
    Contact: Dr. Jeffrey Green
    Below is a link to an experiment you can complete online for 1 extra credit point.  Participation should take less than an hour.  This opportunity is open to speakers of English with any language background (even if you are not a native speaker of English).  The task simply involves reading some partial sentences and finishing them with the first thing that comes to mind.  Please consider participating!  Let me know if you have any questions.
    Participant credit during online learning: Dr. Green will email instructors with a list of participants at the end of the semester or when data collection is complete, whichever comes first.
    • Contact: Billy Fairfield
      For this study, we are interested to determine if b-hydroxy b-methylbutyrate (HMB) + Vitamin D3 supplementation with or without resistance exercise training can increase skeletal muscle size and function as well as improve body composition. Those in the training groups will come into Freer Hall 3 times per week for 12 weeks to engage in a machine-based resistance training program. All participants will take a supplement (either the nutritional supplement or a placebo). In order to be included participants must meet the following criteria
      -Between 45-60 years of age
      -BMI under 35 (here is a handy calculator if you don’t know (
      -Free of type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease
      -No use of tobacco products
      -Engage in minimal (or no) exercise. We will have you fill out questionnaires to determine this.
      -Daily vitamin D supplementation under 1000IU
      The first step would be coming into Freer hall here on campus for an Informed Consent visit. This will give us an opportunity to detail the study in its entirety and give you a chance to receive clarification on any questions you may have. If you do decide to participate, we will have you fill out some questionnaires to determine your eligibility for inclusion. Once this visit is complete we can begin to schedule the 5 other “pre-intervention” appointments including equipment familiarization, 2 maximum strength testing visits, an MRI, and a clinical measurement day (including body composition scan, blood draw, urine analysis, and muscle sample). Once these appointments are complete you will begin the intervention. Participants are randomly assigned to one of four groups: 1) resistance training + nutritional supplement 2) Resistance training + placebo supplement 3) Non-training + nutritional supplement 4) non-training + placebo supplement. Each groups intervention will be 12 weeks in duration and then measurements taken from the beginning will be assessed again to determine change
    • PI: Stephanie Landblom
      Looking for native speakers of Spanish(from a country where Spanish is spoken). We are currently investigating some aspects of the Spanish language and we are looking for participants. You would be asked to complete a series of computer-based tasks and a recording experiment. This takes about 30-45 minutes and you will receive 1 credit for it. If you are interested, you may send me an email or sign up here:
      • 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.
      • 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.  Participant credit during online learning: A certificate will be emailed to you as the participant to submit to your instructor.
      • 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.