The Study Recruitment Review Committee (SRRC) is sharing the information below about opportunities for students, faculty and staff to participate in studies with permission to recruit participants from the Queens College community. 

Participation is entirely voluntary and it is up to you to decide whether you will choose to participate in a study. All questions or concerns about a particular study should be addressed to the Principal Investigator (PI) listed with the study. To learn more about a study, including how to participate, click the posting. To request permission to recruit participants at QC, follow the instructions For Researchers.


STEM Students’ and Instructors’ Perceptions of a Teaching Career

PI:  Bradley Bergey PhD, Queens College

*Study participants must be STEM students or instructors at Queens College.

Research suggests there may be untapped interest in a teaching career among STEM undergraduates, due in part to misperceptions about secondary teaching among students and STEM faculty. This project investigates science and math undergraduate students’ and faculty members’ perceptions of the teaching profession. Analyses will assess student interest for teaching and compare student and faculty perceptions of the teaching profession. Data are not personally identifiable. To participate in this study, complete one of the surveys below:

Close date: 12/20/2023


Teacher’s Attitudes on Play-based Pedagogy

PI:  Phoebe Gilpin, Graduate Student, Hunter College

*Study participants must be:
EECE students who currently work in early childhood education.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the validity of a survey measurement of educators’ perspectives on play-based pedagogy and examine differences in perspectives among educators currently enrolled in CUNY education courses across early childhood contexts. To participate, please take the survey. For questions, please contact the PI above.

Close date: 5/2/2024


Virtual Reality Intervention for Stress Reduction

PI:  Dr. Terry Huang, CUNY School of Public Health

*Study participants must be:
1) young adults ages 18 to 29;
2) self-reporting moderate or high self-perceived stress (with a perceived stress scale score of 14 or above);
3) are able to participate in the trial within 2 weeks after verbal/signed commitment;
4) have access to a smartphone; and
5) accept to have hair fragments taken for hair cortisol level measurements.

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of the Virtual Reality (VR) in reducing stress levels among young adults. MindCo Relief is an individual-facilitated mobile VR training that combines education and mindfulness techniques for stress reduction. We will recruit 60 young adults in New York City and randomly assign them to two groups. The intervention group will receive MindCo Relief, while the control group will receive no intervention. Stress, anxiety, depression, and quality of life will be measured using self-reported questionnaires; Fitbit data, and hair samples (to measure cortisol levels). The intervention will be delivered over an 8-week period. There is a $50 gift card awarded to the participants after completing the study. To participate, complete our screener form.

Close date: 3/20/2024


Remote Workers’ Cyberslacking and Computer Security 

PI: Ariel Luna, Graduate Student at Nova Southeastern University

*Study participants must be QC faculty or staff.

This study will investigate productivity and cybersecurity of the devices used by employees working remotely. Data will be collected using both a survey and the reporting capabilities of Microsoft Office 365 and device endpoint management tools to obtain the required measures for the study. The results of the proposed study will provide researchers and practitioners insight on the cybersecurity risk that remote workers may pose to an organization. To ensure anonymity, the participants will be provided a participant ID to ensure continuity of data and all PII data will be removed. To participate, please contact the PI at to complete the consent form.

Close date: 10/31/2023


The Impact of Feminisms as Theory, Method, and Praxis

PI: Carolyn Conway, Graduate Student at U Connecticut

*Student participants must be enrolled in a WGS course taught by a CUNY faculty member who has volunteered for the study. Faculty participants must (a) identify as women, (b) have taught 5+ years, and (c) demonstrate a commitment to feminist pedagogy.

The purpose of this study is to examine feminisms as theoretical lines of thought, methods of analysis, and forms of praxis in the classroom and whether feminist aims have a place in early undergraduate student political development. To participate, contact the PI at

Close date: 06/1/2025


Probing Event Structure in Naturalistic Experience

PI: Dr. Kerstin Unger, Queens College

*Study participants must be aged 18-30 and be native English speakers.

The purpose of this research study is to learn more about how we learn and understand everyday life-events and how underlying brain processes change across the life span. These processes could be important for academic and professional success. Participating in this research will involve watching a series of movie clips while brain activity (EEG) is recorded. Sessions may last up to 2 hours and will take place in the Science Building on the Queens College campus.To participate, contact Dr. Kerstin Unger.

Close date: 12/31/2023


When you volunteer to participate in a research project, you have specific rights:

  1. You have the right to know the purpose of the research project.
  2. You have the right to know whether there are risks related to your participation in the study, e.g. the possibility of nausea, pain, anxiety or stress.
  3. You have the right to ask the Principal Investigator (PI) any questions you might have about the research project.
  4. You have the right to know whether your responses will be anonymous or kept confidential. When responses are kept confidential, the researcher knows the identity of a research subject, but takes steps to protect that identity from being discovered by others. When responses are anonymous, the identity of individual subjects is not known to researchers.

In addition, your promise to participate comes with certain responsibilities:

  • Read the consent form before you sign it and ask the Principal Investigator (PI) any questions you may have. You should understand what will happen to you during the study before you agree to participate and carefully weigh the possible benefits and risks (if any) of being in the study.
  • All participants have a responsibility to take the research study seriously and provide honest, thoughtful answers or comments.
  • If you sign up for an in-person session, you are expected to attend the session for which you volunteered and arrive on time. A research session often requires a certain number of participants. While you may withdraw from a study without penalty, your failure to attend a scheduled session can make the participation of others less meaningful. If you must cancel, please do so in advance so that a replacement can be found.

Learn more about CUNY’s Human Research Protection Program Policies and Procedures