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


  • Title: JMLRep (In-Person)
    Eligibility: Native English Speaker
    Study Details: In this short experiment, you will read two-sentence stories one word at a time and answer questions about them.
    Time: The study will take around 30 minutes to complete. You will receive your choice of $7 cash or one hour of participation credit.
    Contact: To sign up, please visit:
  • Title: DISS (In-Person)
    Eligibility: Native English Speaker, Normal/Corrected-to-Normal Vision (glasses preferred over contacts)
    Study Details: In this experiment, you will first read three-sentence stories and answer questions about them while your eyes movements are recorded with a camera. After this, you will complete a few different reading and memory tasks on a computer.
    Time: The study will take around 60 minutes to complete. You will receive your choice of $10 cash or two hours of participation credit.
    Contact: To sign up, please visit:
  • Title: The Effect of Digital Video Learning Environments and Gesture on Learning and Metacognition Participate in a study that aims to understand how digital video learning experiences can enhance math learning.
    Study Details: For this study, you will learn about statistics, specifically regression analyses. You will log on to Zoom to meet with a member of the research team. During this study, you will be asked to complete an online survey, watch an instructional video explaining a common topic in regression, complete another online survey, and fill out a background survey. You also will be asked to respond to questions that ask you to evaluate what you have learned. The session will be recorded over Zoom so that we can analyze the effectiveness of the instructional video. The goal of our research is to understand the ways that a digital learning environment may facilitate learning. This study is for students who have take one or zero college-level statistics courses.
    Time: The study will take less than one hour of your time, and all participants will receive one hour of participation credit.
    Contact: For more information or to sign up, please contact Grace Yun (
  • My name is James Planey ( and I am a graduate student in the college of education. I study how we can better use technology like virtual reality to design new ways to help students learn, and I am looking for volunteer participants in the C-U area to help investigate the use of virtual reality to help students explain their science ideas. No previous experience with VR is needed! To do this during COVID-19, I've put together a system where I drop off a clean VR headset at your door and then I connect with you via Zoom and stream the VR content to you via Wi-Fi from my car outside. The sessions take around 70-90 minutes, and then you leave the headset outside your door and I pick it up. If you participate, you have the option of getting a $15 Amazon gift card OR research credit. You must be a University of Illinois student in order to participate. Besides using the VR system, you will be asked to fill out a few surveys as well. If you'd like to participate, please fill out the consent form at the link here and I will contact you to set up a time:
  • Project: Disintegrate
    Contact: Stephanie Chen 
    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 involves reading through sentences presented in chunks and rating them. In this house we appreciate your participation and your valuable internet intuition. Please let me know if you have further questions! /ibexexps/illinois.elp.lab/Disintegrate/experiment.html Course credit details: A list will be provided to instructors at the end of the semester or when data collection is complete, whichever comes first.
  • Project: Exploring the flexibility of heritage language bilingual grammars
    My name is Irati and I’m a PhD student in Spanish Linguistics. I’m currently recruiting participants for a study and I’m looking for people who either were born in the US and grew up speaking Spanish at home OR who were born in a Spanish-speaking country and moved to the US before puberty. If this applies to you, please consider participating!
    The study will take place via Zoom in two sessions. You will complete some simple online surveys and storytelling tasks. Estimated completion time is 70-90 minutes total. In exchange for your participation, you will be compensated with $20.
    To sign up for the first session, please visit this link and sign up for a slot Upon registration, you will get an email with details on how to join the Zoom session.
    If you have any questions or want to schedule a session at a different time, please email me at **Note: If you are from Puerto Rico, Argentina, Uruguay, or Cuba OR you speak the Spanish variety from one of those regions, you are NOT eligible to participate at this time, sorry. 
  • Project: Supporting Online Education of Statistics
    Contact: Paul Hur (
    Description: The study will be on the topic of learning introductory statistics. To be eligible for the study, we are recruiting participants who have taken one or zero college-level statistics courses, including course credit received through proficiency exams. The study will involve a brief demographics survey, a pre-test, learning session, and a post-test. The expected duration of the study is about 90 minutes, and participants will receive $15 for completion. Participants must be 18 years or older. Once again, we are recruiting participants who have taken one or zero college-level statistics courses, including course credit received through proficiency exams. If interested in participating, please contact Paul Hur at
  • Project: English Language Study
    Contact: Laura Cummings
    My name is Laura Cummings and I am conducting a study with Prof. Silvina Montrul (Department of Spanish & Portuguese) on the acquisition of language by monolingual and bilingual speakers. If you are a native speaker of English from the Chicagoland area and you have minimal to no experience speaking Spanish, you are invited to participate. Participation consists of completing a language background questionnaire and a language proficiency test, describing one picture book, and identifying a series of images while being audio recorded. Total testing time is less than 50 minutes and participants receive $12 per 50 minutes for completing the task. Testing will take place in the Phonetics and Phonology Lab in the Foreign Language Building (G90). If interested, contact to set up an appointment.
  • Project: Student Perceptions of Helpfulness in Online Course Discussion Forums
    Contact: Dr. Michelle Perry, Dr. Nigel Bosch, or Amos Jeng
    This is a for-credit online survey study designed to help us understand what students find helpful or unhelpful in replies to requests for help posted to online discussion forums. Participation involves answering questions and completing tasks related to help-giving in a statistics course discussion forum. The study is for students who have taken at least 1 semester of a college-level statistics course. Participation will take less than 1 hour, and you will earn 1 research credit for your time. Instructors will be e-mailed a list of participants at the end of the semester.
    The study can be accessed at the following link:
  • Project: Bilingual acquisition of English (Project Flyer)
    Contact: Chae Eun Lee 
    This is a paid/for-credit language production & comprehension study for monolingual English speakers or Korean-English bilingual speakers, or Spanish-English bilingual speakers. You will be asked to complete a series of online tasks. This experiment takes 20-25 minutes. If you are interested, please fill out our contact form here:
  • Product: Fortune Teller
    This is a paid/for-credit ERP study for right-handed native speakers of American English. During the study, you will read some sentences while your naturally occurring brainwaves are recorded. The study will last around 2 hours, and you will receive 2 course credits or $20.  You are not eligible to participate if you previously participated in the study “Grimoire”. This experiment will require you to be in close contact with the researcher for up to 30 minutes as the researcher applies the electrode cap to your head. This contact is similar to what occurs at a hair salon or barber shop. The researcher will take all possible precautions to protect yours and their health in this time.
    In order to participate in this experiment, you must wear a mask and have building access granted through the Safer Illinois App or otherwise. Also please be sure that you are not experiencing any COVID symptoms.
  • Project: Rating of essays and interviews
    Contact: Xun Yan
    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: On the first page will be a more detailed set of instructions outlining the task and compensation structure. 
  • Project: Peanut
    Contact: Jeffrey Green
    This 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


      • 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.