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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


  • 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.
  • Project: Interacting with teaching vignettes and videos supports teacher learning
    Study Details: For this study, you will view and respond to classroom video clips and teaching scenarios from elementary mathematics lessons. The goal of our research is to understand the ways that videos can be used to facilitate teacher learning. In particular, we will use results to help us modify and improve the Everyday Mathematics Virtual Learning Community and to share our improvements with developers of other similar websites.
    Time Commitment: This study will not take more than one hour of your time; all participants will receive one hour of participation credit. Please note: if you completed this study in spring of 2021, you are ineligible to complete this study in fall of 2021. You may only complete this study once.
    Contact: To access the study’s participation portal, click here: For more information, contact Hana Kearfott (
  • Project name: Sense of belonging patterns over time among college students in the U.S. (online)
    Eligibility: All current UIUC students
    Participation: This study aims to understand college students' sense of belonging patterns over time. This study involves a 15-minute intake survey, 5 minutes daily survey for four weeks, and an interview if selected. The total length of the study will be 5 weeks. The students will get $25 for completing the surveys, and $15 if selected for an interview. The participants can get up to $40 for their participation. All current UIUC students are qualified to participate the study. The detailed information of the study can be found on the attached flyer. If interested, please visit: or scan the QR code to participate.
  • Project: Native English speakers and native Mandarin Chinese speakers (ONLINE STUDY)
    Requirements: We are looking for (1) native speakers of English and (2) second language learners of English who are native speakers of Mandarin Chinese and moved to the US as teenagers or adults.
    Participation: This study involves two experimental sessions. For the first session, you will complete a brief language background survey, two English language tasks, and (for native Mandarin Chinese speakers only) an English proficiency test. The second session will be conducted one to two weeks later and consists of two additional English language tasks. The entire study will be conducted remotely and you will access the experiments through links emailed to you. Each session will take between 30 minutes and an hour.
    Compensation: $30 for native English speakers ($15 per session); $40 for native Mandarin Chinese speakers ($20 per session)
    Contact: Amy Atiles (
  • Project 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:
  • Project 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:
  • Project 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 Title: 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: 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:
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.