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RESEARCH STUDY PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITIES

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. Each of the studies listed below have been approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research.

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.

VALIDATING an ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA CONCEPT INVENTORY

Validating an Elementary Algebra Concept Inventory

PI: Claire Wladis, PhD, BMCC, CUNY

*Study participants must be CUNY students aged 18-65

The goal of this study is to improve our understanding of how students think about important algebra concepts so that we can improve the way that we teach them. A survey will ask you to answer some questions about algebra. Note that we are aiming to assess the quality of these questions — NOT the quality of your knowledge. To participate, contact the PI at cwladis@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Close date: 5/20/2023

PROBING EVENT STRUCTURE in NATURALISTIC EXPERIENCE

PROBING EVENT STRUCTURE IN NATURALISTIC EXPERIENCE

PI: Dr. Kerstin Unger, Queens College

*Study participants must be aged 18-30 and 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

MEASURING LOWER BODY POWER in OLDER ADULTS

MEASURING LOWER BODY POWER in OLDER ADULTS

PI: Anoop Thozhuthungal Balachandran, Ph.D., Queens College, CUNY

*Study participants must be age 60+.

The purpose of this study is to compare the accuracy of two commercially available tools to measure to measure leg muscle power. Leg muscle power declines as we get older and is related to the loss of everyday functioning.

Close date: 5/15/2023

IMPACT of THOUGHTS and EMOTIONS on RELATIONSHIPS

IMPACT OF THOUGHTS AND EMOTIONS ON RELATIONSHIPS

PI: Valentina Nikulina, Ph.D., Queens College, CUNY

*Study participants must be age 18-21.

The purpose of the research is to understand whether changes in thought processes and emotions overtime contribute to changes in relationships of young adults ages 18-21. Participation includes 3 online sessions over 18 months, approximately 2.5 hours each. Participants are compensated with a $50 Amazon gift card for each session ($150 total). See if you qualify by completing the brief screener survey.

Close date: 5/31/2023

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS A RESEARCH PARTICIPANT

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